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. Two classes will be available each week. The first class consists of recorded lectures 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 lecture.

  • Recorded lectures will open up each Monday, and live classes will be held from 2-3 p.m. Eastern on Fridays.

    • This combination of recorded lectures and live interaction gives students more flexibility and permits the instructor to go into more detail than a one-hour lecture would allow.

    • Most student/teacher interaction typically takes place in problem sessions, and the live meetings on Friday are a key component of the class.

  • A full-year class: August-May. See our FAQ for complete dates.

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

  • The class is College Board-approved.

AP Calculus AB is a year-long course that covers the content equivalent to a first-semester college calculus course. This pace is a good transition for students who have had no prior experience with AP or college-level courses. This class will offer a firm foundation for the intellectual demands of future college math classes.


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.



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.


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