Exams or Vacation?

What are you looking forward to most: the exam or April vacation? As I’ve mentioned before, I try to keep my posts a little ahead of where I assume you are. With the exams in less than a month away, this means I’m about done for this year. I’m now going to take some time…

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Ted Gott’s Exam Index

My friend Ted Gott has just prepared a new index to the AP Calculus exam free-response questions from 1998 to the present. Expanding on an earlier spread sheet by Mark Howell, Ted has referenced all the questions to the Learning Outcomes (LO) and Essential Knowledge (EK) statements of the new Course and Exam Description. AND…

Other Topics (Type 7)

Any topic in the Course and Exam Description may be the subject of a free-response question. The two topics listed here have been the subject of full free-response questions or major parts of them. Implicitly defined relations and implicit differentiation These questions may ask students to find the first or second derivative of an implicitly…

Table & Riemann Sum Questions (Type 5)

Tables may be used to test a variety of ideas in calculus including analysis of functions, accumulation, position-velocity-acceleration, theory and theorems among others. Numbers and working with numbers is part of the Rule of Four and table problems are one way this is tested.  What students should be able to do: Find the average rate…

Graph Analysis (Type 3)

The long name is “Here’s the graph of the derivative, tell me things about the function.” Most often students are given the graph identified as the derivative of a function. There is no equation given and it is not expected that students will write the equation (although this may be possible); rather, students are expected…