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Re: Acquisition of calculator
Posted:
Aug 13, 1998 3:34 PM


Venture Publishing has a web site at http://www.ventpub.com/ Both AP Calculus with the TI82 and TI83 are $27.00. They also have an excellent book to prepare for the exam: Preparing for the AP Calculus (AB) Exam (there is also a BC version). The AB contains 5 full exams MC and Free Response in the new format 28/17 for the MC. The BC contains 4 full exams but in the old format 25/15 for the MC (we don't know why). The only drawback is like most of these you have to buy at least 10. This book really got my students prepared for the format and style of questions asked on the exam. Last year was my first year teaching AP after a few years teaching honors, and I believe this book was one of the reasons my students were very successful on the exam ( one 2, five 3's, nine 4's, and one 5; 16 total ). I used the preparing book as extra credit on all our vacations and then I saved one entire exam for a mock AP the last week before the exam and it worked out well.
Dennis Donovan Xaverian Brothers High School Westwood, MA ddonovan@hawkeye.ultranet.com
P.S. I will be ordering this book for my students in about a month (they pay for their books). If your school is nearby and can't get an order of 10, contact me and maybe we can work something out.
James Rahn wrote:
> AP Calculus with the TI83 Graphing Calculator by George Best and Sally > Fischbeck > > Available from Venture Publishing > 9 Bartlet Street, Suite 55 > Andover, MA 01810 > > It is also available for the TI82. > > You can contact the company about purchasing one of these texts. > > Hope this helps. > > Jim Rahn > >  > >  > > From: Paul Bosley of Shaker Hts., Ohio <pbosley@stratos.net> > > To: Multiple recipients of list <apcalc@ets.org> > > Subject: Re: Acquisition of calculator > > Date: Wednesday, August 12, 1998 6:49 PM > > > > please elaborate on the Fishbeck book, where to get, etc. thanks > > > > pbosley@stratos.net > > > >  > > > From: James Rahn <jrahn@worldnet.att.net> > > > To: Multiple recipients of list <apcalc@ets.org> > > > Subject: Re: Acquistion of calculator > > > Date: Tuesday, August 11, 1998 6:20 PM > > > > > > I find it amazing that even though the students own their own graphing > > > calculator, many of them use it inappropriately. Many of the textbooks > > the > > > students have been exposed to do not really help the students become > > > investigative with their calculators. This is left up to the teacher. > > > Have you checked out Sally Fishbeck's Calculus AP book? This book has > > many > > > excellent exercises to get the students thinking about what they are > > > viewing on their calculator. I find that many of these activities help > > the > > > students develop an understanding for their calculator. Remember there > > are > > > onoy four features the students have to know for the AP test. Check the > > > Acorn book. > > > > > >  > > > > From: Gerald Kost <gjkost@ucdavis.edu> > > > > To: Multiple recipients of list <apcalc@ets.org> > > > > Subject: Re: Acquistion of calculator > > > > Date: Tuesday, August 11, 1998 1:55 PM > > > > > > > > Doug, > > > > > > > > > I have been away from my HS for the past year. This coming year I > > will > > > > > introduce the AP AB to my school. > > > > > > > > > > I assume in the first class you inform students that an approved > > > > > graphics calculator is required to be successful. After this > > > > > announcement, from your experience, how long is it before each > > student > > > > > has in their grasp said calculator? > > > > > > > > > > Do you encourage the class to obtain the SAME calculator? > > > > > > > > > > How do you navigate lessons requiring the graphics calculator when > > the > > > > > class may possess many different approved calculators? > > > > > > > > At my school, by the time they're ready for calculus, most students > > have > > > > already had a graphing calculator for one or two years, and have a > > pretty > > > > good understanding of how to use it. It's hard to get everyone to > buy > > > > the same calculator, because each person has different ideas about > > what's > > > > best. For example, some might want the functionality of an 89 while > > > > others might not be able to pay the extra amount. And some students > > are > > > > bound to insist on using HPs. Regardless of the type of calculator, > > most > > > > students have enough knowledge about its functionality to follow a > > > > presentation on a different type of calculator  after all, each > > > > calculator was designed for the same basic purpose. > > > > > > > > Hope this helps. > > > > > > > > > > > > Chris Kost > > > > Davis High School, CA > > > >



