AP Calculus AB  

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Goals of the Course 

In this course you will learn to understand and apply the concepts and skills that form the foundation of Calculus, to appreciate the role of Calculus in the context of mathematical problem-solving, and to develop the skills to work individually and in groups to solve problems.  You will be asked to write about mathematics, to talk to classmates about the material, and to work with each other to solve problems.

I expect you to make a serious commitment to this class; to be actively involved in class discussions as you share your ideas and learn from the ideas of others; to take good notes and review those notes each night, making additions or clarifications while that day's ideas are still fresh in your mind; to do the reading and homework problems thoughtfully; to think about and have informal discussions about the material.  If you are confused, I expect you to take the initiative to get help. I am available for help most days at lunch. You may also schedule time with me after school.

Course Outcomes

At the end of the three-trimester sequence of AP Calculus AB:

  • Students will be able to solve problems that are similar to types of questions that are asked on the AP test.
  • Students will be able to apply Calculus skills to solve a variety of theoretical and applied problems.
  • Students will be able to recognize the skills that are necessary to solve a given problem and interpret the results of the calculations they do.
  • Students will be able to effectively communicate their understanding of concepts verbally to describe problem scenarios and chosen problem-solving methods as well as justify solutions.  Students will demonstrate correct mathematical notation and terminology when writing.
  • Students will be able to use critical thinking and prior mathematical concepts to gain insight into Calculus concepts. 
  • Students will be able to use collaboration to solve problems, discuss ideas, and answer questions from their peers.
  • Individually and in groups, students will be able to write mathematical functions and differential equations to model situations described verbally and/or graphically.
  • Students will be able to assess the reasonableness of models and solutions.  Students will be able to improve solution processes through reflection and successive refinement. 
  • Students will be able to use technology, when appropriate, to solve problems.  Techniques to be implemented using technology include Euler’s method, creating slope fields, and numerical integration.

Grading Policy
Trimester grades will be computed as follows:
Tests:  45%
Other Graded Work: 50%
Class Participation and Effort: 5%

Course Final Grade will be computed as follows:
Trimesters 1, 2, and 3: 25% each
Midterm: 15%
Final Project: 10% 

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