Test day for Calculus. Implicit Diff, Chain Rule, Related Rates. It is the logical thing to do, test before Thanksgiving Break, but there were a number of students absent. They’ll have to do the make up after break, but I am not sure how well that is going to go for some.

I was a little ambitious in Honors Precalculus. My goal for today was to introduce students to Conics in Polar Form. I first wanted students to determine what cosine and sine did to the graphs of polars with this exploration:

Students worked well on this, but it took much longer than expected, I think because the holiday weekend was almost here. So we ended up going through these notes a little fast. Again, there were a few absent students, so doing a refresher problem or two after Thanksgiving Break may not be a bad idea. Of course, my goal is exposure to the topic, in case their future math classes use conics and parametrics, they would have at least heard of this.

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