AP Calculus Syllabus

AP Calculus


OBJECTIVE:  In this course you will study limits, derivatives, and integrals, and applications of all these ideas at a strenuous pace. Your study will be based on a balanced approach. You will be asked to solve graphically, support numerically, confirm analytically, and solve algebraically, all while applying calculus to problem situations. Since the ultimate goal is to earn a high grade on the AP Exam, the AP website will be a major resource during this course (http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/home).


TEXT: The text you will be using is CALCULUS- Graphical, Numerical, and Algebraic. By combining the appropriate use of technology with standard “pencil and paper” analytical techniques this text provides a balanced approach to the study and implementation of calculus. Books must be covered throughout the school year. TI-Nspire CX CAS calculators will be issued with the books.


GRADING POLICY: Since practice is the best way to master a skill, in-class work days paired with homework will be stressed in this course. A three ring binder is required so that you can keep your work labeled and organized.  Your grade will be based on points earned on hand-in problems, in-class assignments, weekly cumulative assessments, and tests. A cumulative final exam will count one-fifth of your semester grade. Since your grade should be a reflection of what you, not what your peers, have learned, cheating will not be tolerated. If you are caught cheating on homework or an evaluation you will receive a zero for that grade. The grading scale is as follows:         93-100% is an A, 85-92% is a B, 77-84% is a C, 70-76% is a D, and below 70% is failing. It is your responsibility to monitor your grade in this course on the Sapphire Portal.

 All work in this course must be done in pencil! There will be no exceptions!


GETTING HELP:   The pace of this course will be strenuous and some of the concepts will be difficult so I encourage you to see me for clarification or additional help when needed.


ABSENCES AND MAKING UP WORK: If you are in school any part of the day but will not be in class you must see urn in assignments due that day and get the assignment for the following day. If you will be missing class for a field trip, sports, band, or chorus you are expected to get your work in advance and to get the notes so that you can come to class prepared the following day. In the event that you are absent from school, you will have the same number of days to make-up work that you were absent. If you are absent on the day of a quiz/test or the day before a quiz/test that was announced in advance, you must take the quiz/test the day you return. Assignments will be posted on the Sapphire Community Portal Class Page daily so that you can easily access them from home if you are not in class.


By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.

-Benjamin Franklin



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