AP Calculus: Slope Fields

Ready to field questions about slope fields? An article on AP® Calculus teaching methods describes how to teach about slope fields to solve differential equations. It gives some sample problems to consider with the class and how to develop an understanding of the connection between slope fields and antiderivatives.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use the card match game as part of a review
Classroom Considerations

  • Learners should have access to a slope field program on a graphing calculator or be able to input such a program (instructions are given in the resource)
  • Pupils must be familiar with differential equations and antiderivatives
Pros

  • Provides a list of previous AP® exam questions to reference
  • Includes handouts for activities
Cons

  • Gives only a general outline, not an actual lesson plan