Graphing Integrals

The fifth in the Graphing Calculator / Technology series The topic of integration is coming up soon. Here are some notes and ideas about the integration operation on graphing calculators. The entries are the same or very similar for all calculator brands. The basic problem of evaluating a definite integral on a graphing calculator is done…

The AP Calculus Concept Outline.

This is the first of four posts on the new AP® Calculus AB and AP® Calculus BC Course and Exam Description (CED). If you do not yet have a copy, click the link above to download the PDF version. The CED contains general information about the AP Calculus program (format of the exams, number of questions,…

The Mathematical Practices

This is the second of four posts on the new AP® Calculus AB and AP® Calculus BC Course and Exam Description  (CED). If you do not yet have a copy, click the link above to download the PDF version. What is really new, important, and nice in the new CED are the Mathematical Practices or MPACs. I…

Instructional Approaches for AP Calculus

This is the third of four posts on the new AP® Calculus AB and AP® Calculus BC Course and Exam Description (CED). If you do not yet have a copy, click the link above to download the PDF version. In previous posts I discussed the Concept Outline from the new CED, the Big Ideas and the related Enduring…

Getting Organized

There is a lot to put together in the new AP® Calculus AB and AP® Calculus BC Course and Exam Description (CED). Today I’m going to show you a way to organized all of this and arrange it to plan you lessons and your year. Don’t worry: I’ve done the tedious part for you and we’ll…

May 2016

The AP Calculus year is almost over. The exam is a few days away. I hope you kids do well. They say, that being a teacher, no matter how well you do your job you have to start over again next fall. I guess I can’t argue with that. AP Calculus teachers are no different,…

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…