Tuesday, September 27, 2016

AP Calculus BC 2016-2017: Limits & Derivatives (September)

AP Calculus BC 2016-2017:
Limits & Derivatives
We are really flying through our review of the AP Calculus AB material! September was all about UNIT02: Limits and UNIT03: Derivatives. I don't do UNIT01 anymore as it's just PreCalculus Review! I'll cover those skills as needed!

This year I'm trying something new:
MCQ Mondays,
TakeHome Tuesdays,
YouTube Wednesdays,
FRQ Fridays.

MCQ Mondays will start in October. Even months we will do practice MCQ Exams using Formative Assessments via Socrative. On odd months we will have actual Mock MCQ Exams as Summative Assessments.

TakeHome Tuesday is when I collect TakeHome Exams. Most tests will be TakeHomes given on Friday and collected on Tuesday.

YouTube Wednesday is infamous for STEAM related Filks as well as month long Documentaries from National Geographic or Nova on PBS.

ThinkPairShare Thursday is when the students get into groups of 2 or 3 with a WhiteBoard to review HomeWork questions they had trouble with.

FRQ Fridays occur at the end of every 2-3 week unit. On Friday I give a preTEST review sheet. We go over it using ThinkPairShare again. The real TEST, similar to the preTEST, is then given at the end of the period as a TakeHome Exam due the following Tuesday.

We talked about basic 2-sided limits and even developed the limit of the secant line slopes as deltaX approaches 0.

We developed the Algebraic Laws of Differentiation. We played with the Power Rule, Trig Rules, Product Rule, Quotient Rule and Chain Rule. We even talked about the derivatives of e^x and ln(x). Finally we worked with Implicit Differentiation and Related Rates!

Here's some related Filks from YouTube

Tom Lehrer YouTube Wednesday 9/7/16

Tom Lehrer YouTube Wednesday 9/14/16

Tom Lehrer YouTube Wednesday 9/21/16

Tom Lehrer YouTube Wednesday 9/28/16

Teaching with Technology, 

Well, that's all folks,
A. Jorge Garcia
Applied Math, Physics and CS
2017 NYS Secondary Math PAEMST Nominee

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