It is the first week of the school year once again. The first few weeks have always been hard for me because I have a new set of classes for the year, and with these come new things to learn which also means: new challenges.
For AP Calculus in particular, it will probably take me a few more days in order to get back into the groove of things and start thinking mathematically once again. This was true for every one of my past math classes, so I expected it to hit me right around this time.
If we're talking about a certain realization that I had for this first week of school, well I would say that I realized that I do indeed need to review a lot. This is mostly due to the fact that when we received the pre-calculus review packet, I found myself lost at a lot of the concepts that I know I should know. It's either that I just need to do certain problems over and over again until I finally remember how to do them or I actually have to re-learn the actual concepts, which I know I never find fun.
I found that I still fully retained a lot of my algebraic solving ability, which I was very happy about since a lot of the first problems on the review packet were on algebraic manipulation. But, what I found myself having trouble with were problems involving sin, cosine, tangent, and dealing with graphs. By "dealing with graphs" I don't mean just graphing functions, I'm referring to interval notation, domain and range, and just graphical reasoning in general. I am definitely going to touch up on this topics through the weekend in order to get ready for the assessment that we're going to have.
Bryll Matthew Moreno