This activity is designed for AP Calculus students as a review for the AB Calculus Exam at the end of the year.
Part 1 – Calculator Active Exam Tips
The AP* Calculus exam is long. It is a marathon of the mind. Success requires training.
Tip #1 – Know the course
There is a free-response (FR) section and a multiple-choice (MC) section. For both there is a ‘calculator NOT allowed’ section and a ‘graphing calculator is required’ section.
On the two FR sections you have a total 1 hour and 30 minutes to do 6 questions, 3 with your TI-89 handheld and 3 without. In Section 1 Part A, you will have 55 minutes to complete 28 MC questions where a calculator is NOT allowed. Section 1 Part B requires a calculator to complete 17 MC questions in 50 minutes.
1. About how much time should you spend on each question in each part of the exam?
Tip #2 – Know the expectations
On the calculator active questions you should:
- Give answers to 3 decimal places (unless it says otherwise, e.g., give answer to the nearest cent).
- Be able to do the following four things:
- graph on an arbitrary window
- solve equations (find zeros and intersection points)
- numerically calculate the derivative
- numerically calculate the definite integral
Notice the mode settings at the bottom of your screen. It should say RAD indicating that you are in radian mode. To change the angle mode, go to MODE > Angle. You will only need to be in radian mode for the entire AP exam.
Tip #3 – Have the right gear
Find the zeros by selecting F5:Math > 2:Zero. You can trace to input your lower and upper limits to find each root or enter your lower and upper limits on the keypad.
The ‘such that’ symbol needs to be outside of the parentheses.
Part 2 – AB Exam Practice Non-Calculator Type Questions
Answer the following AP-type exam questions. These are similar to non-calculator questions you will encounter on the exam. You should spend on average less than 2 minutes for each question. Don’t spend too much time on any one question. On the actual exam, you will have plenty of space so extra paper will not be needed. However, for this practice you may need additional space.