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…

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…

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…

What’s Your Favorite?

A very short post today. Audrey Weeks, author of Calculus in Motion, sent me this link to a BBC article by Melissa Hogenboom discussing the 10 most beautiful equations. Each equation can be clicked for more details and some of the links even have videos discussing the equation. Click here for You decide: What is the most beautiful equation? After reading…

When are we ever …

The following answer to a question we’ve all been asked was posted yesterday on a private Facebook page for AP Calculus readers. The author, Allen Wolmer is a teacher and AP Calculus reader. He teaches at Yeshiva Atlanta High School, in Atlanta, Georgia. I reprint it here with his kind permission. Thank you Allen.     A…

December 2015

Here are the past posts for December. The topics are those leading to integration and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. The four featured post below are the most popular December posts from past years. I hope you all have a happy holiday season as you get ready for the New Year. November 18, 2012 Antidifferentiation…

October 2015

A personal note: My wife and I just moved from Texas back to Saratoga County, New York where I spend 29 years teaching. My seven and one-half years in Texas were a lot of fun. I had the opportunity to travel all over the USA from Boston to Honolulu, working with calculus teachers, which I…