AP® Calculus BC | Traditional | 2021-22

Blue Tent Calculus BC

AP Calculus BC | Traditional is a live online class for homeschoolers and for high school students who are supplementing their math skills. This class is taught at the pace of a two-semester college course and is meant for students who have a very strong math background and who are disciplined enough to take on the challenges of this rigorous class. 


Up to three 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 an optional live office hour offered mid-week on Wednesdays for those students who need more individual help.

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

Class Details

  • AP Calculus BC | Traditional is a full-year College Board-approved class.

    • This class will cover the content of AP Calculus BC in the traditional College Board structure: AP Calculus AB in the first semester and AP Calculus BC in the second semester.

    • If you have already completed Calculus AB, consider our AP Calculus BC | Extended course.

  • 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 | 12-1 p.m. EST

  • Office hours: Wednesday | 12-1 p.m. EST (as needed)

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

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

    • Optional office hours are offered on Wednesdays as needed.

    • 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.


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


Flexibility and Collaboration

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


  • AP Calculus BC | Traditional is taught at the pace of a college course. Students will need to be disciplined about accessing the instructor's 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.

  • Recorded instruction will open up each Monday, and live problem sessions will be held on Fridays. Live office hours are offered on Wednesdays as needed, usually around exam time to give students extra review and more detailed feedback on problems.

    • This 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.

  • Most student/teacher interaction takes place in problem sessions, and the live meetings on Friday 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 their Blue Tent classroom. In the class 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 each week via WebAssign, on the discussion forums, or via 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 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 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.