Calculus (AP Math BC) 2017-2018

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Calculus Homework

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Next Test: Wed October 4 (generally every other Wednesday)

Due Date Assignment
Tue 8/22
* Sign Up for WeBWork
* TurnIn: Observations Please
* Though you will need to be have and know how to use a hand held graphing calculator (e.g. TI-84) for the AP exam, you will find the Demos Graphing Calculator which runs on computers, smart phones, and tablets, to be very useful. Start by trying it on a computer. You can save your work if you click sign-in in the upper left hand corner of the window.
* Work through this brief introduction to graphing functions in Desmos.

Wed 8/23
Turn In: Second draft of Headlands Bicycle problem on page 2 of kwiki 20002 Note that you may need to make an assumption about my ride to get a unique solution for flat, uphill, and downhill miles. Be sure to state your assumption.
* Spend 30 minutes working on the questions.
* Then spend 15 minutes writing a second draft of your answers and graphs.
* I do not want to see your initial work. Use new paper for your second draft.

Thu 8/24
* Read Whitman section 1.3 Functions
* Do exercises 13, 14, 15, 16
* Be prepared to talk about kwiki 20003 questions 4, 5, and 6.

Fri 8/25
* WeBWork: “Orientation”
Your login is all lower case lastname_firstname
e.g. newton_isaac using the names you entered. Although the closing time is midnight Sunday, I expect you to spend 45 minutes (or less) to work your way through this orientation tonight.
* Precalc Quiz: 30 minutes, 2 free response questions.

Mon 8/28
* Consider what you learned your first week of your journey through Calculus. You should talk about amount functions, rate functions, locally linear, and our seven easy pieces of “nice” function curves. Your tasks are to create two documents that will help students learn about these concepts.

1. Building Rate Functions: Take a look at this mathlet - Building a Rate Function. The mathlet needs user guide:
— (a) a set of instructions how to use the buttons, boxes, etc.; and
— (b) a paragraph explaining how \(f'(x)\) is defined and what \(f'(x)\) means.
Be sure to explain and use the concepts of amount functions, rate functions, and locally linear.

2. Using Rate Functions: Make nice version of the Seven Easy Pieces table (see kwiki 20005 question 1) and write a paragraph describing what the table says.

TurnIn: in typed second drafts of your work for tasks 1 and 2. (You can handwrite parts that might be difficult for you to do with a computer.)


* (For a few of you who haven’t finished WeBWork: “Orientation”, it closes Sunday evening.)

Tue 8/29
* Review HMC Functions and Transformations of Functions
* Start and Finish WeBWork: “New Functions from Old”

* You might take a look at my interactive diagram from today’s slopes question.

Wed 8/30
* TurnIn: Redo questions 1 and 2 of today’s kwiki.
— Briefly explain why each answer is correct.
— Sketch the requested graph of \(f'\) on the graph of \(f\).
— Sketch the requested graph of \(g\) on the graph of \(g'\).

* Take another careful look at Building a rate function

Thu 8/31
* WeBWork: “Exponential Functions”
* Put the difference quotient equation \[ f'(a) = \lim_{h \rightarrow 0} \frac{f(a+h)-f(a)}{h}\] on a PostIt. Place this PostIt on your bathroom mirror.
* Take a look at Geometry of a Difference Quotient.
* Your notes should include the concepts of stationary and critical points, and our definition of \(e\).

Fri 9/1
* WeBWork: “Inverse Functions and Logarithms” Pls attempt to finish this WeBWorK assignment tonight (but stop after 45 minutes if you are not done.)
Exponential and Log Functions is a brief review.


* Check your understanding of seven easy pieces with graph match - big derivative puzzle (described at Places to Visit)

* Use Looking at \(b^x\) at (0,1) to approximate the value of \(b\) that gives a graph tangent to \(y=x+1\)

Tue 9/5
* WeBWork: “Chapter 1 Review”
* Use Looking at \(b^x\) at (0,1) to approximate the value of \(b\) that gives a graph tangent to \(y=x+1\)
* HeadsUp: Test on Wednesday

Wed 9/6
Test (No calculators)

Thu 9/7
* Actively read HWS Intro to Limits.
* WeBWork: “bic Limit of a Function” (one night only)

Fri 9/8
* Review One sided limits and Limit Properties
* WeBWork: “bic Calculating Limits Using the Limit Laws”


Mon 9/11
An Important Trig Limit
* Work on a first draft of your solution to evaluating \[\lim_{\theta \rightarrow 0^{+}} \frac{\sin \theta}{\theta}\] See Kwiki 20011 Note: The kwiki question is structured to get you to think about the problem. Your solution need not be organized to mirror my kwiki questions.

* TurnIn: a typed second draft of a complete write-up. Be sure to include at least one diagram.
A complete write-up has a title and four labeled sections:
__ Problem a full statement of problem
__ Game Plan a summary of your approach
__ Solution
__ Final Thoughts comments about the problem and/or your solution


Tue 9/12
* Read at least first page of Continuity Notes
* WeBWork: “bic-Continuity”
* Bring your graphing calculator to class.

Wed 9/13
* WeBWork: “Shrinking Circle Problem”
TurnIn: An organized second draft write-up of your work on this problem. This can be neatly handwritten.
Note: If you do not solve the problem, come up with a question whose answer would help you get to a solution.

Thu 9/14
* Carefully read Adjectives for Functions
* Do exercises 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 (on last page). Be sure to bring your Calculus notebook to class so that I can see your work.
* Be prepared to discuss any of the problems on Kwiki 20014 by writing responses in your notebook.
* Take a careful look at my sample write-up

Fri 9/15
* Be prepared to discuss all problems on the back of Kwiki 20015 by writing responses in your notebook.
* TurnIn: A second draft of complete write-up for question 3:
\(\bullet\) \(f(x)\) even and differentiable \(\implies f'(x)\) odd
Consider why this statement is true by looking at the geometry behind the \(h \rightarrow 0\) difference quotient. Draw a good diagram labeling the relevant points. [Hint: Start with just two points in the first quadrant.]

(Take a careful look at my sample write-up)

Mon 9/18
TurnIn: a Poster for WeBWork: “bic-alien-headlight”
— Solve the problem. A graphing calculator or Desmos might help, but guess and check is not an acceptable method.
— Plan a poster presentation of your solution using the standard write-up format.
— Use Desmos to make a diagram.
— Use one piece of standard
\(8.5 \times 11\) paper.

Tue 9/19
* Second Derivative Exercises #1,2,4,6
* ReCheck your understanding of seven easy pieces with graph match - big derivative puzzle (described at Places to Visit)
* Start reviewing for Wednesday’s Test.

Wed 9/20
Test

Fri 9/22
Do Derivative Rules 1 worksheet twice. Use stratch paper (or another copy of this worksheet) for your first drafts. Neatly write your second drafts on the worksheet, and bring it to class.

Mon 9/25
* Read and Do exercises for Derivative Short Cuts - Power Rule
Sec 3.1 #1,3,4,5;
sec 3.2 #1-5(all) 7,9

* Make a Desmos graph of \(f(x)=ax^2+bx+c\).
___ Use sliders for the parameters (\(a\), \(b\), and \(c\)) to explore what each parameter does.
___ Save your file, because you will be doing more with it Monday.

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Kwikis

Set 3

Set 2


Set 1


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