Welcome
to the Calculus Zone
(AP
Calculus AB, Period A)
Web address shortcut for this page: www.modd.net/56calc
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 5/16/06 
Quiz on yesterday’s talk. 

W 5/17/06 
Guest
speaker: Mr. Joe Morris of the MITRE Corporation will speak on the history of
computers. This is a fascinating talk, covering many of the technologies that
we take for granted today. 

Th 5/18/06 
HW due: Read Lessons from
the Pentagon if you have not already done so. 

F 5/19/06 
Quiz on Wednesday’s talk. 

M 5/22/06 
Final Exam, Room R, 8:00 a.m. Seniors with fewer than 12 absences for the second
semester are exempt. The format will be all multiple choice with a penalty
for wrong guesses, but the exam will be graded on a curve. 

Essential Links:
 College
Board: AP Calculus AB Course Description
 Eric Weisstein’s World of
Mathematics, the Web’s most extensive mathematics resource (no kidding!)
Extra Help:
 Karl’s Calculus Tutor for
firstyear students
 Calc101.com, a site I really shouldn’t 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.
 Another
integral approximator tool 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 many sample problems and solutions
Links for AP Preparation:
 Real
sample AP questions from the College Board
 AB Calculus Cram Sheet
(courtesy of Will Felder and Mr. Hansen)
 BC Calculus Cram Sheet from
previous years
 “Stuff
you MUST know cold” (link to another AP calculus teacher’s site; requires
Adobe Acrobat reader)
 Review question logsheet
(requires Microsoft Excel)
 Permitted features for
graphing calculators on the AP examination: you’ll definitely want to print
this one out
 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
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: 21 May 2006