Saturday, June 22, 2013

LApreC 2013 Continued - Summer Project II

Life After preCalculus: SAGE and preCalculus

Last March, I was a guest speaker at LIMACON 2013. I spoke about using SAGE in preCalculus class instead of a Graphing Calculator. I will continue working on these SAGE worksheets for my EBay offerings.

BTW, my YouTube project next year will be to re-record my preCalculus 4R. The current playlist was based on my Math 4R preCalculus for Seniors using TI-83s. Next year I have Math 4R preCalculus for Juniors going to AP Calculus AB and Math 4H preCalculus for Juniors going to AP Calculus BC. I think I will redo the curriculum with SAGE instead of TI-83s and start with Chapter 12 Sequences and work backwards to Chpater 3 Rational Functions. That way I can introduce Python Lists early in the year. Also, the last topic before we get to Calculus with involve Limits when we talk about Vertical, Slant and Horizontal Asymptotes wrt Rational Functions! Also, I will do somewhere between a Quarter and a Semester of Caculus at the end of the year. In 4R-12 I used to cover only a Quarter's worth of Calculus. This year, in 4H we did a whole Semester of Calculus. I think next year's 4R-11 and 4H will be somewhere in between. I was told to combine these 2 preps as one since I've had 4 or 5 preps every year for years now. It will feel like a vacation next year!

I will make my preTEST SAGE worksheets public. I am also making worksheets for the TESTs. I will use these files to revamp my EBay offerings. I used to sell all my TBQs, TBSs and TBLs in print form. This involved a lot of printing, xeroxing and shipping hassles. I'm trying to make all this electronic so it fits on a few CDs or one DVD. 

TBQ aka TechBook Questions, consist of all my preTESTs and TESTs. These are all in a workbook format extending traditional Calculus questions with technology.

TBS aka TechBook Solutions, consist of all my preTESTs and TESTs solutions. These used to be hand written and based on the TI-89 Graphing Calculator. This is what I'm working on in SAGE.

TBL aka TechBook Lessons, consist of all my ScreenCasts and SmartNotes from Calculus class!

My Summer Project will include finishing TEST1A-TEST12A for my T^3 presentation at Molloy College next year. I will also update my EBay store with electronic copy on CD only based on this project! Stay tuned...

Here's my SAGE Solutions:
preTEST1A Coordinate Geometry
preTEST2A Linear Functions
preTEST4A Polynomial Functions
preTEST5A Exponents and Logarithms

preTEST6-7A Trig Identities

preTEST8A Law of Sines and Cosines
preTEST9 Vectors in 2D and 3D
preTEST10A Conics and Polar
preTEST11A Matrix Algebra
preTEST12A Sequences and Series

Here's a handout from my LIMACON presentation: 

Here's the preTests I'm working with: 

I've also been invited to speak for T^3 at Molloy College in November!

Well, that's all folks! I hope you got something out of all the above.

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