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This book contains a collection of 138 free response items that can be used in Pre-AP* mathematics classrooms in Algebra I, Algebra II, and Pre-c...
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Hi, I was working on quiz #12 question #3. I was wondering what the theorem or process was to answer that style of question. I tried actually working out the solution, taking the integral, then the derivative, etc; but I feel like there is an easier way to solve it. I looked at the answers to the free response questions, and I started to get an idea, but I don't think I have it completely figured out.
April 13, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Mark Sparks  (TpT Seller)
There is a much easier way. The second fundamental theorem of calculus says that the derivative of an integral defined function, where the lower limit of integration is a constant and the upper limit of integration is a function of x, is defined the be the integrand with the upper limit of integration plugged into it multiplied by the derivative of the upper limit.

I'll try to show it here...the derivative of INT(f(x)) where the lower limit of integration is a, a constant, and the upper limit of integration is a function, g(x), is equal to f(g(x))*g'(x). Hope this helps!
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I have used your material for the last 2 years for Ap calculus as well as Pre-Ap Pre-Calculus. I have had much success using your material. It is the best I've come across. My question to you is, "what kind of review to you use the weeks leading up to the AB Calculus exam.
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Mark Sparks  (TpT Seller)
I have done different things on different years. I usually only have about 6 class sessions (1.5 hours a piece) that I'm able to spend in review. Honestly, the curriculum in this is so spiraling that they get a lot of old material incorporated with the new. Typically for review, I have worked with them through some released multiple choice problems and then I have assigned the students to do individual presentations on one of the previous 2 - 3 years Free Responses. This is pretty much all of the review that I normally do with students. email me at msparks@batesvilleschools.org and I will forward the multiple choice review that I normally do with my kiddos!!

So glad that you find the materials here helpful!!
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I was hoping you could send me the solutions to the problems on pages 483 and 484. Your materials are the best! Lisa Brogan
February 14, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Mark Sparks  (TpT Seller)
Would this be for the Pre-AP or the AP Calc program? If you'd email me at msparks@batesvilleschools.org, I'd be happy to forward them to you!!
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Layla Bayramova  (TpT Seller)
Hi Mark. Do you have anything helpful on Calculus BC?
thanks
- one of your big fans :)
February 13, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Mark Sparks  (TpT Seller)
Sadly and unfortunately, I do not. BC is not offered at my school. Because of this, I've never had the opportunity to teach it which means I do not have lessons developed for it.

I'm glad that you have found the materials here to be helpful.
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Buyer re: AP* Calculus AB, A Complete Course
Thank you so much for a fantastic product! I see that there are solutions to the quizzes. I was just wondering if you have a complete solutions manual.
February 10, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Mark Sparks  (TpT Seller)
Unfortunately, I do not have a complete solutions manual. I would be happy to answer any question(s) at any point in time if you'll email me at msparks@batesvilleschools.org

Maybe, sometime in the future, I will have this but not at this time.
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Buyer re: AP* Calculus AB, A Complete Course
Do you have a solutions manual for Daily Lessons and Assessments for AP Calculus AB?
February 10, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Mark Sparks  (TpT Seller)
Unfortunately, I do not have a complete solutions manual. I would be happy to answer any question(s) at any point in time if you'll email me at msparks@batesvilleschools.org

Maybe, sometime in the future, I will have this but not at this time.
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Buyer re: AP* Calculus AB, A Complete Course
Do you have a solutions manual for Daily Lessons and Assessments for AP Calculus AB?
February 10, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Mark Sparks  (TpT Seller)
Unfortunately, I do not have a complete solutions manual. I would be happy to answer any question(s) at any point in time if you'll email me at msparks@batesvilleschools.org

Maybe, sometime in the future, I will have this but not at this time.
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Betty Clark  (TpT Seller)
Hi Mark! I would really like to get this, however, I too am wondering if there is a set of answers provided. It would be more attractive to me if that were so.

Thanks!
January 15, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Mark Sparks  (TpT Seller)
Unfortunately, I do not have a complete solutions manual. I would be happy to answer any question(s) at any point in time if you'll email me at msparks@batesvilleschools.org

Maybe, sometime in the future, I will have this but not at this time.
March 7, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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I love your materials for Calc, Pre-Calc, and Algebra 2 and use them as supplements in all my classes. Any chance you will have similar materials available for CCSS Algebra 1 someday?
Thanks for sharing your hard work!
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Mark Sparks  (TpT Seller)
I do not teach Algebra I at all so, unfortunately, I do not have materials for this level readily available.

I'm glad to know that you find the materials that I do have to be useful. :)
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Kaitlynn Brosamle  (TpT Seller) re: Pre-AP* Pre-calculus Unit #4–Analysis of Graphs of Implicitly Defined Equations
Does this include the notes you give to the students?
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Buyer re: Free Response Items for the Pre-AP* Mathematics Classroom
I love your Free Response collection for the Pre-AP curriculum; it's working great in our new Honors Precalc course! However, it seems like it's missing a few Precalc topics: applied trig (Laws of Sine and Cosines), polar coordinates, vectors, hyperbolas, and parametric equations. Do you have any FR questions on those topics, or do you plan to release any? I could attempt to write my own, but you seem to have a knack for it. :) Thanks!
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Mark Sparks  (TpT Seller)
And this is where I run into trouble with many colleagues. I am teaching on a block and it's the worst possible kind of block. Because of the depth at which the lessons go with the concepts covered, I do not have time to do some traditional topics in a precalculus course. The AP Calc class that we offer at my school is the AB course as opposed to the BC course so polar coordinates, vectors and parametric equations are not anywhere to be found in my curriculum materials. I simply do not teach them. I know that I go against the grain here, but I'm forced to cut so that's what I choose. A student's success in AP Calc AB is not dependent upon knowing those concepts.
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Buyer re: Free Response Items for the Pre-AP* Mathematics Classroom
Hey again there Mark. I purchased your Pre-AP Calculus complete course and was wondering if you had the "complete semester review packet" and any accompanying semester exam available that is in your day #34 pacing guide.
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Hello again Mark. It looks like a few others are interested in acquiring the answers to the courses you have made. I realize that there are formatting issues which would cause you a ton more work. Any chance that you could simply scan in the answer sheets and send them as a pdf file? I think most people would be willing to pay for something like that. I know that our school copier has the ability to scan the documents all at once and email them to our address. I appreciate the work you have done! Thanks for your time.
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Buyer re: AP* Calculus AB, A Complete Course
Will you be able to upload this past year filled in teacher's copy for reference, please? I will be willing to pay for that.
August 29, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Tara Costigliola  (TpT Seller) re: Learning Activities for the Pre-AP* Algebra II and Pre-calculus Classrooms
Any luck on the answer key?
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Hope Allen  (TpT Seller) re: Free Response Items for the Pre-AP* Mathematics Classroom
Hello Mr. Sparks,

First of all let me say, you have produced some excellent materials! I work in Bryant schools and we purchased one license last year of both this and the activities for the PreAP classrooms, how much would it cost to purchase 5 additional licenses for each and one additional of the Pre-Cal complete course?
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Mark Sparks  (TpT Seller)
It actually would be best to purchase the whole Pre-cal course with additional licenses. The reason being is that the whole course contains the activities and the free responses. Each additional license for the whole course is $47.50. Please let me know if I can help in any other way!
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In May, I purchased your free response collection for pre-AP courses. I see that you've now released the whole course - can't wait to see it! My school is launching Honors Precalc this year, so the timing is perfect.

Since there's probably some overlap and I'm paying for my materials out of pocket, is it possible to get a discount on the whole Precalc course? If I had known it was coming, I would not have purchased the free response collection in May. Just thought I'd ask. :)

Thanks!
Elizabeth
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Mark Sparks  (TpT Seller)
There will be a little bit of overlap. The free responses are included in the complete course but are divided out between what I use in my classroom for in class practice and what I use for formal assessments.

I'm not sure how to discount the price of the overall course for certain users but I will definitely check into it.
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Buyer re: Pre-AP* Pre-calculus, The Complete Course
How soon will you be posting your teacher set of notes ?
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Buyer re: Pre-AP* Pre-calculus, The Complete Course
Do you have unit one ?
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Mark Sparks  (TpT Seller)
Unit #1 is available as a free download. It's the preview for the complete course as well as the preview for the individual units. Thank you so much for your interest!!
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Buyer re: Pre-AP* Pre-calculus, The Complete Course
Do you include a teachers set of notes that are complete and filled in with your Pre-calculus sets ?
July 21, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mark Sparks  (TpT Seller)
Unfortunately, at this time I do not. I've had formatting issues with that project. I hope to have them posted here soon, as well!! Thank you for your interest and inquiry!!
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Howdy Mark. I am wondering if you have the answer keys to the AP and pre-AP classes you have posted. I see that you have the answers for the quizzes and free response quizzes but was wondering if you had the answers for the practice questions typed up as well. Thank you for your time.

Doug
July 10, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mark Sparks  (TpT Seller)
Both courses have answer keys for all of the assessments...quizzes and tests. The AP and the PreAP daily note packets and homework do not have answer keys. That is my next big project :)

Any other questions you have, do not hesitate to ask!! Thank you for your interest in my products!!
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Buyer re: AP* Calculus AB, A Complete Course
Hey Mark - I am sorting through the Calculus materials you sent me. I see on Teacher to Teacher that you released it for free. Wow.

I am planning on requesting the Pre-Calculus materials this week! I see the individual units listed. Are they included in the entire course purchase?

I have a few questions about the Calculus materials.
1. I know you are on block schedule - how long are your class periods?
2. In your breakdown of how the grades are calculated you mention the Timed AP Practice Exercises - are these included?
3. Do you do concentrated AP review at the end of the semester? If so, what materials do you use?
4. Since I have only 47 minute classes, do you have any suggestions for the administration of the exams? If I allow them to revisit the first part the next day, I am sure much discussion will have happened in between the two days....
5. Do you copy an entire unit for the students at a time?
6. I notice that you put the notes at the end, and not mixed in with the homework - what was the reason for this?

That's all for now - I am sure I will run across others. I have used basically the same materials for many years. I am a bit antsy about making a change...
Thanks for your help!
Juli Wade
Fountain Lake High School
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Layla Bayramova  (TpT Seller)
Thank you for your quick response. I absolutely admire your work. Seems like you are a very good educator! Thanks again.
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Mark Sparks  (TpT Seller)
I am glad that you like it!! I also have Pre-cal materials that are available for purchase and are similar to the AP Calc materials. If you teach PreAP Precal, they'd compliment the calc materials very well. I teach both so they are completely aligned. If you do not teach Precal, I'd appreciate you passing the info along to those individuals in your school that do teach it! Best of luck, Mark.
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Layla Bayramova  (TpT Seller) re: AP* Calculus AB, A Complete Course
Wow... Incredible and its also free??! Thank you so much, Mark.
Quick question though: do you have an answer key to your quizzes?
July 3, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mark Sparks  (TpT Seller)
Yes. The answer keys to each quiz and test are the page before the quiz. There are two versions to each assessment, what I call no-star and star* versions. You will see two columns of multiple choice answers on the answer key. The first column is the no star answer key; the second column is the star* version answer key. The free response questions on each version are the same and the nine point rubric is provided.
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Pat K. re: Learning Activities for the Pre-AP* Algebra II and Pre-calculus Classrooms
Do your documents come with an answer key?
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Mark Sparks  (TpT Seller)
The learning activities do not have answer keys as of yet. I am in the process now of working on those. I am having issues with formatting that is throwing that off. However, I offer my email address (msparks@batesvilleschools.org) if you have any questions at all concerning anything that you encounter should you choose to purchase these. I am working very hard to get the answer keys but it's just taking so much time with the formatting being thrown off. I am about to the point to where I am going to do a handwritten answer key and take pictures of them to help with the formatting issue.
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have taught for 15 years in the Arkansas Public School System with 14 of those years being in the Batesville Public School System. I have taught every level of mathematics from 7th grade to AP* Calculus AB during my tenure at Batesville. Currently, I teach Pre-AP Algebra 2, Pre-calculus, and AP Calculus AB. Much of my work has been in the Pre-AP* and AP classrooms and have perfected the style of teaching necessary for success in the AP math program supported by the College Board. Over the years, I have compiled Learning Activities that foster student centered learning in my classroom. Additionally, I have written and compiled approximately 500 multiple choice items and 150 free response items that fit the AP style of testing. Students who have finished the AP math program at my school have experienced great success over the past 8 years, with a 85%+ pass rate of the AP exam, with several years of 100% pass rate of the exam. My first two years of teaching AP mathematics were disasters. I finally realized that the reason was because I was trying to teach both a way of thinking and calculus concepts at the same time. Students need the thinking skills before they learn calculus. *AP and Pre-AP are registered trademarks of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, my products.

MY TEACHING STYLE

In my classroom, students mostly discover concepts through investigation rather than me telling them. To be successful AP math students, they must be able to think independently, analyze a problem situation and make inferences, and convey those inferences in writing. My student centered learning activities foster these things in my students. Students are expected to speak as much, if not more, than myself in my classes. Students are active learners in the classroom. The least successful students are those who are quiet and uninvolved in classroom discussions. My approach to teaching mathematics is very different from most people. I know it sounds odd, but the majority of what I want students to learn from my classes is not the actual mathematics itself. In my classroom, mathematics just happens to be the tool that I use to teach students to become better analyzers of information, higher level thinkers, complex problem solvers, and efficient writers of the English language.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Independence County Teacher of the Year Finalist, 2002, Awarded by Citizens Bank of Batesville; Arkansas Most Outstanding Middle School Mathematics Teacher, 2003, Awarded by the Arkansas/Oklahoma Chapter of the Mathematical Association of America; Friend of Education, 2003, Awarded by Lyon College to an individual who has made significant contributions to education in the Batesville Community; Optimist Educator of the Year, 2004, Awarded by the Batesville Optimist Club; Sieman’s Award for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching Nominee for the state of Arkansas, 2008; Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching Nominee, 2009; Most Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award, Univeristy of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, 2008 – 2009

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

1993–1997 Lyon College Batesville, AR B.S., Mathematics Graduated cum laude; Awarded Most Outstanding Secondary Education Student; Presented a paper entitled The Effects of Part-Time Jobs on High School Students’ Academic Performance at the 1997 Conference for Undergraduate Research at the University of North Carolina in Asheville, NC; 2004–2005 Arkansas State University Jonesboro, AR Worked on M.S.E. degree in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction; Presented a paper entitled How Views of Community Members Can Help Shape Local Education at the 2004 Fall Conference for Graduate Research at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, AR; Presented a paper entitled Effects of Student Centered Learning Activity on Student Performance at the 2005 Spring Conference for Graduate Reasearch at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, AR;

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Professionally, I have committed myself to preparing students to be great thinkers. The AP* math program does just that. In order for students to be successful AP math students, they must be prepared. The College Board has made a great push in the last few years to encourage schools to provide Pre-AP* courses and have developed workshops to inform teachers of Pre-AP classes of the AP program. However, there are very few printed materials of resources to aid teachers. I have developed hundreds of pages of student centered learning activities that foster indendent and high level thinking as well as multiple choice and free response items that can be used to assess that thinking in the Pre-AP mathematics classroom. These are the products that I present here. *AP and Pre-AP are registered trademarks of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, my products.