AP® Calculus BC | 2020-21

AP Calculus BC 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 a recorded lecture where the instructor introduces new material that students will be learning that week, and the second is a live problem session designed to help students solve problems based on the weekly assignments and concepts learned in the lecture.

  • The recorded class will open up each Monday, and the live class will be held from 12-1 p.m. Eastern on Fridays.

  • All live meetings will be held on ZOOM and will be recorded.

  • Students have the flexibility and choice to attend the live Friday classes or watch the recordings of those after they have been completed.

  • This AP Calculus class is College Board-approved.

  • Registration opens March 1, 2020.

 

AP Calculus BC is a year-long course that covers the content roughly equivalent to a full-year college calculus course.  The course covers the content in AP Calculus AB in the first semester and AP Calculus BC in the second semester. The main components of Calculus BC are advanced integration techniques, sequences and series, and polynomial approximations.  Calculus BC also extends all the content learned in Calculus AB to different types of equations (polar, parametric and vector-valued).

 

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 BC is taught at the pace of a college course. Students will need to be disciplined about accessing the instructor's recorded lectures 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 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.

 

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 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.

  • The Blue Tent OnLoan program offers students a loaned hard-copy of the class textbook for use during the year, so students can utilize 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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