Graphing Taylor Polynomials

The seventh in the Graphing Calculator / Technology series Here are some hints for graphing Taylor polynomials using technology. (The illustrations are made using a TI-8x calculator. The  ideas are the same on other graphing calculators; the syntax may be slightly different.) Each successive term of a Taylor polynomial consists of all the previous terms…

Differential Equations

Differential Equations 1 The next several posts will cover the fundamentals of the topic of differential equations at least as far as is needed for an AP Calculus course. We will begin at the beginning. What is a differential equation? A differential equation is an equation with one or more derivatives in it. It may be…

Calculators

First some history and then an opinion I remember buying my first electronic calculator in the late 1960s. It did addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, and could remember one number. It displayed 8 digits and had a special button that displayed the next eight digits I remember using those next eight digits never. To buy…

Socrative

As you may know I have unretired this year and gone back to high school teaching; I’m filling in for a friend who is on sabbatical. It turns out that this takes a lot of time and so I’ve been writing very little and perhaps neglecting my blog. Today I would like to share a…

Local Linearity II

Using Local Linearity to introduce difference quotient and the derivative. A good way to introduce difference quotients and derivatives is to write the equation of the “line” you see when you zoom-in on a locally linear function. First: Ask your class to use their calculator or computer grapher to graph a function, say y =…