Seniors leave early due to graduation every year in May. With the seniors, we made it through Optimization…and then spent some time on a project optimizing boxes and cans. Maybe I’ll have some time later to post about that. With three juniors, we finished up the year learning about differentials, linearization and integration. The topics don’t necessarily lend themselves to being a unit…but hey, it’s the end of the year!
Optimization was pretty much done like I did first semester, so I won’t bore you too much with those details. Integration was done in a similar fashion as that post too, though I had some time to use rectangular approximation to introduce the topic, which I did not have time for first semester due to the crazy amount of snow days we had.
Newton’s Method: File-25-06-2014-10-39-20 A neat topic to spend a short amount of time on, relating how these numbers were approximated before the advent of graphing calculators and computers. It’s really amazing how close these approximations were so long ago!