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Slides due 6/12

posted Jun 9, 2020, 9:01 AM by Nikhil Joshi   [ updated Jun 9, 2020, 9:05 AM ]

Reminder that your final project slides are due on Friday 6/12.

6-2 Update

posted Jun 2, 2020, 10:39 AM by Nikhil Joshi

I have attached a new file called "03-Euler Trajectories.xlsx" to help you in your computations. The new file does some basic trig computations to turn a launch accelleration and launch angle in degrees to a_x(0) and a_y(0) values (initial accelerations in x and y directions). 

6/1 Update

posted Jun 1, 2020, 11:38 AM by Nikhil Joshi   [ updated Jun 1, 2020, 11:39 AM ]

I have created a new basic spreadsheet for your Euler project.

It's called "02-Double Euler" and will help you understand how to implement Euler's method twice to go from a(t) ---> v(t) ---> s(t).

See the attachments at the bottom of the Mini-Project page.

5/25 Update

posted May 25, 2020, 7:32 PM by Nikhil Joshi

I have posted a new video on Euler's Method on my Youtube channel. Please watch it and review chapter 9.2 - Direction Fields and Euler's Method.

This is the core content for the mini project, which will be the last assignment of the year. Please see "Post AP Test Mini-Project" on the navigation bar.

5/22 Update

posted May 22, 2020, 10:51 AM by Nikhil Joshi   [ updated May 22, 2020, 11:09 AM ]

You should have received an email from Ms. Tipton that discussed a new online class schedule we want to try. The goals are
  • Limit Zoom time (and leave time to complete HW online)
  • Provide more flexibility to students (thus Zoom classes in morning and afternoon in case your responsibilities only allow mornings or afternoons)
  • Allow for advisory
  • Provide a mid-week break of sorts to catch up on homework, re-energize etc.
  • Allow for staff office hours to answer your questions and otherwise support students
  • Allow for staff meetings to coordinate, plan, deal with staff tasks 
Please see the attached PDF below to view the schedule.

I have updated the class calendar to reflect our new meeting times. You can access the Zoom link by clicking on the event in the calendar. We will start this new schedule on Tuesday 5/26.

Calculus and Astronomy will meet twice per week per the schedule. FbD will meet on Thursdays. 

5/9 Update

posted May 9, 2020, 6:55 PM by Nikhil Joshi

I have a new video on how to determine if an object is speeding up or slowing down using calculus. I think it's important because it's another way to analyze derivatives, especially with tables, sign charts, and graphs. Could be useful for the AP test this year since they will be focusing on analysis in place of computation.

Please watch this before the AP test!

5/1 Update

posted May 1, 2020, 11:22 AM by Nikhil Joshi   [ updated May 1, 2020, 11:23 AM ]

Attached below are the 2008 Released Practice Exam FRQs. They are interesting because the College Board provided actual responses from students to the questions for various score levels, and then a brief commentary on why the students earned the points they did. You should download the ZIP file and unpack it on your laptop. There will be six FRQs, three with calculator, three without. Each file has the following sections.

  1. The question. You should do the problem on the first page without looking at the solution. Give yourself 15min.
  2. The solution and rubric for the question. Score your response according to the rubric.
  3. Sample student responses. There will be a 9-point response, a 7-point response, and 6,5,3 point responses in that order. Review these responses and compare to yours. Consider how the work was organized, how answers were stated, how east/hard it was to read the handwriting, etc.
  4. A commentary from the Collage board for each student response discussing why they earned the score they did for that problem.
You should do all six problems. 

4/30 Update

posted Apr 30, 2020, 2:51 PM by Nikhil Joshi

PPC-7 Solutions have been posted to YouTube.

4/27 Update

posted Apr 27, 2020, 4:01 PM by Nikhil Joshi

PPC-5 and PPC-6 solutions have been posted on my youtube site.

I have also posted two calculator usage videos for computing numeric derivatives and definite integrals. 


4/21 Update

posted Apr 21, 2020, 1:33 PM by Nikhil Joshi

solutions video to PPC-3 have been posted.

a video tutorial on how to use nDeriv() to compute derivatives usig the calculator has been posted.

solutions video for PPC-4 has been posted.

Please go to my Youtube channel.

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