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This live online AP Calculus BC class is for high school homeschoolers as well as other high school students who are supplementing their math skills.

  • The instructor, Shin Yen, has taught AP Calc BC for many years, and in 2023, 86% of her students earned a 5, and 96% earned a 4 or a 5 on the AP Calculus BC exam.

 

 College Board has designed this year-long class to cover the content of AP Calculus AB in the first semester and the content of AP Calculus BC in the second semester and is taught at the pace of a two-semester college course. It is designed for students with a very strong math background since it will require discipline to take on its rigor. 

There will be one or two live teacher-led meetings each week:​

  • Weekly: a live class led by the instructor and designed for active participation solving calculus problems similar to the concepts taught in the teacher-recorded instruction and practiced in the weekly assignments.​

  • Periodic: live office hours offered during exam weeks or by special request--designed to help students prepare for an upcoming chapter exam.

Class Details

  • AP Calculus BC | Traditional, full-year live class

  • Tuition & Fees:

    • Tuition: $875

    • Digital Resources Fee: $65 (includes the course ebook)

    • See all required class resources HERE.

  • Instructor: Shin Yen

  • Dates: August 19, 2024 to May 2025 (AP exam)

  • Weekly Live Classes: Fridays @ 12-1 p.m. Eastern

  • Optional Live Office Hours

    • Wednesdays @ 12-1 p.m. Eastern as needed--usually around exams to give students extra review and more detailed feedback on problems

  • Grade level: Varies | Successfully completed an Honors or AP Precalculus​ class

    • Beginning In early June, the instructor will send all registered students a questionnaire and diagnostic assessment to help them gauge whether some additional summer prep will be helpful.

    • A summer prep module will be available to students who need to refresh or reinforce necessary math concepts prior to the start of class.

  • Class size: 30

  • See our FAQ for:

    • age/grade guidelines, prerequisites, and class fit recommendations

    • a complete list of days, times, and breaks

  • Format:

    • Students share an interactive online classroom and meet live on Zoom.

    • Students who attend live classes are expected to keep their webcams on and actively participate. 

    • Live classes will be recorded for those who miss classes or prefer to watch later.

  • Average weekly time estimate: 8-10 hours, including recorded and live instruction

  • All Blue Tent live math classes are NCAA-approved.

  • This AP Calculus BC course complies with the AP course audit and has been approved by the College Board.

Class Content

This class will cover topics in both a first and second semester college calculus class:

  • Limits and their properties

  • Differentiation and applications of differentiation

  • Integration and applications of integration

  • Differential equations.

  • Advanced integration techniques, L’Hopital’s Rule and improper integrals

  • Infinite Series: Series convergence and divergence, Taylor and Maclaurin Series and polynomials.

  • Parametric equations, Polar coordinates and vectors

 

Foundational Elements

The AP Calculus BC online classroom will open each week with some combination of the following:

  • Weekly announcements 

  • One or more 20-40 minute instructor-recorded lectures for every textbook section covered that week

    • Since AP Calculus BC is taught at the pace of a college course, students will need to be disciplined about accessing the recorded instruction 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.

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

  • Additional resources will help students with the calculus content covered that week

  • Quizzes or exams, if they are scheduled for the week

  • Free response questions (FRQs)

    • Students will start learning to write answers to Free Response Questions (FRQs) from Chapter 1.

      • All FRQs are graded by the instructor (not self-graded by the students)

      • Detailed feedback is provided so the student can learn to write well-thought-out responses to FRQs. 

    • Corrections are allowed to give students an opportunity to learn from their mistakes and earn points back!

  • Live class:

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

    • 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 problems and problem-solving approaches relevant to each topic.

  • Students will be interacting with their classmates during live sessions as well as in text-based discussion forums.

    • In class forums they will 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 each week via WebAssign, discussion forums, and messaging.

    • There will also be one or more TAs available to help.

Core and Supplemental Resources

Your digital resources fee includes:

  • An ebook of Cengage's Calculus for AP, 2nd edition, by Ron Larson and Paul Battaglia.

    • This ebook is designed specifically for the AP curriculum framework and exam.

    • While it covers all the topics a calculus student will need to succeed in subsequent calculus classes, its emphasis is placed on AP exam material, and AP-style problem practices are provided in each chapter.

  • WebAssign--students will be assigned weekly homework through this homework platform. It has interactive features such as Read It, Master It, and Watch It links that will direct students to the relevant section in their ebook:

    • Read It provides another version of the same problem, with step-by-step guidance.

    • Watch It offers a short, step-by-step video tutorial on a specific problem.

    • Master it shows how to solve similar problems.

  • Optional: through the Blue Tent OnLoan program, students can borrow a hard-copy of the class text (while supplies last) for use during the year.

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

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