Introducing Power Series

The posts for the next several weeks will be on topics tested only on the BC Calculus exams. Continuing with some posts on introducing power series (the Taylor and Maclaurin series) Introducing Power Series 1 Two examples to lead off with. Introducing Power Series 2 Looking at the graph of a power series foreshadows the…

Getting Ready

Today we continue to look at some previous posts that I hope will help you and your students throughout the year. We begin with some posts on graphing calculator use and then a few general things in three posts on beginning the year, followed by some mathematics I hope students know before they start studying…

My Favorite Function

My favorite function is . I like to ask folks how many zeros this function has on the interval . Most folks will get their calculator out and graph the function on the interval Two zeros: one at 1 and the other about 0.05 more or less. So then I suggest they look at .…

Calculator Use on the AP Exams

In my final post on reviewing for the AP Calculus exams I return to calculator use. I hope everyone has been using calculators all year long. (My opinion is that students should be given a CAS calculator, or CAS computer program, or now even an iPad CAS app on the first day of Algebra 1…