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  1. I am looking for recommendations for an online calculus class for my dd. She will be a senior this fall at a very small classical school. She was planning to take Calculus I, but there are only 2 other students who want to take the class, so the school won't offer it. They are open to letting her take an online class and giving credit for that, since they can't offer what she wants. I'm looking for something recorded or on DVD rather than live, because she'll need to access it as her schedule permits. I have several semesters of college calc, but it's been a really long time and I don't think relearning it in order to teach it is going to happen, but I could probably provide some support. I'm looking at Thinkwell, Ask Dr. Callahan, and Derek Owens so far. I don't think the Derek Owens is going to work because from what I can see on the website it's only offered live. Also, I think I prefer a course that lets her work at her own pace, rather than one that has hard and fast deadlines for turning in assignments and may not give her the option of working ahead when that's possible. Thinkwell seems like a pretty good alternative. I'm trying to figure out the differences between Calculus and AP Calculus. It looks like the Calculus course covers more material (two semesters of college calc?) and lists more contact hours. Is is more the equivalent of a year of college calculus? Also, dd isn't sure she likes the idea of having to do all the problems on the computer. I found an old post (~2008) that said that if you didn't enter the answer with exactly the right sequence of keystrokes, it would be counted wrong. We did sign up for their free trial, so we can see how that goes. I've heard good things about the Ask Dr. Callahan geometry DVD's, but I don't know anyone who's used Calculus. She does like the idea of actually having a hard copy of the textbook. Thoughts? Also, she's considering trying the AP Calc AB exam. Would either of these be better prep for that? Thanks for your help!
  2. Hoping others will give their stories for both AB and BC so people will be able to see the options...and I know we used a lot of materials - I was nervous over here...:). But he did get a 5 and did it in one semester (just AB). My problem was keeping up with the correcting since when someone is doing 2-3 hours of math a day - the problems add up quickly! Since I think it is important to give background I'm starting back at grade school.... First, family background - while I did do a year of Calculus in college - I had completely forgotten it, so my son didn't have the advantage of a math gifted/trained mother... my husband had forgotten his Calculus as well. My ds2 has done a lot of calculus in college (engineering) but was quite busy, so only answered questions and discussed math on rare occasions. Ds's math background - Saxon through Algebra I (and used Alg 1/2 c1999/2nd ed) and the first 30 lessons of Algebra II (where he gave up saying he wasn't learning anything new). Then he started into Foerster Alg II, but was just overwhelmed and stopped after the several chapters...he was doing this 2 days a week while doing geom.. Jacob's Geometry 2nd edition At the same time he was preparing for Swiss math tests...they do more practical geometry and he was just solidifying his other knowledge.. Algebra II and Trig - Dolciani '77 edition for the first 10 chapters, then an older edition for the last 6 ( I liked the explanations better most of the time)... Precalculus - Foerster 2nd ed - see this post Calculus - Larson here I'll go into more detail... General plan - he was to read the textbook BEFORE watching the DVD lesson, and take notes...do the other types of projects and labs as on the syllabus. I had gotten the 8th edition of Calculus with Analytic Geometry (though we didn't end up using half of the book since we were only doing Calculus AB) I found a syllabus online which had all the problems the teacher was assigning...on this page with sample AP approved syllabi....which went with our book. I chose one that was using block scheduling since that was what we were doing. Then I researched all the things that would be required for an AP approved syllabus for AP Calculus...there is an enormous amount of information on the CB website AP Calculus homepage... and made my own syllabus from that to cover the types of labs which were on the syllabus I'd found, which included Explorations from Foerster's Calculus Instructor's Resource Book, various kinds of word problems found online which involved more complicated real life situations... We also used a Watched Cup Never Cools for projects, but to be honest, he did most of those AFTER the exam... The other books besides the student Calculus book, which for us were really indispensable were the (imp note - if you are going with Larson, it would be probably cheaper to order the stuff directly from the publisher rather than piece by piece from Amazon. Some sellers are making a killing on teacher's materials that are cheaper from the publisher). AP Calculus Released exams by CB - you can see how points are awarded for various types of answers on the Free Response Questions Solutions AP Calculus Problems - you have to know which ones go with which chapter you are covering, which I found on Wilson's syllabus (from the above sample syllabi) Complete Solutions book - vol 1 Complete Solutions book vol 2 DVD's Instructor's Resource Guide - has 5 different tests for each chapter - 3 multiple choice and 2 open answers...mine did at least one of each Test Bank (ETA - wrong name - it is Test Item File) - 9780618527960 - this was useful for the chapters where only part of the material was covered on the AP, so we couldn't use the regular chapter tests (unless you know calculus well enough yourself to eliminate the questions covering material you haven't touched) - you have to get it from the publisher Teacher's Resource Guide 9780618527984 - tells what's covered in the AP and what is not... Be Prepared for the AP Calculus Exam - very useful part about the graphing calculator use on the exam...and good overall review... AP Study Guides - Cliff's If I had to do it over again - I would have gotten a book with Multiple Choice practice questions like this one... Most important for people like me (calculus is forgotten) was a tutor to whom we could turn...I could correct problems with the solutions books, but sometime ds did them in a different way, and I had no clue whether they were right or not...Also, I wanted ds to be able to talk about math with someone who knows AP Calc exams, to talk about the Free Response questions - do them on the spot a bit...So we were able to use Gmail video chat combined with an online whiteboard which makes it easy to write math problems with Kathy in Richmond for tutoring. Even though we didn't use that many hours (and the time included the time that she would correct problems that I sent her with solutions), this was so invaluable to us...It helped make sure that ds was on the right track and staying there....Highly recommended! Important sites: Cengage - Calculus labs - used some,not all Mr. Bird's Calc page - used his memorization quizzes, Nspire intro, etc. Calculus.org Calculus in Motion - ds played around with these... Java Applets - and these We used some things from these books but I don't know if they are indispensable 800 questions other Calculus books which he would study if he didn't understand how a concept was presented (Foerster, Thomas).. that happened more in the beginning than the end... ETA - continued a bit more in next post at the bottom HTH and hoping others will share their story, Joan
  3. Free Videos Online UC Open Access - Gives coordinated reading from several common texts. NROC (Monterey Institute) - appears to be same as UC Open Access above. Eg. Calculus AB - semester 1 is the same National Math and Science Initiative AP Calculus wiki for AB and BC There is writing with printed equations and a voice explaining. Includes handout to go with the lecture. This is new and still developing in 2010-11 so the server goes off for a few minutes sometimes. Khan Academy MIT Openware Calculus-Help.com only has Limits and Continuity and Finding Derivatives for free Selwyn Hollis - University of Houston My quicktime wouldn't work on these though.. Free Power Point lectures Greg Kelly - Hanford High School Ones to Buy Chalkdust - goes with Larson Calculus of Single Variable Thinkwell - not sure which text they use.. Others?
  4. Because it can be beneficial for calculus students to work on some problems and activities together and there is no one over here doing Calculus (in English who is not in school that I have been able to find), I thought I'd see if anyone's son or daughter is working on Larson (it could be another book but then there would be a bit of work matching the topics, though some books are closer than others) this year who would be interested in occasionally getting together online to work on the type of problems and activities which are suggested to work on in groups.... My ds is working toward the AP Calculus AB exam which is going to be given on the 4 May, so there is not that much time left. We are doing it on block scheduling started in Dec, so he is not quite as far along as your son or daughter probably, but he is rapidly catching up. We're doing integrals and antidifferentiation right now (Ch 4 Calculus Larson) It is possible to use scriblink.com or vyiew.com. I had originally been thinking of this just for group projects and someone gave me the idea for a study group. This is not mandatory to being involved in a study group, but at some point I was thinking of doing "projects" which are more complicated and would therefore need a math teacher to facilitate. This is a free collaborative group - I have no experience in Calculus except for this year. If we would get a math teacher involved, then I would want to offer some remuneration, but that would be for each get together and has yet to even be started. Hopefully, Joan
  5. My son is working on AP Calculus AB. In the AP Course Description and other calculus materials it talks about working on some problems or projects with other students. He is going to do some with his older brother, but I thought I would see if there is anyone else doing the subject now who would be interested so that they are all at the same place so to speak? It is possible to do online groups using such sites as scriblink.com (max 6 users) OR http://vyew.com/s/ (max 10 users) where there a whiteboard that all can see and write on at the same time. There is audio, so you can talk to each other as well. I am not a Calculus teacher myself, so I was thinking of trying to get a Calculus teacher involved as a facilitator and then we would all have to pay a small fee, but I have not really figured that part out. I thought I'd first see if there is any other interest. We do live in Switzerland so there could be a time difference issue, but it should not be too difficult to work out. Hopefully, Joan
  6. Ds is doing block scheduling for Calculus, preparing for the AP AB exam (though I wouldn't mind hearing about materials for the BC exam as well), so we're just getting into this subject... I've researched lots of syllabi online and am pretty overwhelmed. If it was just going through the book with DVD's and two review books it would seem easy, but now the more I look, the more I find.... For example, on some syllabi, there are all these extra problem solving questions and calculus projects, then there are labs and explorations in other places. On the AP site, there are 5 modules and 3 special focus materials - Curriculum Modules Extrema (.pdf/3.0MB)New! Motion (.pdf/2.8MB) Reasoning from Tabular Data (.pdf/1.8MB) Fundamental Theorem of Calculus (.pdf/2.6MB) Functions Defined by Integrals (.pdf/792KB) Special Focus Materials Approximation (.pdf/1.2MB) New! Fundamental Theorem of Calculus (.pdf/2.6MB) Differential Equations (.pdf/663KB) All kinds of related articles and other materials (see here) There are Calculus Labs Can anyone point me to the most important extra activities to accomplish? I'm presuming these AP modules and focus materials are quite important..... What extras have you done? Thanks! Joan
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