A. Jorge García
Applied Math & CS
The CALCPAGE Web-Site has much to offer the teacher of Calculus and Computer Science. We have WorkBooks, ReviewBooks and TechBooks for you and your students to use.
Phase I – WorkBooks – Completed 1990 (updated thru 2000)
WorkBooks are based on AB & BC free response-questions from 1957–2000. Each WorkBook covers one AP Calculus exam. Each page of a WorkBook contains one question and plenty of white space for students to try their own solutions. WorkBooks are FREE!
Phase II – ReviewBooks – Completed 2000
ReviewBooks consist of Traditional Calculus Solutions. AB & BC ReviewBooks are now available for 1980-2001. ReviewBooks are bundled with the corresponding WorkBooks.
Phase III – TechBooks – Started 2004
CALCPAGE now offers several TechBooks for teachers who use technology in the classroom! These TechBooks include the QBASIC & yaBASIC LabBook for use in a computer lab as an introductory course in problem solving and algorithms using IBM BASICA or MS QBASIC for DOS, or yaBASIC for Linux. We also offer TechBooks with new technology-intensive free-response questions for use in the math classroom. These questions are exploratory in nature and require the use of a graphing calculator as well as some programming. TechBooks with sample programs for the TI-83 and TI-89 are also available! Each TechBook will be divided into three parts: Exploratory Questions (Edition I), Reformed Solutions (Edition II) and Sample Lessons (Edition III). All math TechBooks will emphasize the rule of four: GNAW. In other words, any given problem could be attacked Graphically, Numerically, Analytically or Wordily (Verbally). So, lets start teaching our students how to GNAW at their problems right away! We have TechBooks for High School Math (PreCalculus, Calculus AB&BC) and College Math (Algebra & Trig, Harvard PreCalculus, Harvard Calculus I, Harvard Calculus II)!
I have used this TechBook for several years at the local college. I’ve had great success using this is the Fall, Spring or Summer session. In the Fall or Spring we usually meet for 2 hours per class, 2 times per week for 15 weeks. Summer session is either 3 hours per class, 4 times per week for 5 weeks or 4 hours per class, 5 times per week for 3 weeks.
Included you will find a syllabus which I hand out at the beginning of the semester. This syllabus explains to the student what is needed to do well in the class and lists all topics we will cover and all required assignments. The syllabus is only a sample for to guide you in making your own. You should be able to adjust my syllabus to your textbook if you’re not using the one listed. Further, my syllabus is easily adjusted to 3, 5 or 15 week sessions. The course is divided into 5 units each covering about 20% of the textbook and ending with on of the included tests. When you write your syllabus, simply make each unit last 1/5 the number of classes you are allotted for the course including the test on the last day of each unit. For example, I have 15 classes in my 3 week session, so each unit lasts 3 classes (less than one week). Further, I have 20 classes in my 5 week session, so each unit lasts 4 days (1 week). Finally, I have 30 classes in my 15 week session, so each unit lasts 6 classes (3 weeks).
Suggested Course of Study
This TechBook constitutes only a small fraction of the College Math curriculum that I teach my students. Please enjoy suggestions!
CALCPAGE: Algebra & Trig
TextBook: Algebra and Trigonometry
Author: Dennis Christy
Publisher: Pearson Custom Publishing
CALCPAGE: Harvard PreCalculus
TextBook: Functions Modeling Change
CALCPAGE: Harvard Calculus I
TextBook: Calculus (first half)
CALCPAGE: Harvard Calculus II
TextBook: Calculus (second half)