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NCTM Calculus Panel Discussion

The annual AP Calculus Panel Discussion at the NCTM Annual meeting was held on Saturday April 28, 2018. The principal speaker was Stephen Davis, the chief reader for calculus. Stephen has made his slides available for anyone who is interested. The slides are here http://www.ncaapmt.org/archive/crTalks/nctm-apr2018-notes.pdf . The items highlighted in blue are the ones Stephen discussed in…

A Few More Things

The AP Calculus AB and BC exams are scheduled for Tuesday May 15, 2018 at 08:00 local time. That’s about 5 weeks away. I’ve posted all my review notes, finishing well ahead of time so, if you find something useful in them, you’ll have time to incorporate it into your review. I hope you find them…

A Note on Speed

A quick note on speed. The idea of differentiating speed to determine where it is increasing or decreasing is perfectly reasonable. . Then, Since the denominator is positive, and speed is increasing when  and have the same sign, and and speed is decreasing when they have different signs. As a practical matter, this is the…

Type 9: Polar Equation Questions

Ideally, as with parametric and vector functions, polar curves should be introduced and covered thoroughly in a pre-calculus course. Questions on the BC exams have been concerned with calculus ideas related to polar curves. Students have not been asked to know the names of the various curves (rose curves, limaçons, etc.). The graphs are usually…

Type 8: Parametric and Vector Questions

The parametric/vector equation questions only concern motion in a plane. In the plane, the position of a moving object as a function of time, t, can be specified by a pair of parametric equations  or the equivalent vector . The path is the curve traced by the parametric equations or the tips of the position vector. . The velocity of the movement…