ARCO Master the AP Calculus AB and BC Testby W. Michael Kelley, Mark Wilding
However, that did not stop me from writing yet another. It begs the question: "For the love of humanity, why?" The answer is easy. None of the books on the market
There are a lot of AP Calculus books on the market. In fact, if you laid them end to end starting at your bedroom door, it'd probably be hard to make your way to the bathroom with the lights off.
However, that did not stop me from writing yet another. It begs the question: "For the love of humanity, why?" The answer is easy. None of the books on the market offered what I needed as an AP Calculus teacher.
Some of those books are incredibly rigorous and way too difficult for the average student to understand. Furthermore, the answers they offer to their exercises are often as illuminating as "(C) hint: divide." Other books are very readable, but there is no variety in the problems, so they don't really reflect just how amazingly difficult some AP Test problems really are. Some of the books didn't even include any Free Response questions in their practice exams, and they make up half of the test! All of the books shared one common trait, though: they're not really very funny. If I have learned one thing as a public school teacher, it's that learning is much more entertaining with humor.
And then there was light.
Master the AP Calculus AB and BC Tests" offers everything you could ever want (short of money tucked between the pages):
- In-depth explanations of everything on the AP Test, written so that you can actually understand every step of each solution—the book teaches you how to do all of the math
- A wide variety of problems that mirror the problem types asked on the AP test
- Hands-on activities which allow you to discover the simpler topics on your own—less memorizing and more understanding
- Extremely detailed answers to EVERY SINGLE problem in the textbook from the easiest example to the hardest AP sample problem
- Four complete sample AP tests—two AB and two BC tests, plus the sample tests contain outstanding practice Free Response questions designed with past AP tests in mind
- Technology sections in every chapter which teach you how to use your TI-83 or TI-83+ calculator (the most popular by far at the current time) on the AP test, including step-by-step directions
- (Believe it or not) humor! Look at the following sample problem from the related rates section
During a Circus of the Stars presentation, Angela Lansbury displays her athletic prowess by skydiving out of a hovering helicopter 100 feet away from a cliff. However, the chutes unfortunately fail, and the proud actress plummets to certain disaster (Tragedy, She Wrote). If her position, in feet, is given by s(t), find the rate of change of her angle of depression (no pun intended). *Note: A fall from a helicopter that high in the sky is not only dangerous but nearly impossible. It should only be attempted by a trained professional or someone REALLY famous.
This book contains everything you need to not only pass the AP test, but also everything you need to understand calculus, whether you are in high school or even college.
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I am an AP Calc teacher who has searched for an extraordinary resource to help prepare my students for the exam. This is it!! My students have found Mr. Kelley's explanations to be clear, concise, and easy to follow. The Hands On Activities have been very successful with my students in explaining a concept in the simplest of terms. A huge bonus to both my students and me is the fabulous humor that is interjected in the explanations and text. Mr. Kelley definitely knows his calculus and knows how to write to appeal to students! If you can only purchase one book, this must be THE ONE!!!