Calculus Acrostic

I believe that the sooner calculus students get a taste of the types of problems they are likely to see in the AP exam, the better. That is the basis for Calculus Acrostic, the latest MMM offering. Calculus Acrostic is a subscription, that started in September 2018. It consists of a series of quizzes (20 for AB, 10 for BC) that cover the entire AP Calculus course. Each quiz is a set of 7 or 8 multiple-choice questions covering a specific topic in the AP Curriculum. Rather than the standard choices, A, B, C, D, other letters are used. Whatever choice a student selects as the correct answer, it goes into the correct slot in the Acrostic. When completed correctly, the acrostic will contain a quote about calculus or mathematics.

 

While the quizzes can be given as a graded exercise, it is best to use as an introduction to the difficulties and complexities of AP-type questions. Students can complete a quiz after a topic is completed in class and fill out the acrostic on their own. As the acrostic gets filled, their knowledge of the English language will tell them when answers are incorrect and they can go back to previous quizzes to try and find their mistakes.  Once the students complete most of the quizzes, they may be able to complete the quote without actually doing the problems. At that point, they then use the quizzes to verify their solution.

 

The quizzes are set up so that questions only use topics that have been covered to date. For instance, a straight-line motion problem in the derivative section will not ask for distance traveled using integration. Teachers who follow the MasterMathMentor manuals willl find the quizzes are in the same order as the manuals.

 

Included with the game is a smart Excel spreadsheet that record student answers and gives

feedback as to whether the answer is correct (if the teacher wants them to have it).  For instance, if the student thought the answer to question 1 was H, he types H in the proper spot on the spreadsheet and it appears in the template as shown. The total number of attempts the student makes is recorded so that students cannot just try answer after answer until a recognizable word appears.

 

All members of the MMM community will receive an email every 3 weeks containing two quizzes for AB and one for BC. For AB Calculus, there are two different acrostics, one for derivative-based questions and one for integral-based questions. For BC, there is one acrostic with the first quiz being a review of AB topics.

 

The puzzle form: 

 

  •    Your students can work with the AB and/or BC template. Just download, print it out, and

             Xerox it for students. 

 

             Click here to get the AB Calculus Derivative Acrostic template PDF.

             Click here to get the AB Calculus Integral Acrostic template PDF.

             Click here to get the BC Calculus Acrostic template PDF.

 

  •     Or your students can work with the Excel smart spreadsheet. Using these will allow your

             students to enter their answers directly into their computer and save their results. Download,

             save it on your computer, and email it to your students.  Warn them that, depending on their

              computer, they may receive a message concerning links or circular references. Ignore them.

 

               Click here to get the AB Calculus Acrostic Derivative Excel smart spreadsheet.

               Click here to get the AB Calculus Acrostic Integral Excel smart spreadsheet.

               Click here to get the BC Calculus Acrostic Excel smart spreadsheet.

 

The answers with solutions are available for sale. Teachers who purchase solutions will also receive Calculus Acrostic in scrambled form with the questions in no particular order. In that way, teachers can give the acrostic as a review for the AP exam. While the problems are the same as the individual quiz version, the choices may have a different order.

 

Calculus Acrostic Solutions (Available for purchase now)

Calculus Acrostic AB Solutions:

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Calculus Acrostic BC Solutions:

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Calculus Acrostic AB/BC Solutions:

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Below are the topics for each set of quizzes.  On the given date, teachers in the MMM community will receive an email with links to the quizzes. Also, the topics below will change to links and teachers can download them from here so there is no need to keep the original email.

 

Date AB Topics BC Topics
9/6/2018

Limits

Derivatives

AB Review

L'Hospital's Rule

9/27/2018

Trig & Chain Rule

Implicit Diff/Transcendentals

Integration by Parts &

Partial Fractions

10/18/2018

Inverses & Linear Approx

Continuity & Differeniability

Improper Integrals &

Arc Length

11/8/2018

Related Rates

Straight-Line Motion

Euler's Method & Logistic Growth
11/29/2018

MVT/ & Function Anal

Extrema & Optimization

Parametrics, Polars & Vectors
1/3/2019

Indef Integration & u-sub

Def Int & Accumulation

Taylor Polynomials & Lagrange
1/24/2019

Riemann Sums

FTC

Convergence Tests
2/14/2019

Int Transcendentals

Straight-Line Motion

Power Series
3/7/2019

Average Value & MVT

Area and Volume

Taylor & Maclaurin Series
3/28/2019

Integration Apps

Slope fields and Growth

 

 

 

Calculus Acrostic Solutions (Available for purchase now)

Calculus Acrostic AB Solutions:

Web Download Version

This purchase will provide you with Calculus Acrostic AB as downloadable files (PDF format - 12.5 mb).

Only $20.95

Calculus Acrostic BC Solutions:

Web Download Version

This purchase will provide you with Calculus Acrostic BC as downloadable files (PDF format - 12.5 mb).

Only $9.95

Calculus Acrostic AB/BC Solutions:

Web Download Version

This purchase will provide you with Calculus Acrostic AB and BC as downloadable files (PDF format - 12.5 mb).

Only $24.95