Good Question 15

My choices for the Good Question series are somewhat eclectic. Some are chosen because they are good, some because they are bad, some because I learned something from them, some because they can be extended, and some because they can illustrate some point of mathematics. This question and the next, Good Question 16, are in…

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…

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…