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(Honors AP Calculus, Period C; click here for abbreviations)
Schedule at a Glance (click here for schedule archives) 


M 5/15/00 
Last week of class begins. Today we will gather s(t), v(t), and a(t) data using the TI83 ultrasonic ranger (lots of fun). Unfortunately, it looks as if we won’t be going to the National Air and Space Museum this week, because school groups require a 4week advance reservation. (We could go downtown and wander around in the museum with no agenda, but you could probably do that more effectively on your own some weekend.) 


T 5/16/00 
Lecture and calculator activity on uses of the definite integral in statistics 


W 5/17/00 
Field trip to National Cryptologic Museum at NSA, Fort Meade, MD. Meet at bus loading area next to the gym at 9:00 a.m. sharp. We will leave at 9:05 a.m., so don’t be late. You will be excused from your B, C, D, and E periods if you come on the field trip. In order to avoid an unexcused absence, you must either attend the field trip or work the alternate problem. The alternate problem is a substitute for the field trip and is required even if you have an excused absence, such as an AP exam. If your other teachers give you permission, you can attend the field trip even if you have not already signed up. 


Th 5/18/00 
Videos and awards ceremony (directed by Riley Soles) 


F 5/19/00 
Videos (continued). This class is required for those who missed yesterday, but it is optional for everyone else. 


F 5/26/00 
Final Exam, 11:00 a.m., Trapier Theater. Anyone with a B (or higher) semester average who has already taken the AP exam is exempt from taking the final exam. Seniors with a B semester average are exempt even if they do not take the AP exam. Anyone with a semester average below B must take the final exam, regardless of AP exam status. If you think you might be in danger of having to take the final exam, send email and I will reply with your scores as soon as they are averaged. 





Essential Links:
 College Board: AP Calculus Main Page
Links Based on Class Discussions:
 Related rates practice problem (not hard, but nicely structured, with stepbystep programmed help if you make a mistake somewhere along the line)
 Limaçon of Pascal (with adjustable parameters)
Links for AP Preparation:
 Alvirne H.S., Hudson, NH (great site!)
 Temple University: Calculus on the Web (COW)
 Actual college calculus tests from Mr. Hansen's alma mater (great practice!)
 College Board: AP Calculus Main Page (same as the link you saw above under "essential links")
Fun Links:
 Mathematicians as depicted in the movies (Good Will Hunting, etc.)
 National Cryptologic Museum, brought to you by the NSA (No Such Agency)
 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 amazing BanachTarski Paradox, which apparently permits any sphere to be cut and reassembled into two spheres, each having the volume of the original sphere
 The equally astonishing digitextraction algorithm for calculating pi to the gazillionth 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 (click here)
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Last updated: 22 May 2000