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Why Shadowfax? Our cluster is so fast that we named it after the Lord Of The Rings character!

Website once known as http://CalcPage.tripod.com (1988 – 2008)

preCalculus for Seniors continued Chapter 2 all about Transformations and Compositions! I think that next week we'll finish Chapter 2 and have a unit test! Here's our ScreenCasts and SmartNotes for this week:

preCalculus Honors for Juniors started Chapter 5 all about Inverse Functions, Exponential Functions and Logarithmic Functions! I think that next week we'll finish Chapter 5 and have a unit test! Here's our ScreenCasts and SmartNotes for this week:

AP Calculus BC started Unit 3 all about Algebraic Differentiation Rules, High Order Derivatives and Derivatives of Trigonometric Functions! I think that next week we'll finish Chapter 3 and have a unit test! Here's our ScreenCasts and SmartNotes for this week:

Computer Science Honors started Chapter 2 all about Computer Hardware and the Python Interpreter! I think that next week we'll finish Chapter 2 and start Lab 2. Here's our ScreenCasts and Code for this week:

Code for Chapter 2 Section 2. Code for Chapter 2 Section 3 Code for Chapter 2 Section 4

Teaching AP Computer Science: Starting Chapter 3 Lab!
AP Computer Science is leaving the world of OBP (Object Based Programming) from Chapter 2 and going head long into the world of OOP (Object Oriented Programming) in Chapter 3. We not only have a main class, but we are now designing our own derived classes! We not only have header comments for each class, we are also writing javadoc for each method! We are writing our own contructors, accessors, mutators and instance fields. Are we good at this or what?
You will note that this year I am spending no time on the textbook readings, that's homework. I'm going straight to the end of chapter exercises. I model questions 1,3,5,7,9 as classwork and the students complete questions 2,4,6,8,10 as a lab. This works great as I still get to teach all the material in the chapter, and the students can still work in groups practicing all the coding, but we don't waste a lot of time going over the text, using the text's labbook or doing tests in class.
I think that next week I'll give our first Take Home Tuesday. Here's our ScreenCast and Code for this week:

There was only on choice for this week's YouTube Wednesday (see above) as we had a 3 day week due to Rosh Hashana. Next week have Yum Kippur on Wednesday....

We also had Know Your School Night this week. It was great! I didn't tell the parents anything. I gave them an oral quiz instead: My name is? Mr. Garcia This class is? preCalculus, ... The textbook is? preCalculus, ... I've been teaching Computing since? 1975 I've been teaching High School since? 1984 I've been teaching AP Calculus since? 1993 I've been teaching College since? 1995 What is Edmodo? ... What is ScreenCasting? ... What are SmartNotes? ... What is BlogSpot? ... What is Flipping the Classroom? ... What is WhiteBoarding? ... What's a Graphing Calculator? ... What is SAGE? ... Here's a little background music from Bear McCreary: I hope you enjoyed this week's update!

Teaching Math 4R: Starting Chapter 2: Library Functions! We started Chapter 2 this week and had a lot of fun with Library Functions, aka Mother Functions! Below, you will find the Syllabus for this unit as well as our ScreenCasts and Smartnotes for the week.

Teaching Math 4H: Chapter 4 Real and Complex Roots Completed!

We finished Chapter 4 this week. We talked mostly about solving Polynomial Equations with a Real Coefficients and Complex Roots. Below, you will find the current Syllabus, all our ScreenCasts and SmartNotes for the week!

Teaching Math 5HBC: UNIT 2 is done! We've been playing with limits and the definition of the derivative for 3 weeks! Below you will find the syllabus for this unit and all our ScreenCasts and SmartNotes for the week. We just finished up the chapter with section 206 on the existence of the derivative.

Teaching Computer Science Honors: Starting Lab 1! We finished Chapter 1 this week and started a lab. The last section we completed in the book was 105: Pythonic Functions.