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Post Test Activities

Now that the AP test is over, here's what you need to do.

  1. Take reassessments as needed.
  2. Complete the chapter 9 and chapter 3 test reflections (see announcements).
  3. Complete one of the two available post-test activities described below.

Activity A - Calculus for Babies Book

Create a "calculus for babies" book. I will assign a unit in the textbook for you to review. You will create a conceptual summary explaining the calculus topic in very simple language as you find in the Science for Babies books in my room. You should provide an original hand-drawn illustration for each page of your book that supports the concept being discussed. 

This is an individual project. Each individual will be assigned a unit from the textbook (or a portion therein for longer units). The Requirements are

  • Your submission must be in color on 8.5"x11" in portrait mode and submitted as a PDF through your Trello card. 
  • You may use no more than 12 pages for your unit. 
  • Every page must have a diagram in the top half and a simple sentence below. 
  • Text must be in comic sans between 18pt and 36pt as necessary to balance the page.
  • The first page of your unit must have a title at the top, e.g. "Unit 1.4 The Tangent and Velocity Problem" in bold and then the rest of the page may be the diagram and sentence.
  • Illustrations must be your original work - no googling for images. Illustrations may be hand drawn with pen and paper and scanned, or done electronically with a drawing program.

I suggest speaking with the people working on units adjacent to yours to ensure continuity  (ha!). But serious, talk to them.

Activity B - Euler's Method

Students who want to explore more calculus can learn Euler's method to estimate solutions to non-trivial differential equations. Files related to the Euler activity can be downloaded below. Students will submit an 11"x17" poster discussing their Euler simulations. The poster should clearly describe and illustrate how their spreadsheet implements Euler's method to compute the trajectory of projectiles both with and without air resistance. The poster must include sample data and graphs from their spreadsheet.

This is a team project. Find a partner and work in teams of two. If you finish early you can learn the Rungge-Kutta 4 method.

Grading

The activity will count for up to 3% extra credit for your final exam grade (added to both the final standards and final test). I will take your overall grade in the class, for example, 78%. This will be put in as your Final Exam standards grade. If you do a good job on the activity, I will add up to 3% to this, so the standards grade for the final would be 81%. This will help everybody, regardless of whether you take the final exam. If you take the final exam I will add your activity extra credit and do the usual thing of dropping the lower of the Final Exam Standards or Test. 

One important difference: If you choose not to do an activity, or submit work that is poor quality, or incomplete, I will reduce your standards score for the Final by an appropriate amount. This means your grade can go down if you choose to blow off the activity.


Picking your Activity

Go to the Trello board. There are two lists - Activity A and Activity B. Simply create a card on the board for the project you want to do. For activity A you will create a card with your individual name (e.g. "Isaac Newton". For activity B you will create a card the names of the partners, e.g. "Isaac Newton and Gottfried Leibniz". When you turn in your activity, include a link to your deliverable on your card.

If you pick Activity A I will assign your calculus unit as a comment on our card.

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