AP Calculus Assignment

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Hello! As part of your introduction to this course I would like you
to take a little time and write a 1-page (maximum) mathematical
autobiography. This autobiography should not start, "I was born on a
dark, stormy night in Cleveland, Ohio..." - instead, I want you to
think about your mathematical interests, likes, dislikes, talents,
and weaknesses. Why are you here, where are you going, and what do you
expect to gain from this course? To guide (but not limit) your
thinking, here are some questions that might deserve
answering^{1}:

- Which topics in mathematics do you like, which do you dislike, and why?
- Who were the people who have played a positive role in your mathematical life, and why?
- Who were the people who have played a negative role in your mathematical life, and why?
- Describe your good mathematical experiences and your bad ones.
- In what environments do you learn best?
- What environments hinder your learning?

Perhaps you are thinking, "Gee! This is a strange assignment for a math course!" Well, this is a strange math course.

Your autobiography will **not **be graded for grammar,
punctuation, or spelling (although illiteracy does *really *
irritate Mr. Stanbrough). Actually, it will not be graded, as in A,
B, C, at all. Please use a separate sheet of paper. Please be neat.
Thank you very much.

Due Friday.

last update August 27, 2007 by JL Stanbrough