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Topic: AP Calculus and Solving Novel Problems
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Rex Boggs

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Registered: 12/6/04
AP Calculus and Solving Novel Problems
Posted: Aug 8, 1996 3:45 AM
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One of the distinguishing features of a good mathematician is the
ability to successfully tackle novel problems. Hence, to identify our
best mathematics students in high school, we need assessment that
distinguishes students who are successful at this.

A 'novel problem' at a high school level could be defined as using a
familiar technique in an unfamiliar setting, where the decision of which
technique is required is not obvious, or it could consist of combining
two or more familiar techniques in an unfamiliar way.

I am interested in knowing if the AP Calculus exam contains such
questions. If so, could someone please post a few examples of such
questions from past papers?

Cheers

Rex





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