Education.com

# How to Approach Each Question Type on the AP Calculus Exam (page 2)

(not rated)

### Using a Graphing Calculator

• The use of a graphing calculator is permitted in Section 1-Part B multiple-choice questions and in Section 2-Part A free-response questions.

• You are permitted to use the following 4 built-in capabilities of your graphing calculator to obtain an answer:

1. plotting the graph of a function

2. finding the zeros of a function

3. calculating numerically the derivative of a function

4. calculating numerically the value of a definite integral

For example, if you have to find the area of a region, you need to show a definite integral. You may then proceed to use the calculator to produce the numerical value of the definite integral without showing any supporting work. All other capabilities of your calculator can only be used to check your answer. For example, you may not use the built-in [Inflection] function of your calculator to find points of inflection. You must use calculus showing derivatives and indicating a change of concavity.

• You may not use calculator syntax to substitute for calculus notations.

• When using a graphing calculator to solve a problem, you are required to write the setup that leads to the answer. For example, if you are finding the volume of a solid, you must write the definite integral and then use the calculator to compute the numerical value. Simply indicating the answer without writing the integral is considered an incomplete solution, for which you would receive minimal credit (possibly 1 point) instead of full credit for a complete solution.

• Set your calculator to radian mode, and change to degree mode only if necessary.

• If you are using a TI-89 graphing calculator, clear all previous entries for variables a through z before the AP Calculus Exams.

• You are permitted to store computer programs in your calculator and use them in the AP Calculus Exams. Your calculator memories will not be cleared.

• Using the [Trace] function to find points on a graph may not produce the required accuracy. Most graphing calculators have other built in functions that can produce more accurate results. For example, to find the x -intercepts of a graph, use the [Zero] function, and to find the intersection point of two curves, use the [Intersection] function.

• When decimal numbers are involved, do not round until the final answer. Unless otherwise stated, your final answer should be accurate to three places after the decimal point.

• You may bring up to two calculators to the AP Calculus Exams.

• Replace old batteries with new ones and make sure that the calculator is functioning properly before the exam.

### Taking the Exam What

Do I Need to Bring to the Exam?

• Several Number 2 pencils.

• A good eraser and a pencil sharpener.

• Two black or blue pens.

• One or two approved graphing calculators with fresh batteries. (Be careful when you change batteries so that you don’t lose your programs.)

• A watch.

• An admissions card or a photo I.D. card if your school or the test site requires it.

• Your school code number if the test site is not at your school.

• A simple snack if the test site permits it. (Don’t try anything you haven’t eaten before. You might have an allergic reaction.)

• A light jacket if you know that the test site has strong air conditioning.

• Do not bring Wite Out or scrap paper.

150 Characters allowed

### Related Questions

#### Q:

See More Questions

### Today on Education.com

#### SEASONAL

Spring Fever! 6 Ways to Settle Kids Down

#### PARENTING

6 Teacher Tips You Can Use at Home

#### SAFETY

Is the Playground a Recipe for Disaster?
Welcome!