AP Calculus BC

1 Year
Grade Level (s):
Note: AP Calculus AB with a minimum of B- OR Calculus with a minimum B+ average and teacher recommendation based on other data points

AP Calculus BC is a full-year, college level course that covers an extensive study of functions, graphs, limits, derivatives, definite integrals, polynomial approximations, and series and applications of all the above. Each of these topics is approached via the “Rule of Four”, with activities that emphasize expressing mathematics from graphical, numerical, analytical, and verbal representations. Students should be able to use technology to help solve problems, experiment, interpret results, and verify conclusions. Furthermore, they should be able to determine the reasonableness of solutions, including sign, size, relative accuracy, and units of measurement. Lastly, students should be able to develop an appreciation of calculus as a coherent body of knowledge and as a human accomplishment. The second semester will focus on problem based learning, with students engaging in real-life applications of mathematics. A TI-84 or N-Spire CX CAS calculator is required for this course. Students enrolled will be expected to take the College Board AP exam in May.