Introducing Power Series

The posts for the next several weeks will be on topics tested only on the BC Calculus exams. Continuing with some posts on introducing power series (the Taylor and Maclaurin series) Introducing Power Series 1 Two examples to lead off with. Introducing Power Series 2 Looking at the graph of a power series foreshadows the…

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Units

I had a question from a reader recently asking about how to determine the units for derivatives and integrals. Derivatives: The units of the derivative are the units of dy divided by the units of dx, or the units of the dependent variable (f(x) or y) divided by the units of the independent variable (x).…

Infinite Series

The posts for the next several weeks will be on topics tested only on the BC Calculus exams. The first few weeks will be past posts on sequences and series. That will be followed, in February, by a discussion of Parametric and Vector functions, and Polar equation. We begin with series. Comparison Test Chart A table…

Posts on Differential Equations – 2

More posts on differential equations Good Question 2 (2002 BC 5) and A Family of Function (Good Question 2 continued) – one of my all-time favorite AP exam questions. Parts a, c, and d are suitable for AB students. Part b is a Euler’s method question. Part d is an example of a question where…

Posts in Differential Equations – 1

Next in line are differential equations. Here are links to some past posts on differential equations Differential Equations Outline of basic ideas for AB and BC calculus Slope Fields Euler’s Method – a BC only topic Domain of a Differential Equation mentioned on the new Course and Exam Description Good Question 6  2000 AB 4…

Good Question 13

Let’s end the year with this problem that I came across a while ago in a review book: Integrate  It was a multiple-choice question and had four choices for the answer. The author intended it to be done with a u-substitution, but being a bit rusty I tried integration by parts. I got the correct answer,…