A Lesson on Sequences

This blog post describes a lesson that investigates some ideas about sequences that are not stressed in the AP Calculus curriculum. The lesson could be an introduction to sequences. I think the lesson would work in an Algebra I course and is certainly suitable for a pre-calculus course. The investigation is of irrational numbers and…

Then there is this – Existence Theorems

Existence Theorems An existence theorem is a theorem that says, if the hypotheses are met, that something, usually a number, must exist. For example, the Mean Value Theorem is an existence theorem: If a function f is defined on the closed interval [a, b] and differentiable on the open interval (a, b), then there exists…

AP Calculus Prerequisites

College Board Prerequisites Whenever I led a calculus workshop or APSI, I always spent a little time discussing the prerequisites for AP Calculus. Unfortunately, in some schools AP Calculus is a course for only the talented and little time is spent aligning the mathematics program and courses from 7th grade on so that more students…

Mathematical Practices

In March, I attending a training session given by the College Board on the new 2019 AP Calculus Course and Exam Description (2019 CED). I was impressed by the copious other materials the College Board had prepared for the roll-out that will be available at summer institutes. Among these was the Mathematical Practices. The MPACs…

The 2019 CED and This Blog

The new 2019 AP Calculus AB and BC Course and Exam Description is now available. New and experienced AP Calculus teachers should download a copy and read it carefully. (A paper copy with binder can be ordered here – it’s FREE.) The main sections of the book are here with notes on each. Part 1: General…

Tuesday and Beyond

So, Tuesday is the day. My usual suggestion for Monday is to get the kids both relaxed and psyched. They know it by now; not much more you can pour into their heads. So, not last minute advice or hints. Good Luck and best wishes. Looking ahead – May: the new Course and Exam Description for…