Calculus Syllabus

AP Calculus Syllabus

Clay Wright

Sardis High School

 

What is AP Calculus AB?

 

This course is a college level course that covers approximately the material in one semester of college Calculus. This course will have a fast pace. Keeping up with this class is a must! 

 

Necessary Materials

1. A pencil must be used on major tests. It would be advantageous to use a pencil on class work and quizzes because it is easier to make corrections.

2. A graphing calculator is required for this course.  The TI-84 will be the calculator most used in the classroom by the instructor. 

3.   A 2-inch or 3-inch three-ring binder with loose-leaf paper is the best notebook to keep organized.  Tabbed  dividers (10-20) are a great organizational tool. A student may not use his textbook as a notebook. 

 

Expectations of students

1. Work only on AP Calculus during the 50 minutes of class.  Any extraneous material may be taken up and returned at a later time.

2. Bring all materials need daily. (See above list)

3. Do work problems daily and give it your all!  You are welcome to ask questions about work problems, but you may be asked your approach on solving the problem before your question is answered.

4. Work problems and Extra practice problems should be labeled with the date and assignment so that you can use it to help you study for unit tests and semester exam.  Each problem should have three essential parts 1)Problem, 2) Work, and 3) Answer  ( that is called PWA).  Homework should be neat and easy to follow.

5. Expect your teacher to work in a coaching capacity, which means she will expect you to use a little “elbow grease” to solve a problem instead of answering you immediately.

6. Respect others when thinking mathematically.  This includes verbal discussions, board presentations, and individual time thinking through a problem.

7. Work collaboratively with other students and teacher. If you are asked to work on a problem, jump in there and do your best to solve it!  

8. Ask for extra help, if needed.  Schedule a time to meet with instructor or with a classmate in order to receive any additional help.

9. Each student will take the first semester exam and the national AP Calculus Exam at the end of the year.

 

Expectations of the teacher

1. Make every effort to make this course a very challenging, yet exciting course.

2. Vary the methods of instruction to include individual and group work.

3. Introduce each student to the concepts set forth in the AP Calculus syllabus.

4. Introduce each student to “AP type” questions and how AP grades these questions.

5. Plan for adequate time to review all material so that students have an opportunity to put all concepts together.

6. Plan time for students to take a practice exam with the “AP type” questions and grade it in “AP style”.

7. Work diligently to create a positive, fun atmosphere.

 

 

Expectations of the Parent

1. Encourage students to put forth their best effort in homework and preparation of tests.

2. Communicate to the teacher if there are any problems.

3. Encourage the student to get extra help when needed.

4. Provide an environment conducive to studying and doing homework.

5. Encourage the student to get enough sleep so that he can perform at his best the next school day.

6. Encourage your student to communicate with you the mathematics that he learned that day.  You never know, you might learn something new!!

 

 

How is the grade determined in this class?

The nine weeks grade will be calculated with 80% tests and 20% other work

TESTS

ð A concept checklist that contains a list of the learning targets for each major test will be given to the student at the beginning of a new concept and will be used to help students assess their progress for each learning target.

ð Each test will contain multiple choice and free response questions that have “AP flavor”.  Some tests questions may be similar to work problems, extra practice problems and quiz problems given during the unit. Some tests questions will require students to assimilate previous and new concepts in order to solve a problem. 

ð Each test given may have calculator and non-calculator problems.

OTHER WORK 

ð Other Work consists of partner quizzes, journals and other writing assignments, participation during group activities, group work, and projects. 

ð Work Problems will be given on most days and will be checked for completion. The work problems are designed to allow a student to practice and/or reinforce a concept.  These are necessary for students to complete so that he has the skills to discuss the mathematics in the problems. If a student does not complete his homework to the satisfaction of the instructor, he will be asked to attend ICU to complete the assignment and possible parent contact will be made.

ð Extra Practice Problems will also be assigned when work problems are assigned.  These are designed to further reinforce the concepts covered in the work problems.  

ð There will be a great deal of group collaboration in this course. Group and individual grades will be given during group settings. Partner and group quizzes will be given and the grade will be part of the other work grade.

 

Make-Up Work Policy

ð Make-up work will be accepted for excused absences only.

ð When a student is absent it is his responsibility to get the missed work and to show the attendance excuse to Coach Wright.

ð Quizzes missed due to excused absences must be made up as soon as possible, but within three days of the absence.

ð Test missed due to excused absences must be made up as soon as possible, but within three days of the original date. 

ð Failure to make-up work will result in a grade of a zero.

 

Semester Grades

1st  Nine Weeks Grade- 40%

2nd Nine Weeks Grade- 40%

Semester Exam- 20% (May not exempt exam grade)

 

Make-Up Work Policy

ð Make-up work will be accepted for excused absences only.

ð When a student is absent it is his responsibility to get the missed work and to show the attendance excuse to Coach Wright

ð Quizzes missed due to excused absences must be made up as soon as possible, but within two days of the absence.

ð Test missed due to excused absences must be made up as soon as possible, but within two weeks of the original date. 

ð All math tests are to be made up in the math pod on Wednesday mornings or afternoons.  If circumstances prevent you from making up your test at one of these times, you need to speak with Coach Wright immediately.  

ð Failure to make-up work will result in a grade of a zero.

 

Respect yourself and others

Expect the best from yourself and others

Stay on task the entire class period

Praise others when they do well

Evaluate your progress and get help when you need it

Communicate with kindness

Take time to celebrate success

 

 


Overview of AP Calculus- Concept flow

1. Limits with a heavy PreCalc review (2 weeks)

2. Mechanics of Derivatives with an intense discussion about how to move from average to instantaneous rate of change and a beginning to PVA (3.5 weeks)

3. f,f’,f” with the use of many old AP questions and a more intense look of PVA

(2.5 weeks- 2 day test)

4. Tangent Line Approximation, EVT, Optimization problems (2.5 weeks-2 day test)

5. Implicit Differentiation, Inverse Derivatives and Related Rates (2weeks- 2 day test)

*** Semester Exam- 2 weeks

14.5 Weeks

 

6. Mechanics of Integration with a beginning look at differential equations (2 weeks- 1 day test)

7. Separable Differential Equations, Growth Models and Slope Fields (2.5 weeks-2 day test)

8. Numerical Approximation using Riemann Sums and Trapezoidal approximation leading up to the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, accumulator functions, theorems about definite integrals and average value (3 weeks- 2 day test)

9. Area between curves, volume of a known cross section and volume by revolution (3weeks- 2 day test)

10. Review using workbook or review materials (Rest of the year)

11. Mock Exam and discussion of mock exam (During March)

 

 

SATURDAY STUDY SESSIONS

 

The following dates are our scheduled Saturday Study Sessions

  • November 7, 2015

     

  • April 2, 2016

     

  • April 23, 2016

The Study sessions will be held at Gaston High School

Students who participate will receive 50 Bonus Points

 

 

 

 

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