# 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.

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

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.

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)

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 9/27/2018 10/18/2018 11/8/2018 Euler's Method & Logistic Growth 11/29/2018 Parametrics, Polars & Vectors 1/3/2019 Taylor Polynomials & Lagrange 1/24/2019 Convergence Tests 2/14/2019 Power Series 3/7/2019 Taylor & Maclaurin Series 3/28/2019 Integration Apps Slope fields and Growth

Calculus Acrostic Solutions (Available for purchase now)