Calc Medic Blog
by Sarah Stecher
2M ago
Gearing up to teach a new AP course can be daunting. Our goal at Calc Medic is to make sure you have everything you need to teach AP Precalculus. This includes lessons for every day of class, assessments, and plenty of review activities to prepare your students for the AP Exam. One additional step AP teachers must take every year is to complete the College Board Course Audit. This process involves: Committing to teach the CED Submitting a textbook Uploading a course syllabus The syllabus the College Board is looking for may not be the one you hand out to students at the beginning ..read more
Calc Medic Blog
by Sarah Stecher
2M ago
The innaugural AP Precalculus Exam is now complete, and we're here to offer our early attempt at solutions to the four free response questions. Luckily, we knew what questions were coming, since all the AP Precalc FRQs are based on task models that the College Board shared with us throughout this school year. True to their word, the College Board gave us four questions that reflected the four task models: FRQ 1: Function Concepts FRQ 2: Modeling a Non-periodic Context FRQ 3: Modeling a Periodic Context FRQ 4: Symbolic Manipulations You can see this year’s AP Precalc questions here ..read more
Calc Medic Blog
by Sarah Stecher
2M ago
We're excited to once again share with you our early solutions to this year's AP Calc Free Response Questions. This post will cover both the AB and BC solutions. Note that questions 1, 3, and 4 were identical on both exams. We've listed all 6 AB questions first, and then the three BC only questions. Some of our exam predictions turned out to be spot on (graph of f with an accumulation function, and an area/volume FRQ 6), but we were wrong (again) about a rate-in/rate-out problem. Notably this year we did NOT see L'hospital's rule or as much of the chain rule as we had predicted. You can see ..read more
Calc Medic Blog
by Sarah Stecher
3M ago
There's something inherently fun about guessing games. Usually our guesses are based on nothing more than a whim, but the satisfaction of having gotten something exactly right, through no real skill of our own? Priceless. (Of course, we like to think of ourselves as logical people who use the scientific method and common sense to generate our conjectures). Every year we spend some time coming up with our guesses on what will show up on the AP Exam, based on a mix of research, gut instinct, and just a bit of whim. Particularly, we studied the released free response questions from 2019, 2021, 2 ..read more
Calc Medic Blog
by Sarah Stecher
3M ago
Castle Attack is one of our students' favorite games, so we wanted to bring you one final Castle Attack game that would serve as review of several AP Calculus concepts. You'll find content from CED units 2-6 in these questions, so get ready for some ULTIMATE review. Prep For this version of Castle Attack, each team will need one copy of the function stems. This page introduces functions h, f, j, g, and k given in different representations. All the questions in this activity are based on these five functions. Before the game begins, print and cut up the Castle Attack problems, (A through V) m ..read more
Calc Medic Blog
by Sarah Stecher
3M ago
The AP Precalculus Exam is coming up in just a few weeks! What are the most important tips and strategies for doing well on the exam? We’ve created a list of our top 10 favorite AP Exam tips with absolute must-knows, helpful reminders, and winning test-taking strategies that will help you maximize your score. This video is part of the official Calc Medic AP Precalculus Review Course. To receive access to more videos, practice problems, and full length practice exams, get a quote. Download the handout for students to complete while watching the video. Tips for Crushing the AP Precalculus ..read more
Calc Medic Blog
by Sarah Stecher
3M ago
We've now come to the final question on the AP Precalculus Exam. FRQ 4 is all about symbolic manipulations, and most resembles what you would probably expect on a typical Precalculus exam. Here students will work on solving equations and rewriting expressions, making use of logarithmic, exponential, and trigonometric properties and identities. This FRQ is non-calculator (like FRQ 3), but does not feature a real-world context. In this video, we share the structure of FRQ 4, including what students can expect in each part and subpart. We also identify the specific content that students should b ..read more
Calc Medic Blog
by Sarah Stecher
4M ago
The second section of the AP Precalculus Exam features 4 free response questions (FRQs). The FRQs are based on task models, meaning that each question has a predictable structure from year to year, and features mostly the same skills and function types. The first FRQ on the non-calculator section is another modeling scenario (similar to FRQ 2), but this time featuring a periodic context and a sinusoidal function. In this video, we share the structure of FRQ 3, including what students can expect in each part and subpart. We also identify the specific content that students should be familiar wi ..read more
Calc Medic Blog
by Sarah Stecher
4M ago
As your students are preparing for the AP Precalculus Exam, there are several things students should "know cold." This includes the behavior of the parent functions, justifications for the growth patterns of each function type, log properties, and trig identities. When you actually write out all of these items, it can be a pretty extensive list! But identifying which items to include can be the hardest step. This is why we have created the Calc Medic AP Precalculus Flash Cards, with all the must-know information students should have in their back pocket (not literally, of course!). We've brok ..read more
Calc Medic Blog
by Sarah Stecher
4M ago
The AP Precalculus Exam has a calculator and non-calculator section. You will be allowed to use a graphing calculator on the last 12 multiple choice questions and the first two free response questions. You can learn more about the format of the exam here. There are a few things to keep in mind when using your calculator. Make sure your calculator is in RADIAN mode. Using a calculator does not mean you should show no work. While you don't have to do the calculations by hand, always write on your paper the equation you are solving, or the value you are evaluating. For example, write out th ..read more

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