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
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.
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
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.
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.
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