Back in the Groove

Our school has a two-week spring break at a silly, early time in the year. We have been back for a week now and I feel like my students and I are all getting back in the groove again. I know that the dreaded senior slump will continue to pick up momentum but at least I am still seeing some energy and engagement from most of my seniors.

Fun to be back and excited to unfold Taylor’s series’ with my students. This was one of the genuinely awe inspiring topics when I studied Calculus. I remember being amazed by this idea and it’s mechanics. I hope I can share that wonder.

6 thoughts on “Back in the Groove”

1. I’ve always enjoyed showing students how sine and cosine are embedded in e^(ix). It provides for a nice excursion / re-introduction of complex numbers.

1. I have a brief unit with the BC kids that attempts to tie together number lines, Cartesian Plane, Polar Curves, and the Argand (Complex) Plane all in one tidy bundle. I save this Taylor/DeMoivre idea for that unit.

2. jwilson828 says:

Thank you for sharing. I have one student doing an independent study on BC topics this year, and so I’m going to send this post for her to read, too!

1. Please do and encourage her to look at the GeoGebra link to play with. She can enter her own f(x) and see the resulting Taylor at different degrees. She can also manipulate the center of convergence

3. A nice reflection Jim, coming off spring break is always a tough start, but what a great way to get moving forward. I love the Geogebra applet, that was fun, well done. We just finished our spring break last week, and it feels we have so much more school left this year.

4. “I must have made my unsatisfied face…” I can picture that! What a wonderfully subtle prompt. 😐