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New Review: CPM Educational Program’s AP Calculus, 3rd Edition

CPM's AP Calculus, 3rd Edition CPM Educational Program’s AP Calculus, 3rd Edition is a comprehensive single-variable calculus text that supports instruction in Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus AB and AP Calculus BC courses. Resources are available in print and eBook formats. Learning List recently reviewed eBook materials for AP Calculus AB and BC.  Reviewers found the College Board’s big ideas, enduring understandings, and essential knowledge for AP Calculus AB and BC to be well addressed in course resources. Reviewers said that the course covers these concepts effectively in a rigorous, non-traditional format that requires students to investigate and connect new concepts and strategies.

CPM’s Calculus non-traditional approach to presenting content does not include some familiar features of a mathematics text, such as an instructional narrative and example problems with step-by-step solutions. Instead, instruction emphasizes “Study Teams” made up of two to four students who work together to discover strategies and solutions. Teams work together to answer questions, justify their reasoning, and identify multiple solution strategies. The teachers’ role is to encourage students’ teamwork, facilitate discussions, and provide support when teams encounter questions they are unable to answer. Learning List’s reviewers noted that CPM’s inquiry-based approach to instruction facilitates the integration of the College Board’s Mathematical Practices for AP Calculus (MPACs), explaining that students use the MPACs each day in their work in Study Teams.

Teacher resources include background and strategies (e.g., Math Chat) to support the implementation of Study Teams. Many lessons also include recorded podcasts, or “Mathcasts,” in which an expert teacher walks users through the lesson providing background information and suggesting teaching strategies. A “Teacher Support” appendix provides information about the course’s interactive math tools, links to each Mathcast video, printable resources for some lessons (e.g., polar graph paper), professional development information, SmartBoard files for each chapter, CPM Newsletters, and errata files.

About CPM*

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CPM began as a grant-funded mathematics project in 1989 to write textbooks to help students understand mathematics and support teachers who use these materials. CPM Educational Program is now a nonprofit educational consortium of middle and high school teachers and university professors that offers a complete mathematics program for grades 6 through 12 (Calculus) designed to engage all students in learning mathematics through problem solving, reasoning, and communication.

CPM’s Mission:

CPM’s mission is to empower mathematics students and teachers through exemplary curriculum, professional development, and leadership. We recognize and foster teacher expertise and leadership in mathematics education. We engage all students in learning mathematics through problem solving, reasoning, and communication.

CPM’s Vision:

CPM envisions a world where mathematics is viewed as intriguing and useful, and is appreciated by all; where powerful mathematical thinking is an essential, universal, and desirable trait; and where people are empowered by mathematical problem-solving and reasoning to solve the world’s problems.

*The content in this section is provided by or adapted from CPM.

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New Review: Perfection Learning’s Of the People, A History of the United States, 3rd Edition

Learning List has reviewed Perfection Learning’s Of the People, A History of the United StatesPerfection Learning's Of the People, A History of the United States, 3rd Edition, 3rd Edition. This two-volume resource supports instruction in Advanced Placement (AP) United States History courses. Content is available in print and eBook formats with additional online resources. Instruction focuses on the centrality of democracy to the American way of life, including the struggle to create and preserve the American democracy and how democracy shapes American social and political understandings.

Core content for Volume 1 is organized in 13 chapters that address specific periods in American history from 1450 to 1877. Volume 2 is made up of 15 chapters that address specific periods from 1865 to 2014.  Each chapter opens with a striking visual (e.g., painting), an outline of content, a set of “Common Threads” questions that focus students on the chapter’s key themes, and an “American Portrait” feature that provides a short biography of an individual(s) whose experiences embody the period’s themes.

Each chapter includes a “Struggles for Democracy” feature that discusses issues that prompted controversy and debate in the period. Some chapters also have “American Landscape” and “America and the World” features.  American Landscape details a particular place and moment in which issues of power come into clear focus (e.g., the growing lifestyle differences between the wealthy and the poor in Philadelphia, 1780-1790). America in the World helps frame events in American history in the larger global context.

About Perfection Learning*

For over 85 years, Perfection Learning has been a leader in literature and language arts programs for grades 6-12. These programs cover the complete range of language arts skills and course areas with both textbooks and supplemental programs. Innovative literature programs provide cost-effective solutions for teaching critical thinking skills and incorporating the new demands of the Common Core State Standards. K-8 reading/language arts solutions include hybrid print/digital handwriting and spelling programs, nonfiction reading, and intervention programs in reading and math.

In May 2013, Perfection Learning acquired AMSCO School Publications. For over 75 years, AMSCO has excelled in providing high-quality materials in world languages, science, language arts, ACT and SAT preparation, and more.


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New Review: Cengage Learning Calculus (Larson), 11th Edition, AP Edition

Cengage Learning's AP Calculus (Larson)Learning List has reviewed Cengage Learning’s Calculus (Larson), 11th Edition, AP Edition. This is a comprehensive course for Advanced Placement (AP) calculus. Resources are available in print format and include some online resources. Instruction is designed specifically for AP courses and provides guidance in preparing for and taking AP exams. The text covers content for AP Calculus AB and BC courses.

Calculus opens with preface that discusses the AP Calculus exam and test preparation strategies. Core content is presented in 16 chapters that present content in a linear and logical manner. The first half of the course begins with a “Chapter P: Preparation for Calculus” that reviews key concepts needed for the study of calculus (e.g., linear models, rates of change, inverse functions), and then covers limits, differentiation, integration, differential equations, integration techniques, and logarithmic, exponential, and transcendental functions. The second half of the course addresses infinite series; conics, parametric equations, and polar coordinates; vectors and the geometry of space; vector-valued functions; functions of several variables; multiple integration; and vector analysis. Chapter 16 is available online and presents “Additional Topics in Differential Equations,” such as first-order equations and series solutions of differential equations.

Instruction supports discovery learning and the synthesis of the College Board’s big ideas for AP Calculus. Margin notes throughout the text support students’ preparation for AP exams and end-of-chapter exercises include questions formatted to reflect the AP exam. The level of rigor in instruction, in problem sets, and in AP Practice Questions matches that of the AP exam.

About Cengage Learning*

Cengage Learning is a leading educational content, technology, and services company for the higher education and K–12, professional and library markets worldwide. The company provides superior content, personalized services and course-driven digital solutions that accelerate student engagement and transform the learning experience.

Information in this section is provided by or adapted from Cengage Learning.

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New Review: Wiley Publishing’s Anton: Calculus, 11th Edition

Wiley Publishing's Anton: Calculus, 11th EditionLearning List has reviewed Wiley Publishing’s Anton: Calculus, 11th Edition. This comprehensive calculus product supports instruction in Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus AB and AP Calculus BC courses. Resources are available in print and eBook formats and additional online instructional materials are available from Wiley.

Content is presented in 15 chapters that address limits and continuity; derivatives, including graphing and applications; differentiation; integrals, including applications and the principles of evaluating integrals; modeling with differential equations; infinite series; parametric and polar curves; conic sections; vector-valued functions; partial derivatives; multiple integrals; and topics in vector calculus. Appendices include a review of trigonometry and summaries of functions, including families of functions and inverse functions. Additional “Web Appendices” are available online and address additional topics, such as the use of technology (e.g., graphing calculators), selected proofs, and differential equations.

Online resources available at WileyPLUS facilitate teacher-led instruction and student self-study. These include ORION adaptive practice tools, video tutorials, animations, and printable study guides and solutions manuals for each chapter. ORION adaptive software provides a diagnostic assessment that evaluates students’ understanding of chapter content by each objective. Animations and videos demonstrate key concepts (e.g., graphing a piecewise function) with voiceover narration. Study guides summarize and review learning objectives, vocabulary, and key ideas from each chapter and each chapter section. Solutions manuals provide answers to odd-numbered exercises.

About Wiley Publishing*

Wiley’s mission is to help teachers teach and students learn. Wiley maximizes the value of its content by publishing it in all media, notably through WileyPLUS, the online solution which has been used by nearly 1 million students in about 20 nations worldwide. Available in virtually all our disciplines, WileyPLUS courses contain the full online version of the text, plus all of the integrated teaching and learning resources instructors and students need to solve the problems inherent to their courses. Using WileyPLUS, instructors automate the assigning and grading of homework, and build highly visual presentations to engage students. Students complete assignments online with instant feedback as they are working, link directly to specific portions of their online text, and track their own progress in a personal gradebook. Students using WileyPLUS have consistently reported better understanding of material, better performance in class, and greater interest in learning.

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New Review: McGraw Hill’s Biology (AP Edition) by Raven and Johnson

MH: Raven AP BiologyLearning List has reviewed the 11th edition of McGraw Hill’s Biology: AP Edition (Raven).  This comprehensive product supports instruction in Advanced Placement (AP) Biology courses. Content is available in print and digital formats. Instruction emphasizes evolution and scientific inquiry, while integrating concepts in cellular and molecular biology and genomics. A lab manual is not provided; teachers may access “AP Biology Investigative Labs: An Inquiry-Based Approach” from the College Board at no cost (

Raven Biology presents content in two types of chapters. “Essential Knowledge” chapters cover the essential content identified in the College Board’s course framework for AP Biology, and “Extending Knowledge” chapters extend students’ understanding using illustrative examples and applications of content. Chapters include critical thinking activities, such as “Inquiry Questions,” “Data Analysis” prompts, and “Scientific Thinking” textboxes. High quality visual elements, including three-dimensional illustrations, help students understand difficult concepts.

Course eBooks have highlighting, bookmarking, and note taking tools. Additional online resources for Raven Biology include SmartBook adaptive reading materials, ONboard interactive learning tools, and SCOREboard adaptive review resources. SmartBook and other online resources are housed in McGraw Hill’s Connect learning management system (LMS), which contains an online gradebook that enables teachers to create or import class rosters, create assignments, monitor progress, and communicate with students.

About McGraw Hill Education*

At McGraw-Hill Education, we believe that our contribution to unlocking a brighter future lies within the application of our deep understanding of how learning happens and how the mind develops. It exists where the science of learning meets the art of teaching. Our mission is to accelerate learning through intuitive, engaging, efficient and effective experiences – grounded in research.

Educators have been and always will be at the core of the learning experience. The solutions we develop help educators impart their knowledge to students more efficiently. We believe that harnessing technology can enhance learning inside and outside of the classroom and deepen the connections between students and teachers to empower greater success.

By partnering with educators around the globe, our learning engineers, content developers and pedagogical experts are developing increasingly open learning ecosystems that are proven to improve pass rates, elevate grades and increase engagement for each individual learner while improving outcomes for all.

Information in this section is provided by or adapted from McGraw Hill Education.

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