My students need 10 graphing calculators for our new AP Calculus class and for other advanced math classes.
We have recently introduced AP Calculus in our inner-city public charter school. Our AP kids are all seniors, but we also have kids in Precalculus and Algebra 2 who will use the materials. Our school actively recruits adjudicated youth and usually contains about 55% girls.
The AP college board requires that we issue each student a graphic calculator for use in class and at home. Calculators are also required for the exam. Our particular school is on a tight budget and is it a challenge to purchase new calculators.
I teach advanced math (AP Calculus and precalculus) to 11th- and 12th-grade students. As students move into advanced mathematics courses, they are increasingly asked to analyze function attributes and behaviors and to compare one function to another. Graphing calculators allow students to quickly and accurately graph multiple functions in one window. Their use provides motivation and context, and they serve students with diverse learning styles, as well as those students with motor skill challenges. Students can use the calculator to graph multiple functions at one time, allowing for easy comparison and analysis (higher order tasks that are the foundation of college math curricula). Taking AP Calculus increases a student's chance of getting accepted into college. Students who pass the difficult AP exam will know they can complete difficult college-level work, and the experience will increase their overall confidence and willingness to attend college. Additionally, they will start college with one course already completed (and therefore one less course to pay for). Even if they do not pass the exam, they can enter freshman Calculus having seen all the material before.
Your donation will give inner-city adjudicated youth the extra support they need to get into college; enter college with confidence; and start college with their freshman Calculus requirement already successfully completed.
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|TI GRAPHING CALCULATOR Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus Graphing Calculator • Quill||$107.99||10||$1,079.90|
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