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John Owens

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O&Z for BC?
Posted: Jun 18, 1997 9:23 PM
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I'm switching jobs this Fall (from the Math Dept at East Carolina U. to
chair the Math Dept. at Savannah Country Day School) and will be teaching BC
Calculus this Fall for the first time (I've taught Calc I, II, II,
Polynomial Calculus, and Calculus for Life Sciences many times).

The school has been using Larson, Hostetler & Edwards but I'm concerned with
the match to the AP syllabus. In particular it does not do justice to new
BC topics like Slope Fields, Logistic Equations, and Euler's Method for
D.E.'s. Plus, I don't think this text fits the philosophy of the new AP
very well.

I looked at Ostebee & Zorn in the past and was impressed--but my copy is in
a box in a garage in N.C. Checking the outline on O&Z's web page, the only
topic I can't find that's in the AP syllabus is vectors.

Can someone more familiar with O&Z please give me an idea of what might be
missing or lightly covered for a BC course?

Any comments on O&Z as a BC text for a program that sends it's best students
to Ivy League Schools, MIT, etc.? (Is this a valid/politically
correct/relevant question?)


John Owens

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