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AP Calculus AB

An interactive log for students and parents in my AP Calculus class. This ongoing dialogue is as rich as YOU make it. Visit often and post your comments freely.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Math can be Colorful

To be Organize means to arrange in coherent form or to have a system. Using different colors were very helpful in dealing with integration by parts. To be successful in this part of the course, we need to know how to organize our signs and understand which is which by organizing what we have. Our example for today proved this theory. We found out that the reason why we have simple errors are because we forget our signs and we work very disorganized. Truly, if your work is organized like Mr. K's it is easier to see what we still need to do and what we've done wrong. Almost all of our time was used for answering this questions for this question though not very hard in nature but very complicated in terms of bookkeeping. I'm pondering to myself if it is necessary to elaborate this question for like I said its not challenging. I now decided not to explain the group question further but rather give tips on what we need to remember in answering this questions
  1. We need to understand what is given and what we need to figure out.
  2. Next is to know what steps we need to take in order to go to where we want to go. Choose the right method in solving. Remember not to use a shotgun to kill a mosquito.
  3. Forget not the signs
  4. Be cautious with regards to finishing up the question. Finding the antiderivative is less than half way the battle.
After the group work we discussed transcendental functions which I found out are functions that is not algebraic or cannot be expressed in algebraic form like exponential functions and trigonometric functions. We really didn't have time to discuss fully the topic we need to so I giving the topic to tomorrow's scribe which is...


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  • At 5:07 PM CST, Blogger Mr. Kuropatwa said…

    Jayson, this is a really wonderful scribe post! Your use of colour to convey your message is really well done and you've organized and presented your thoughts clearly.

    One thing though; it would help to have the question you were taking about included in the post. Why don't you do that some time over the weekend? ;-)


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