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. Live classes are scheduled twice a week on ZOOM, with the first class consisting of a lecture introducing new material and the second designed for students to solve problems based on weekly assignments and the concepts learned in the lecture.

  • Live classes will be held from 2-3 p.m. Eastern on Mondays and Fridays.

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

  • This AP Calculus class is College Board-approved.

 

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

 

FLEXIBILITY AND COLLABORATION

Each week, a summary of concepts will be posted in the online classroom along with links to helpful websites and videos related to the topics.

  • There is a wealth of material on calculus on the internet, and the instructor will provide a curated list to save student time and maximize productivity.

  • Since Calculus BC is taught at the pace of a college course, students will want to access their online classroom daily and complete their homework assignments daily in order to stay on track. 

In twice-a-week live classes, students will be able to ask and respond to questions--exposing them to points of view they may not have considered before. In a high-level math class such as Calculus BC, a lot of the learning takes place while working on the problem sets. Having the proper problem-solving skills (in addition to knowing the theorems and definitions) will contribute greatly to student success and enjoyment of the subject matter.

  • During the live sessions, students will work on problems they encounter during the week, and the instructor will present problem solving approaches that will help minimize computational error and maximize computational efficiency.

  • Students will be interacting with their classmates during the live sessions as well as in text-based online forums in their Blue Tent classroom. In those forums, students can post questions about reading assignments or homework, answer other students’ questions, or post solutions to problems.

  • The instructor will be available throughout each week, during live sessions, within the forums, and via email.

 

A RANGE OF PRINT AND DIGITAL RESOURCES

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

  • This is an excellent AP Calculus text. The instructor has collected numerous calculus textbooks over the years, and most of the time, high school AP courses use a popular college textbook and adapt it for use in an AP Calculus class.

    • This textbook is designed specifically for the AP curriculum framework and exam, and it also provides AP-style problems relevant to each chapter.

    • Mr. Larson’s explanations are always clear and the organization of his textbooks are uniformly stellar.

  • A hard-copy of the textbook is available to be checked out free of charge through the Blue Tent OnLoan program.

A variety of print and digital resources will be used during the year.

  • The Enhanced WebAssign ebook includes on-the-spot interactive features such as Read It links and Master It tutorials. It also provides a Personal Study Plan framework that will let students use chapter assessments to gauge their mastery of the material and generate individualized study plans that include online, interactive multimedia resources.

  • Dr. Chung’s prep book offers additional problems that will be assigned as practice, but these will not be graded.

 

The Calculus BC instructor, Shin Yen, has successfully taught Calculus to many bright students over the years, and she looks forward to working with future students to help them develop and expand their math proficiency!

 

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