Calculus Camp

Today I welcome a guest blogger. Robert Vriesman writes about his Calculus Camp. The annual camp is a great review technique. I was honored to be invited this year and had a great time helping the kids. Thank you Robert for the Blog and the weekend with your students Many high schools around the nation…

May

Only a few days until the AP Calculus Exams! Time to get psyched-up! Here is some final advice to your students about How, not only to Survive the AP Calculus exam, but to prevail … And a previous post on Getting Ready for the Exam with last-minute advice. Good Luck to all your students – but…

微积分

 微积分 is Chinese for calculus. I spent the last week in China and Taiwan doing two workshops for AP Calculus teachers for the College Board. It was an interesting and fun trip for me. To get to China from Dallas you fly due north almost to the North Pole and then turn left and fly south…

My New Calculator

I bought a new handheld calculator! Actually, it is not new; it was made about 1965. It is a Curta Type I. Curta calculators were invented by Curt Herzstark (1902 – 1988) who, according to Wikipedia: … was born in Vienna, the son of Marie and Samuel Jakob Herzstark. His father was Jewish and his mother,…

February 2015

   Calculus Teacher Makes the Big Times Before turning to this months posts, I though you might be interested this. There is an interesting profile of Yitang Zhang in this week’s The New Yorker magazine by Alex Wilkinson. Mr. Zhang is a mathematician whose interest is “bound gaps” a problem in number theory on prime numbers.…

January

Happy New Year! The January posts from past years finish the methods of integration thread from December and then go onto applications of integration: area between graphs, volume, and average value of a function. The month ends with a series on accumulation and functions defined by integrals.These run into February, so I’ve included them in the…

December

Which are you looking forward to more: winter vacation or teaching Riemann sums and the FTC? Well okay, vacation; me too – except that being retired is like vacation almost every day. Anyway, before vacation or certainly right after comes Riemann sums and the Fundamental Theorem, one of my favorite parts of the curriculum. This…