Extra credit assignment

You’ll have a chance to bump up your overall grade, if you wish, by completing one of the assignments below. There are three choices (but the first choice has sub-choices). For each assignment, you’ll be posting here on the OpenLab. You’ll be posting a final copy only. Before you post, however, you must submit a draft to a classmate for peer review. Peer reviewers may earn extra credit too, even if they don’t write posts themselves.

Deadline for submitting to peer reviewer: Monday, May 19

Deadline to post final draft: Wednesday, May 21 (the day of the final exam)

Topic choices:

1. Lesson planLearn a topic from the list below, and come up with a lesson plan to explain it to your classmates. Your post should be about the length of around 2-3 handwritten pages. (If it’s easier, you may write the lesson by hand and upload photos/scans of them.) The structure is up to you, but one suggested outline is:

(a) Motivating question or example

(b) Statement of theorem

(c) Proof of theorem

(d) Example applying the theorem


*Mean value theorem

*Intermediate value theorem

*Newton’s method

*Ham sandwich theorem

*Integration by substitution

*Other topics may be possible; just ask first. No two people should write about the same topic.

2. Personal mathematical/educational history and self-reflection. Everyone in the class has taken a different route that has eventually has brought them to the Honors Calculus I class at City Tech. Describe, in as much detail as you like, what your own route has been. What is your earliest mathematical memory? What has your relationship with math been throughout your life, both inside and outside the classroom? Has it changed over time? What aspects of your mathematical education had the biggest impact on you? What were your biggest challenges? What were your greatest successes?

3. Calculus with Maple. This choice might be the most interesting if you’re enrolled in or interested in a computer science program and not already taking the Calculus Lab course. Maple is a computer algebra system that you can download for free from the CUNY eMall. For this assignment, select a calculus problem from this semester and have Maple solve it for you. (I can’t be a lot of help for this, but there are many valuable online resources and I think this should be easy if you have any programming experience.)


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photo 5 photo 4 photo 3 photo 2 photo 1Congratulations to all four groups on your awesome posters. A number of faculty members have approached me to tell me what good work you’ve all done. It was nice to see Andrew and Abu at the awards ceremony and to hear about the other projects some of you worked on this semester too!

Special congratulations to the Muay Thai team, whose poster won second place in the group projects category! I’m not sure what the prize was, but Andrew collected it for you, so it’s up to Izzy, Gabriel, and Darren to make sure Andrew shares!

I’ll head back down to the poster session between 2:45 and 3:00. If you’d like to take down your poster yourself, you may. Otherwise, I’ll take the ones that are still up and store them in my office.

Congratulations again. I’m proud of all of these posters and I hope you are too!

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Posters have been printed!

I just picked up your beautiful posters from the printer. Good work everyone! I know you’ve been working hard on these, and I think you’ll like to see these finished products. I’ll bring them to class on Monday so you can see them, and on Wednesday during class we’ll all head down to the atrium together to hang them.

Just a warning: I had to reformat some of the posters a little for the printer, so don’t be surprised if they look a little bit different when you see them. Hopefully you’ll still be satisfied! I had some computer issues last night so I didn’t get a chance to proof-read as carefully as I would have liked to, but I did catch a couple typos and language problems so I corrected those myself.

Again…good work!

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Team Muay Thai Final Poster Draft

Final Draft

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Where should a pilot start descent?

poster 5

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Topics on Test #2

1) LHopital’s Rule

2) Related Rates

3) Implicit Differentiation

4) Optimizations

5) Anti-derivatives

6) Curve Sketching

7) Extreme Values

8) Monotonicity

9) Shape Of Graphs

These are the topics I can think of on the top of my head.


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Maui Thai roundhouse kick Poster


We still need to work out the spelling on the name of this kick.  And we have to add two citations to our references section, which we will have handy in the morning.  But the images and text bodies are present and proofed.  And it’s only 3am.

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Roller coaster Final Poster


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where should a pilot start descent?

Where should a pilot start descent?

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Final Poster

Stock-Market-Crash_Poster_with calculus

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