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Studying AP Calculus
Volume 115, Program 31
4/1/2013
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There actually are people who find calculus to be fun and exciting—like Becky Darby, teacher of AP Calculus at Patrick Henry College Preparatory Academy. Join us today on Home School Heartbeat,as she discusses the joys of teaching calculus with host Mike Smith.

Mike Smith:
Today I’m joined by Becky Darby, who teaches AP Calculus at PHC Prep. It’s good to have you with us, Becky!

Becky Darby:
Thank you, Mike. I’m happy to be a part.

Mike:
Now, you often describe calculus as fun and exciting—even an “adventure.” What is it about this challenging subject that inspires and motivates you as well as your students?

Becky:
Well, an adventure is an exciting experience, perhaps a venture into unknown territory, and I feel that this description suits calculus perfectly. It is the mathematics of change, occurring in infinitely small and large increments. As we focus on the infinite, we are able to clearly see the handprint, even the mindprint of God. And gazing into the beauty and majesty of this mathematics is similar to what we feel when gazing at a majestic mountain range. And I always enjoy taking students on this adventure.
 
Mike:
Well, Becky, it sounds like your students are experiencing more fun than they may have bargained for when they signed up to take calculus. And thank you for sharing that with us today, and until next time, I’m Mike Smith.


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