ADVANCED PLACEMENT CALCULUS
The Advanced Placement Calculus Program is a cooperative educational endeavor of secondary schools, colleges, and the College Board. An AP course in mathematics consists of a full academic year of work in Calculus and related topics comparable to courses in colleges and universities. It is expected that students who take AP Calculus will seek college credit and/or placement by taking the AP Examination in May.
This course is intended for students who have a thorough understanding of college preparatory mathematics as demonstrated through their successful completion of Integrated Algebra, Integrated Geometry, Integrated Algebra 2 and Trigonometry, and Pre-Calculus. Most colleges and universities will grant advanced placement credit for successful completion of the course.
This will be a challenging course taught at the college level that will require dedication, time, and effort on the students’ and teacher’s parts. Completion of nightly homework assignments, preparation for tests and quizzes, active participation in classroom learning, and seeking extra help when necessary are all very important factors. The course will provide the students with the opportunity to work with functions represented graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally with an emphasis placed on their interconnections. The course will require the students to communicate mathematics both in written and verbal form. Students are given the opportunity to communicate mathematics in written form through class notes, daily assignments, tests, and long term projects. Students are given the opportunity to communicate mathematics in verbal form through class discussion, study groups, and oral presentations. Students have a strong background in the use of graphing calculators from the prerequisite course, Pre-Calculus. The use of graphing calculators to help solve problems, experiment, interpret results, and support conclusions occurs throughout the course.
Topics covered will include:
- Pre-Calculus Review
- Limits and their Properties
- Applications of Differentiation
- Applications of Integration