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AP Calculus AB

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Teacher: Noelle Bandy
Email: mathgirl4@att.net
Date/Time: Monday - 12:45 PM to 2:15 PM
Room: 255/257
Departments: Advanced Placement (AP), Math
Grade Level: High School (9th-12th)

This AP Calculus AB class is taught using Derek Owens' curriculum.

This is a college level course in Calculus. This course will cover all of the topics specified by the College Board for the AP Calculus AB exam. This course is normally taken by students in grade twelve. Students should have completed Precalculus before enrolling in Calculus.

This course has passed the AP Course Audit and has been approved by the College Board to bear the "AP" designation.

Fees
The cost of the course is $83 per month for nine months.  Students will need to purchase a copy of the Student Workbook, which should be around $20 each semester. Videos of all class lectures will be provided on line at no additional cost.

 

Lectures and Class Time
Class time will primarily be spent on instruction. Students should bring their Student Workbook to each class, or a printout of the pages for that week. The pages of the workbook are identical to the instructor's lecture notes, except the student version has the solutions and answers deleted. During the lecture the students take notes and solve the example problems in the workbook.

Videos of the lectures are also available online, and these videos go through the same lecture notes, point by point. Students use the videos to cover any material that time constraints did not permit us to cover in our weekly class. Or, if a student misses a class or needs to review the material, all of the course content is available online. It is possible to take the entire course online via distance learning, and many students have done so.

 

Textbook
This course was originally based on Calculus by Paul Foerster, 2nd edition, published by Key Curriculum Press, 2005. This is an excellent text and is on the College Board’s list of approved texts for this AP Calculus. Today, the course consists of Mr. Owens' own materials.

 

Homework, Tests and Grades
Students will be given specific assignments to complete each week. Assignments will consist of Practice Problems from the workbook, instructional videos online, and written assignments.

In this class there is a distinction between Practice Problems and Homework Problems. Practice Problems are found in the workbook and in the textbook, and students check their answers with the solutions provided. Homework assignments and tests are printed from the website, completed, and turned in for a grade.

To maximize instructional time in class, tests will be given at home. Students will take a cumulative exam at the end of the first semester and may choose to take the Advanced Placement exam at a location of their choosing. Students will receive a numerical grade for each semester and for the year. The grade is calculated based on tests, graded homework and the final exam.

 

Difficulty Level
AP Calculus is a college level class, as indicated by the “Advanced Placement” designation. The material is conceptually challenging. Homework assignments and tests will reflect the difficulty of the material, and will be comparable to the difficulty level of problems that students will encounter on the AP Exam.

 

Internet Access
Access to a computer with a high speed internet connection is strongly recommended. Instructional materials such as lecture videos, lecture notes, homework assignments and tests will be available over the internet. Graded assignments and tests may also be returned via email in order to provide more timely feedback. Progress reports will be put on the website and updated regularly.






 
 
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