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Investigation Expectations AP Calculus BC II

Timeline:
Week of January 29 Begin working on investigation in class.

Friday, Febuary 21 Investigations DUE by 3:30 pm.

Grading of the investigation will include (see rubric for more details):
1) Active participation in work with your group during class.

2) Report should include:


a. Title page and list of group members. Feel free to be creative with the title page, but be sure to
include the Academic Honesty Statement: We have neither given nor received unauthorized
assistance on this investigation assignments. All group members must sign under the academic
honesty statement.
b. Description of the problem setting, important facts, and any assumptions made.
c. Both an introduction and a conclusion.
d. Major findings of the investigation: What did you discover? Show that you used calculus
concepts; show the details of finding the solutions. Do not just answer the questions in the
investigation; instead present the problem to the reader. Be sure we can see the calculus
involved. (Use the equation editor in Word, or download MathType from the Mathematics
software menu in Moodle. These tools are easy to use and enable you to type mathematical
symbols and equations in a professional way.)
e. Graphs and tables that tell important information; labels and scale should be included.
f. Both numerical and analytical investigations must be clearly represented if both are used.
g. Answers to all of the questions asked.
h. Use transitions throughout your report. Do not place a graph in the paper without a sentence
describing what we should be looking for in the graph. Your report should be interesting to
read and should be accessible to a reader who has not necessarily worked through the
investigation. Assume your reader understands the mathematics concepts used but knows
nothing about your investigation.
Group Members:
Investigation:

Pts Pts
Possible Earned
Participation – diligently worked on problem during class 3
Introduction/Conclusion – clearly explained problem/goals of investigation & 2
provided relevant concluding remarks
Setting the Stage – Description of problem, definition of constants/variables, 6
identification of assumptions
Calculations/Analytical Work – clearly presented, correct and thorough 5
mathematics
Major Findings/Answers to Questions – clear, correct answers obtained using 15
calculus
Graphs and/or tables – well-labeled, clear, and integrated into the flow of the 4
paper
Quality of Writing – Paper flowed well, with good transitions and statements 5
that made sense. Major findings and calculations were integrated in the flow
of the paper and not simply presented as lists. Paper is relatively free of
grammatical and spelling errors, is interesting to read, and uses creativity
appropriately.

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