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Topic: to Dave, Jerry and the list
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martha a green

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Re:to Dave, Jerry and the list
Posted: Jun 28, 1997 10:38 AM
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1) THIS LIST IS SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT AP CAL CULUS.
2) AP CALCULUS reform SHOULD NOT BE EQUATED WITH CALIFORNIA'S MATH
REFORM.
YES, far too many unprepared students are ACCEPTED by colleges and
universities.
THAT CAN NOT BE BLAMED ON HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS!!
Besides the honors and AP classes that I teach, I have had my "fair
share" of lower level math classes over the years. Do you (college profs)
know how frustrating it is to have a student, who "refuses" to work,
study, etc. and then be told by the PARENT -"that's OK, he's been
ACCEPTED TO XYZ college already - He'll catch up in college". Kid
fails(or drops) math - college accepts said student ANYWAY!
And I am NOT talking about poor, disadvantaged inner-city kids!!!
This list is supposed to be dedicated to a discussion of AP Calculus!
NOT students who slide by with the minimum, NOT the problem of open
enrollement, NOT the problems of "modern society"! Even the "worst" HS
calculus student has got to be a better than average student or he/she
never would/could have arrived at "college level" math while in high
school!
Could we return to a dialog about the new AP calc. curriculum? How do
people feel about an AB "grade" included with the BC evaluation? Why
are slope fields included in the BC curriculum, but not the AB? (Much of
1997 AB6 could have been analyzed using slope fields). What's the
consensis on the new Acorn book? (I prefered the "list" to the new
form).
Dave, are you referring to this year's AB question where the graph of the
derivative was given and the students had to analyze behavior of the
function? That type of question has been used since (at least) 1985 - AB6
so personally I don't consider it a "reform" question. The integral as
the Area between the curve and the x-axis question was the only reform
question.
I believe your definition of Calc reform is right on target. For heaven
sake, without algebraic manipulation a kid can't transform an equation
into y = mx + b form so that it can be put in the calculator!!! The
Solve Key can not be used unless an equation (with one unknown) can be
"found" and then set to zero!!! Algebra can NEVER be eliminated. The
reform movement has made the study of calculus (and teaching it)
HARDER. IMHO! Martha Green





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