Welcome
to the HappyCal Zone
(Honors
AP Calculus BC, Period A)
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Are
you nervous when you see NCWEE? concerned when you see CIRC? perturbed when you
see PBC? Visit Mr. Hansen’s fabled abbreviations
page to make sense of those cryptic markings you see on your papers.
Schedule
at a Glance (see archives for older entries) 


T 5/10/011 
HW due: By the end of class today, each group must submit
a project proposal and a list of proposed milestone dates. Working on this
during class is permitted. Please arrive at or before 8:00 a.m. so that your
group will have maximum benefit from your input. 

W 5/11/011 
HW due: Work on your group project. 

Th 5/12/011 
HW due: Work on your group project. 

F 5/13/011 
Ditto. 

M 5/16/011 
Ditto. 

T 5/17/011 
Ditto. No penalty for tardiness (up to about 15
minutes) if you bring a McDonald’s receipt. 

W 5/18/011 
JBAM competition before
school; no penalty for tardiness (up to about 15 minutes) if you bring a
McDonald’s receipt. 

Th 5/19/011 
Save the
date! Field trip to the NSA’s National Cryptologic Museum, Fort Meade, MD.
Bus will depart at 8:00 a.m. and will return shortly before 1:00 p.m. If you attend, you will be excused from periods AE
and the first half of F period. If you do not attend, there will be a
worksheet for you to work on during what would otherwise have been your
HappyCal class period. 

F 5/20/011 
BIG TRIG competition
before school; no penalty for tardiness (up to about 15 minutes) if you bring
a McDonald’s receipt. 

M 5/23/011 
Class
meets in MH103 again today. 

T 5/24/011 
Group 4 presentation (Michael, Alex, Bogdan):
8:25 a.m. 

W 5/25/011 
Group 1 presentation (Steven, Austin,
Jonathan): 8:25 a.m. 

Th 5/26/011 
Group 2 presentation (Martin, Nicky, Miles):
8:00 a.m. 

F 5/27/011 
Last day of school. 

Th 6/2/011 
Final
Examination, 2:00 p.m., Steuart 201202. 

Essential Links:
 STA School
Handbook
 College
Board: AP Calculus BC Course Description
 Eric Weisstein’s World of
Mathematics, the Web’s most extensive mathematics resource (no kidding!)
 WolframAlpha, a site that I
possibly shouldn’t tell you about . . .
Extra Help:
 Karl’s Calculus Tutor for
firstyear students
 Calc101.com, another site I might not want
to tell you about (click it and you’ll see why)
 Temple University: Calculus on
the Web (COW)
Links Based on Class Discussions:
 Troy’s
Integral Approximation Thingy: a neat JavaScript application for Midpoint
Rule, Trapezoid Rule, Simpson’s Rule, etc.
 The “RiemannSums
Applet” found by John S. (actually shows you the rectangles or trapezoids)
 Chris and Andrew’s proof that
Simpson’s Rule is a weighted average of the Midpoint and Trapezoid Rules
 Braxton’s direct proof of FTC2
 Proof that FTC1 implies FTC2 and
conversely
 Related rates tutorial and
practice problems
 Partial
fraction decomposition with sample problems and solutions, courtesy of the
University of California at Davis
Links for AP Preparation:
 Real
sample AP questions from the College Board
 AB Calculus Cram Sheet
 BC Calculus Cram Sheet
(courtesy of Will Felder and Mr. Hansen)
 “Stuff
you MUST know cold” (link to another AP calculus teacher’s site; requires
Adobe Acrobat reader)
 Review question logsheet
(requires Microsoft Excel); also available are old versions for 2003, 2009, and 2010
 Permitted features for
graphing calculators on the AP examination
 Actual
college calculus tests from Mr. Hansen’s alma mater (great practice!)
 Multiple choice practice #1 with answer key
 Multiple choice practice #2 with answer key
 First semester recap
(recycled from my 200607 IntroCal class, for which this handout served as a
fullyear recap)
Fun Links:
 Homemade “Segway”like balancing scooter uses a fair amount of calculus!
 Mathematicians
as depicted in the movies (Good Will Hunting, etc.)
 An Algebra II problem that
has a calculus flavor to it. (This is problem #26 from §117 of Foerster’s Algebra
and Trigonometry: Functions and Applications.) The problem is to determine
which sweepstakes prize is better: a $20,000 lump sum or $100 a month for life.
Assume 4% annual interest compounded monthly. In part (d), the challenge is to
determine how the answer changes if the interest rate changes to 7%.
 The Mt. Sinai problem and two
variations
 The astonishing BaileyBorweinPlouffe
algorithm for calculating pi to any desired decimal place
 Sound wave analysis
(harmonics, Doppler shift, etc.) / excellent site developed by students at
TJHSST in Virginia
 Good problems
(some calculus, some not)
 More fun links on Mr. Hansen’s home page
Serious Links:
 Summer math camps
for talented high school students
 Click here for other serious links
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Last updated: 27 May 2011