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Graphing Calculator Use

First in a series.  I am going to (try to) write a series of posts this fall on graphing calculator use in for calculus. Graphing calculators became generally available around 1989 and were made a requirement for use on the AP calculus exams in 1995. The hope was that they would encourage the use of…

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Back to School – 2016

BACK TO SCHOOL – The three words we love and we hate. I’ve been touching up the blog a bit this week. I hope the changes will make it easier to find posts on the topics you are interested in, and the blog more useful in general. The THRU THE YEAR tab on the navigation…

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Parts and More Parts

At an APSI this summer the participants and I got to discussing the “tabular method” for integration by parts. Since we were getting far from what is tested on the BC Calculus exams I ended the discussion and said for those that were interested I would post more on the tabular method this blog going…

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Summertime

Well school is over in most of the country, even if the folks here in the Northeast do have a few weeks to go . I am not planning to write much over the summer; I’d like to, but am short on ideas.  So if you have any questions, suggestions, or just something from Calculusville you’d like…

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May 2016

The AP Calculus year is almost over. The exam is a few days away. I hope you kids do well. They say, that being a teacher, no matter how well you do your job you have to start over again next fall. I guess I can’t argue with that. AP Calculus teachers are no different,…

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April 2016 – Exam Review

This is a copy of my March 2016 post. It is review time and here are the links to my post on reviewing for the AP Calculus Exams This year’s AP Calculus exams are on the morning of Thursday May 5, 2016. This month AP Calculus teachers will continue their review for the exams. The links to past…

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What is a Solution?

“How does one solve x + ln(x) = c algebraically?” A teachers asked that on the old calculus electronic discussion group (EDG) and it got me to thinking about what a “solution” really is. We start by teaching students how to solve linear equations; the idea is to do some arithmetic and/or algebraic operations on…