AP Test Prep

Calculus AB/BC - Modeling Situations with Differential Equations

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Differentiate between models. Pupils watch as the video works through three examples of creating a differential equation to model a situation. Scholars use their knowledge of proportional relationships to set up the equations and to solve for the constant of proportionality. They then practice their skills in the worksheet.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Review by brainstorming what the first and second derivatives may represent in a real-world situation
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires knowledge of direct and inverse proportions
  • First lesson in a unit of 10 sections
  • This video is hosted on YouTube
  • Contains two additional worksheets to use to work toward mastery
  • Includes answer keys
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