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AP Calculus at WFHS

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Calculus is fundamentally different from the mathematics that you have studied previously. Calculus is less static and more dynamic. It is concerned with changes and motion; it deals with quantities that approach other quantities. Calculus is ALGEBRA with LIMITS! Sir Isaac Newton invented his version of calculus in order to explain the motion of planets around the Sun.

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Calculus is used in... © J Pavlicek (2007)

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... calculating the orbits of satellites and spacecraft

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... estimating how fast petroleum prices rise

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... forecasting weather

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... measuring the cardiac output of the heart

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... calculating insurance premiums

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... determining water flow efficiency in turbines at a hydroelectric plant

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... calculating when a pilot must begin descent to a runway

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... explaining the curvature of a rainbow.

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Who should take AP Calculus? Students planning to major in mathematics, engineering, or a science Business majors Students who enjoy mathematics.

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What is AP? Advanced Placement Curriculum determined by College Board 35 subject areas in 20 disciplines 1.2 million students (25,000 high schools) 2.1 million examinations 3,500 colleges Access to high quality education Accelerates learning (challenging and stimulating) Rewards achievement

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Why take Advanced Placement? Colleges like to see it on your transcript You can enter college with college credit Graduate from college in 4 yrs vs. 5 yrs Graduate from college early (<4 years) University privileges (course registration, parking, housing selection) Save money !!

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AP Calculus An AP course in calculus consists of a full high school academic year of work that is comparable to calculus courses in colleges and universities. It is expected that students who take an AP course in calculus will seek college credit, college placement, or both, from institutions of higher learning. AP Calculus is intended to be challenging and demanding. Both the AB and BC courses require a similar depth of understanding of topics. Calculus BC includes all topics covered in Calculus AB plus additional topics. The AP Calculus Development Committee recommends that calculus should be taught as a college-level course. Students who take an AP Calculus course should do so with the intention of placing out of a comparable college calculus course. This may be done through the AP Exam, a college placement exam, or any other method employed by the college. apcentral.collegeboard.com

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AP Calculus AB Equivalent to the first semester of the college calculus sequence – Calc 1 Expect 30 – 45 minutes of homework each night. (Homework is not collected or checked, but questions will be taken.) Peer Study group important to success. Basis of grade for course is composed of quizzes and tests.

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AP Calculus AB/BC Equivalent to the first two semesters of the college calculus sequence – Calc 1 and Calc 2 Dual-Period class (two periods back-to-back) Expect 30 – 60 minutes of homework each night. (Homework is not collected or checked, but questions will be taken.) Peer Study group important to success. Basis of grade for course is composed of quizzes and tests.

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Last years average score on AP Calculus AB and BC exams was a 4+ (out of 5)... And every student in the class took the exam in May !!!

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Things to know... Expectations 1.) College-level class 2.) Preparation 3.) Attendance © J Pavlicek (2010)

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Things to know... Materials needed 1.) Textbook 2.) Notebook/pencil w/eraser 3.) Graphing Calculator © J Pavlicek (2010)

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Things to know... Help!!! 1.) Solution Guides 2.) Tutorials 3.) Study Groups 4.) Websites lbc.html?calcbc © J Pavlicek (2010)

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Things to know... Ask questions Do your homework Take complete notes/revise/review Do your homework Dont wait to get help Do your homework Set up a study group sooner than later Do your homework!!!!! © J Pavlicek (2010)

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What a parent needs to know... This is a tough class Be patient Be supportive Dont freak out when it isnt an A Trust us Feel free to contact us AP Calc AB AP Calc AB/BC © J Pavlicek (2010)

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