• AP Calculus AB Course Overview

    Welcome to AP Calculus AB
     
    AP Calculus AB is an advanced mathematics course. As such, significant effort on the students part will be required to be successful in this course. The driving force behind this course is to prepare the student for a follow up pure or applied mathematics course in college.  Examples of follow up pure mathematics courses  are calculus II, calculus III, and differential equations.  Examples of follow up applied mathematics courses are physics, statics, fluid mechanics, etc.
     
    An additional goal for this course is to help prepare the student to score well on the AP Calculus AP exam at the end of the year.  A score at or above 3/5 on the test will greatly increase the chance of receiving college credit for calculus I.
     
    What to Expect
     
    It is assumed that the AP Calculus student is a mature thoughtful young adult with an understanding that they are responsible for their own individual success. In this course there is a greater reliance on the student to be aware of their deficiencies and to seek assistance if necessary. As a result, the course grading scheme will be heavily weighted on chapter tests. There will be significant daily homework assignments the student is responsible for, and periodic mastery check quizzes, however, their grade will ultimately depend on their demonstration of concept mastery on the chapter tests.
     
    There will be a heavy emphasis on advanced algebraic manipulation and many of the familiar algebraic and geometric concepts from pre-calculus are explored in greater depth. We will introduce new techniques and practice to provide greater mathematical insight.
     
    We will cover the first 5 chapters of the course text in their entirety, most of chapter 6 and half of chapter 7.  The student should
     
    In short, there will be fewer grades per grading period, so the chapter tests will count more than in previous courses.

    Absences
     
    Absence due to illness is an unfortunate eventuality, especially for active teenagers. In all but the most serious cases, with some extra help, the student can usually recover fairly quickly. For the good of the student, expected absences should be kept to a minimum and, if at all possible, scheduled in a way to avoid, or at least limit the amount of missed class time. Students who miss class voluntarily are required to complete all work PRIOR to their departure.

    This means that if there is a test scheduled for say Wednesday, and the student is scheduled to get fitted for braces on Wednesday during their class period, they are required to take the test BEFORE leaving school that day, or have taken the test the day before.

    Even single day absences can be managed with appropriate planning. Extended planned absences should be avoided if at all possible. For example perhaps a family has planned a 1 week vacation during the school year so as not to coincide with a school holiday. As with single day absences, the student will be required to complete all work PRIOR to their departure. This means that the student will not only have to perform the work with the rest of the class before they leave, but will also have to work 1 week ahead of the class before they leave.

    This policy is necessary to insure equity for all students but clearly it is very stressful for the student who must miss class. It is important to note that this policy does not apply to family emergencies that require extended absences. There are mechanisms in place to handle those circumstances. This policy is in place primarily for the benefit of all students.