Type 6 Questions: Differential Equations

Differential equations are tested every year. The actual solving of the differential equation is usually the main part of the problem, but it is accompanied by a related question such as a slope field or a tangent line approximation. BC students may also be asked to approximate using Euler’s Method. Large parts of the BC…

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Type 5: Table and Riemann Sum Questions

Before we look at the table and Riemann sum problem take a look at this: A Google Employee has calculated to over a trillion decimal places, To be exact 31,425925,535,897 places…Hum, where have I seen those digits before?  And it only took took 25 virtual machines 121 days to do it. On to Riemann sums…

Type 2 Questions: Linear Motion

We continue the discussion of the various type questions on the AP Calculus Exams with linear motion questions. “A particle (or car, or bicycle) moves on a number line ….” These questions may give the position equation, the velocity equation (most often), or the acceleration equation of something that is moving, along with an initial…

Type 1 Questions: Rate and Accumulation

The Free-response Questions There are ten general categories of AP Calculus free-response questions. As I’ve done in part years, I will consider each individually over the next few weeks posting on Tuesdays and Fridays. These will be updates of last year’s posts. Here is the list of the types and the schedule: Tuesday March 5, 2019…

Resources for Reviewing

This is a list of links to some resources for reviewing. How, Not Only to Survive, but to Prevail… –  Notes and advice for your students. You may copy and duplicate this for your class. Calculator Use on the AP Exams – hints and instruction. Ted Gott’s Free-response Index – an excel spreadsheet searchable by…