AP Calculus AB/BC Syllabus
Welcome to AP Calculus! This course is a key component in your mathematics foundation. It is a gateway to nearly all fields of higher mathematics and serves as a powerful tool in many other fields as well. Your success in AP Calculus depends on your willingness to be challenged and on how well you develop the self discipline to complete your work, turn it in on time, and ask questions when you do not understand. I expect your best effort at all times. If you do this, we will have a great year!
loose leaf paper
*TI 84 Plus graphing calculator
*TI 89 Titanium graphing calculator
batteries for calculator (4-AAA for each calculator)
*These calculators are available to check out from the library/teacher. You will be required to supply the batteries.
Unit P: Preparation for Calculus
Unit 1: Limits and Their Properties
Unit 2: Differentiation
Unit 3: Applications of Differentiation
Unit 4: Integration
Unit 5: Logarithmic, Exponential, and Other Transcendental Functions
Unit 6: Differential Equations
Unit 7: Applications of Integration
**Unit 8: Integration Techniques, L'Hopital's Rule, and Improper Integrals
**Unit 9: Infinite Series
**Unit 10: Conics, Parametric Equations, and Polar Coordinates
**Unit 11: Vectors and the Geometry of Space
**Unit 12: Vector-Valued Functions
**BC Topic Only
Your six weeks average will be determined using the following system:
Daily Average: 40%
Major Work Average: 60%
Daily grades include: Major work grades include:
1. Homework assignments 1. Exams
2. In-class assignments 2. Project
4. Lab activities
5. Check grades
6. Notebook grade
Most homework will receive a numerical grade. Some, however, may receive a check grade. Check grades are a means of checking how much effort that you put into an assignment. I will check to see that the majority of the problems have been attempted, and provided that the assignment had been turned in promptly, the student will receive a check. I will also use check grades as a means of keeping track of which students have turned in their progress reports, graphing calculator contracts, and other various forms. I will do a textbook and graphing calculator inspection each six weeks to insure that each student has the text and calculator issued to him/her and will document this with a check. Check grades are assigned as follows:
√ indicates all problems were attempted and assignment completed on time
- assignment partially completed or late
Ø indicates the assignment was missing or less than half of the problems were attempted
These check grades will accumulate into 1 daily grade. At the end of the six weeks, a student will have a 100 if there were no –‘s or Ø’s. Each – will count off 2 points and each Ø will count off 4 points.
Short quizzes, in-class assignments, lab activities, and notebooks will also receive numerical grades and count as daily grades. And, as mentioned earlier, most homework will also receive a numerical daily grade.
For example Student Q has the following daily grades:
To find student Q’s daily average, add the numerical grades.
92 + 95 + 80 + 87 + 90 + 93 + 89 + 90 + 92 = 808
Take 8 points off of 100 (two –‘s and one Ø), and use this once.
808 + 92 = 900
Now divide by 10 (9 numerical grades and 1 check grade).
900 / 10 = 90
Student Q’s daily average would be a 90.
Late work is highly discouraged! I will follow the district guidelines for late work. See your student handbook for details. If you are going to miss school because of an extracurricular event, your homework is due the day you get back. If you are going to miss a test, prior arrangements should be made.
THESE RULES, ALONG WITH ALL SCHOOL RULES, WILL BE OBSERVED IN THE CLASSROOM.
1. Be seated and ready to work when the tardy bell rings and remain seated throughout the period unless given permission to do otherwise.
2. Show respect for all school personnel, self, and others. (No talking back and no profane or abusive language.)
3. Bring all required supplies to class. (Text, notebook, paper, pencil, calculator, ruler, and whatever else I tell you).
4. Remain attentive and alert. (Class participation is expected at all times!)
CONSEQUENCES FOR MISBEHAVIOR
First Minor Offense---------------------------Warning
Second Minor Offense------------------------Detention
Third Minor Offense--------------------------Detention and Parent Notified
Fourth Minor Offense-------------------------Office Referral
Major Offense--------------------------------Office Referral
Because of the nature of an advanced course, it is imperative that you “keep up” in this class. You are expected to do your own work and to do it well. As stated earlier, your success in AP Calculus depends on your willingness to be challenged and on how well you develop the self discipline to complete your work, turn it in on time, and ask questions when you do not understand. I expect your best effort at all times. If you do this, we will have a great year!