Course: AP Caluclus


    Course Description

    The course emphasis is a multirepresentational approach to calculus, with concepts, results and problems being expressed geometrically, numerically, analytically and verbally.  The connections among these representations are important.  Technology is used regularly by students and teacher to reinforce the relationships among the multiple representations of functions, to confirm written work, to implement experimentation, and to assist in interpreting results.  Through the use of unifying themes such as derivative, integrals, limits, approximation, applications and modeling the course becomes a cohesive whole rather than a collection of unrelated topics. Students will be prepared to take the AP Calculus AB test given the first week in May.  If a student would like to do some independent study they could be prepared to take the AP Calculus BC test instead.  No new material is covered third trimester.  It is all review for the AP Test which cost about $87.


    Materials Required

                Notebook (3-ring binder, 3 dividers and white, lined paper)

                Pencil and Eraser

    Textbook, Calculus of a Single Variable, 7th edition, Larson, Hostetler and Edwards (covered)

    ISBN:  0-618-14916-3

                Graphing Calculator (required) may be borrowed from the school with a signed contract

    These materials must be brought to class EVERY DAY!

    No Hats, Food, Drink or Cell phones in class!


    Academic Evaluation

    Tests/Notebooks:    55% of final grade. 

          Tests:  One test per chapter, worth 100 points.  If a student is absent the day of a test they will take the test the day they return to class during class time.  If a student does not perform at the level they wanted a retake is available with the following stipulations:  correction have been made on the original test, the student schedules the retake within one week for during FLEX or before or after school.  Only one retake allowed per chapter. 

          Notebook:  There will be two notebook checks one at midterm and one at the end of the term.  Notebooks must be a three-ring binder with three dividers.  The dividers are to be labeled, Notes, Assignments, and Quizzes/Tests/Projects.  Students’ notes and assignments must be on white, lined, hole-punched paper (no spiral edges).  Each check is worth 50 points.


    Quizzes/Projects:   10% of final grade. 

          Quizzes:  Quizzes will be given one to four times per unit.  There are 24 points possible but will be counted out of 20 points.

          Projects:  There will be one to five projects per trimester.  They will be done outside of class time.  The projects will have exact due dates.     


    Assignments:         20% of final grade

          Assignments are to be labeled by the section they cover and will be given daily.  Students are expected to copy the problems from the book and show all work.  Assignments that are not completed in class must be completed at home as homework.  The following day several questions will be answered and the assignment will be turned in.  To be successful in mathematics it should be a daily practice. 1 point deduction for an assignment turned in up to 6 school days late and a 2 point deduction for assignments turned after 6 school days.  


    Bell Ringer:           5% of final grade.

          As students come into class there will be problems/questions on the board.  These questions are to be copied and answered on their weekly assignment sheets and will be collected every Friday at the end of class.  The students will have at least one minute after the tardy bell to complete the problems.  They will then have the opportunity to ask question and correct their solution if necessary.  If a student is absent it is their responsibility to get the problems from someone else, if you want to make up the points. 


    Participation:         10% of final grade. 

          A student is given 100 points at the beginning of the trimester.  To keep the points they must be in class daily, on time and prepared.  A student will loose 20 points for each unverified absence or sluff, and 3 points for each tardy.  Students with excessive verified absences (more than 6 in a trimester) will loose 10 points per verified absence above 6.  A student cannot go negative.  Students that are tardy three or fewer times will receive 10 points bonus.  Students that are absent two or fewer times will also receive an additional 10 points bonus.


    Grade Scale

    92-100 A
    89-91 A-
    87-88 B+
    82-86 B
    79-81 B-
    76-78 C+
    70-75 C
    68-69 C-
    66-67 D+
    60-65 D
    55-59 D-
    0-54 F






    If you have a disability that may require accommodations, i.e. modifications in testing, assignments, grading, etc., please contact me immediately.  Accommodations will be made for all students with documented disabilities.


    E-Mail Progress Reports

    It is the parent’s responsibility to sign on to powerschool and set the frequency they would like to receive e-mail notifications from the school. 



    Student:  You are invited and encouraged to discuss your progress with me before or after class.  If you need extra help, please try and utilize the FLEX period by being in a math study hall (if you want in mine please register for AP Math Study Hall), but you may also make arrangements for extra help before or after school from me.

    Parent:    You are encouraged to look at, and discuss your child’s math notebook with them often.  You are also encouraged to discuss your child’s progress with me.  Please call the school or e-mail to make an appointment.  Please watch for progress reports, they will be sent home with the student after every test.


    Study Suggestion

    Success in this course depends on keeping up with the course work, doing all the assigned homework problems on time and then thinking about what you have done.  Never be satisfied with doing the arithmetic correctly, always ask yourself what the concept presented was, and did you understand it.  Address any problems to me immediately so we can correct them.  Furthermore, find a friend or friends in the class whom you can work and study with.  

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