AP® Calculus AB | 2021-22

Blue Tent Calculus AB

AP Calculus AB is a live online class for homeschoolers and for high school students who are supplementing their math skills. This year-long course covers the content equivalent to a first-semester college calculus course and is taught at a pace that is a good transition for students who have had no prior experience with AP or college-level courses. It will offer a firm foundation for the intellectual demands of future college math classes.

  • Two classes will be available each week. The first class consists of recorded instruction by the instructor, where she introduces new material that students will be learning that week.

  • The second class is a live problem session designed to help students solve problems based on the weekly assignments and concepts learned in the recorded instruction.

Class Details​​

  • AP Calculus AB is a full-year College Board-approved class. ​

  • Dates: August 16, 2021 to May 9, 2022 (the AP exam). 

    • See our FAQ for a complete list of days, times, and breaks for 2021-22.

  • Live class: Friday | 2-3 p.m. Eastern

  • Office hours: Wednesday | 2-3 p.m. Eastern (as needed)

  • Live and Recorded: All live classes will be held on Zoom. 

    • Recorded instruction opens up each Monday. Live classes are held on Fridays.

    • Optional office hours are offered on Wednesdays as needed, usually around exam time to give students extra review and more detailed feedback on problems.

    • Students who attend live Friday classes are asked to please keep their webcams on.

    • Live sessions will be recorded for those who miss classes or who prefer to watch some or all as recordings.​

  • ​For age/grade guidelines, prerequisites, and class-fit recommendations for all classes, please see our FAQ page.

Flexibility and Collaboration

Each week, the instructor will post a summary of upcoming concepts in the Blue Tent classroom, along with links to helpful websites and resources related to the topics to be covered.

  • AP Calculus AB is a college-level class, and the material will be conceptually challenging. Students will need to be disciplined about accessing the pre-recorded lessons at the beginning of each week and working through the assignments during the week in order to come prepared to the live problem session on Fridays.

  • During the live problem sessions, students will have the opportunity to ask questions about the material they covered during the week, and the instructor will present problem solving approaches relevant to each topic.

  • Students will be interacting with their classmates during live sessions as well as in discussion forums in their Blue Tent classroom. In these forums, students can post questions about reading assignments or homework, answer other students' questions, or post solutions to problems.

  • The instructor will be available to answer questions on homework assignments throughout the week via WebAssign, the discussion forums, or email.

Resources

The textbook for this class is Calculus for AP by Ron Larson and Paul Battaglia.

 

  • This is an excellent textbook designed specifically for the AP curriculum framework and exam.  While it carefully covers all the topics a calculus student will need to succeed in subsequent calculus courses, its emphasis is placed on AP exam material, and AP-style problem practices are provided in each chapter.

  • Students will be assigned weekly homework through WebAssign--an interactive platform with features such as Read It, Master It, and Watch it links that will direct students to the relevant section in the textbook (Read It), provide another version of the same problem, with step-by-step guidance (Master It), or offer a short video tutorial on the problem (Watch it).

  • An electronic version of the textbook will be available through WebAssign.

  • Through the Blue Tent OnLoan program, students can borrow a hard-copy of the class textbook for use during the year, so they can utilize both interactive and print resources in a manner that fits their needs and preferences

The AP Calculus AB instructor, Shin Yen, has successfully taught calculus to many bright students over the years, and she looks forward to working with future students to nurture their interest in mathematics and prepare them for success.