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Topic: Re: [ap-calculus] Average Velocity & Released Exam
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Re: [ap-calculus] Average Velocity & Released Exam
Posted: Oct 31, 2009 5:47 PM
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Alas, a rule, or even two rules, without reasons is not a clarification.
What can be used under one condition or another does not tell us why it is
used then and not now and how that choice is justified. Constant velocity,
average velocity, instantaneous velocity and mean velocity are well-defined
distinct concepts that can be used to explain the whats, the hows, and most
importantly the whys. Let's talk about the concepts that lead to the
rules. It worries me that many of these Advanced Placement Calculus discussions
- Average Velocity is just the latest example - spend much more time on
rules than on reasons.


In a message dated 10/31/2009 10:38:00 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

I asked a physics teacher to clarify this issue about average velocity,
and he said that average velocity is the same as the average of the
velocities only if acceleration is constant, but he said even in that situation he
still prefers to use the change in distance divided by change in time

Also, in response to the question about the release of exams, the 2008 AB
and BC exams will be available for purchase in December, according to an
email I received from college board.

Steve Goldman
Half Hollow Hills HS East
Dix Hills, NY


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