Adapting 2021 BC 6

Nine of nine. We continue our look at the 2021 free-response questions. We will look at ways to adapt, expand, and explore this question to help students better understand it and look at other questions that can be asked based on a similar stem. 2021 BC 6 This is a Sequence and Series (Type 10)…

Type 10: Sequences and Series Questions

The last BC question on the exams usually concerns sequences and series. The question usually asks students to write a Taylor or Maclaurin series and to answer questions about it and its interval of convergence, or about a related series found by differentiating or integrating. The topics may appear in other free-response questions and in…

Power Series 2

This is a BC topic Good Question 16 (11-30-2018) What you get when you substitute. Geometric Series – Far Out (2-14-2017) A very interesting and instructive mistake Synthetic Summer Fun (7-10-2017) Finding the Taylor series coefficients without differentiating Error Bounds (2-22-2013) The alternating series error bound, and the Lagrange error bound The Lagrange Highway (5-20-15)…

Power Series 1

This is a BC topic POWER SERIES (Maclaurin series and Taylor series) Introducing Power Series 1 (2-8-2013) Making better approximations Introducing Power Series 2 (2-11-2013) Graphing and seeing the interval of convergence Introducing Power Series 3 (2-13-2013) Questions pointing the way to power series Graphing Taylor Polynomials (2-7-2017) Using a graphing calculator to graphs Taylor…

Good Question 14

Good Question 14 – The Integral Test I have no criteria for what constitutes a “Good Question” for this series of occasional posts. They are just questions that I found interesting, or that seem more than usually instructive, or that I learn something from. I cannot quote this question (2016 BC 92) since it is…

Infinite Series

The posts for the next several weeks will be on topics tested only on the BC Calculus exams. The first few weeks will be past posts on sequences and series. That will be followed, in February, by a discussion of Parametric and Vector functions, and Polar equation. We begin with series. Comparison Test Chart A table…