AP Calculus AB is a year-long Advanced Placement high school course designed to cover the material typically presented in the first semester of a 3 semester college Calculus series. The opportunity exists for students to earn college credit for the course upon passing the Advanced Placement Exam administered in May.
In this course students will become familiar with the two main branches of Calculus, differentiation and integration, along with additional topics such as limits, numerical approximations, and mathematical modeling. Emphasis is on conceptual understanding and real-world application. A strong foundation in pre-calculus mathematics is required as students will need to work with polynomial, logarithmic, exponential, rational, and trigonometric functions on a daily basis within a Calculus context. Technology is relied upon heavily to investigate concepts and perform computations, so each student must have a graphing calculator at his or her disposal. At the conclusion of the course, it is expected that each student will register for and take the College Board’s AP Exam.
This is a yearlong course consisting of 9 units. Upon successful completion students will receive 1 credit towards high school graduation.
Purpose of the Course
AP Calculus AB is designed to promote students’ understanding of calculus through a multi-representational approach, focusing on graphical, numerical, analytical and verbal expressions of the calculus concepts.
Student should have earned a C or higher in both semesters of Precalculus.
Required Course Materials
Please access the list of course materials from the OC Online book ordering system and order your materials as soon as possible. Oftentimes, course materials are on back order and you may experience a delay in receiving them, causing students to fall behind in their online coursework. When ordering used or rented materials, be careful that online access codes are also current.
Methods of Instruction
Methods of Evaluation
Students will demonstrate mastery through the following formative and summative assessments: