AP® Calculus AB | 2020-21

AP Calculus AB is a live online class for homeschoolers and for high school students who are supplementing their math skills. Live classes are scheduled twice a week on ZOOM, with the first class consisting of a lecture introducing new material and the second designed for students to solve problems based on weekly assignments and the concepts learned in the lecture.

  • Live classes will be held from 12-1 p.m. Eastern on Mondays and Fridays.

  • All live meetings will be recorded. This class can be taken live or in a recorded fashion, with students watching some or all recordings after classes have been held.

  • This AP Calculus class is College Board-approved.

 

Foundational Elements

 At the beginning of every week, the instructor will post a summary of the upcoming concepts, along with links to helpful websites and videos that specifically relate to the current week's topics.

  • Class Pacing

    • Prior to each Monday's lecture, students will have access to guided notes that outline the topics and problems that will be covered.

    • Students can view their guided notes online, access and interact with them on a tablet, or print them out and take notes on them as as they follow along with the instruction. 

    • During the Friday problem sessions, the class will work, step by step, through problems that are similar to those in the week's assignment.​ ​Seeing example problems solved and asking questions play a vital role in the learning process.

  • Office Hours and Assistance

    • While questions will be welcome at any point, the second meeting during each week is designed to be more interactive than the instructional class on Monday, with much more time for students to participate--asking and answering questions. Unresolved issues raised in the weekly discussion forums in the Blue Tent classroom can also be addressed in the live Friday meetings.

    • Office hours will be available and encouraged to help students with individual issues that arise during any given week. One-on-one assistance will help keep the lectures and problem sessions focused, productive, and timely in their duration.

    • Students will have the opportunity to interact with each other not only during live sessions, but also in discussion forums in their online Moodle classroom, asking and answering questions about the lecture, textbook sections, or homework. 

 

Print and Digital

The class will be using the Calculus for AP ebook by Ron Larson and Paul Battaglia. This is an excellent, time-tested textbook that is designed specifically for the AP curriculum framework and exam.  Larson texts are uniformly well regarded for their clear organization and explanations.

 

  • Aligned Interactive Resources

    • The ebook has a variety of helpful features, such as Read It links, Master It tutorials, and a Personal Study Plan. These will help students gauge their mastery of the material and tailor individualized study plans. 

    • Interactive links within the ebook offer supplementary tutorial instruction that can be called on if needed.

    • The Blue Tent OnLoan program provides students with access to a free, borrowed hard-copy of the class textbook for the year, so students can utilize interactive and print resources in a manner that fits their needs and preferences.

  • GeoGebra

    • The class will also be using various online applications, such as a graphing calculator app as well as GeoGebra, which will help students visualize math concepts.

AP Calculus AB--which is equivalent to a first-semester college calculus course--will offer a firm foundation for the intellectual demands of future college-level math classes. Serving up a variety of tools and resources, the instructor will partner with each student to help them develop a firm foundation in Calculus and set them up to excel on the AP exam!

 

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