Summary: This course is a full year high school class, taught at the level of a college or university calculus course. Successful completion of this course will provide preparation for the AP exam as well as for placing out of a comparable college-level course. Students entering this course should have mastered the equivalent of 4 years of high school mathematics, including advanced topics in algebra, trigonometry, analytic geometry, and elementary functions, including linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, inverse trigonometric.
The Calculus AB course is designed to develop students’ understanding of concepts, methods, and applications through emphasizing multiple approaches to representing solutions to problems (graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally). This course will continually focus on the evolution of pre-calculus topics into calculus concepts (derivatives and integrals) via the limit process, e.g., from average rate of change to instantaneous rate of change, from surface area of a cylinder to surface area of a solid of revolution.
The course will employ multiple technological tools by student and teacher, including the TI-89 graphing calculator and various online applications and website information repositories.