Welcome to AP Calculus
“The calculus is the greatest aid we have to the application of physical truth in the broadest sense of the word.” W F Osgood
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AP Calculus is offered to students at the 11th and 12th grade level when they have mastered Algebra, Geometry, and Pre Calculus. Students must have received a grade of 90% or higher to be eligible for the course.
What is taught:
The content taught during the course mirrors recommendations by the College Board, and reflects material commonly covered in the first two semesters of College level Calculus. It represents approximately 1/3 more than our General Calculus course. Students are expected, but not mandated, to take the AP test at the end of the course, which may qualify them for advanced placement in college.
How it will be assessed:
Students will be formatively assessed through the use of pre tests that may be performance based or more traditional, graded practice, quizzes, and summative tests at the end of units. Students will be exposed to many application-oriented activities throughout the course meant to improve mastery and retention and to show the relevance of material learned during the course. As with all courses, the overall course grade may be calculated by using the following formula:
(1st Quarter Grade + 2nd Quarter Grade + 3rd Quarter Grade + 4th Quarter Grade + (Mid Term + Final)/2) / 5 = Final Grade
Each student will be expected to achieve a passing grade. Students not meeting that requirement will be referred for additional assistance. Students must take Calculus to aid them in their future college education.
Course Graded Activities:
Students are expected to:
As a measure of students being active in their learning, some exploratory exercises will be graded, and scored based on completeness and/or quality. It is understood that when topics are introduced, the student and teacher will be working together to acquire knowledge and skills.
Practice may be guided or independent, and may take on either classwork or homework assignments. A minimum expectation is that all assigned exercises are attempted in good faith, and at least 70% be correct. Exercises that are not correct provide a rich source of material for learning to move to mastery of a topic.
Mastery will be shown via quizzes and tests. One type of quiz will come directly from student homework problems and be open notebook. (usually 15 pts – weekly). Other quizzes may be given during the course and will mostly be pre announced. (10 – 20 pts).
Tests (50 – 100 pts, 1 or 2 per quarter) are major, full period assessments, and will be modeled after the types of questions faced on the AP Exam. Students wishing to repeat a test may do so by performing further practice that will be ungraded or writing detailed explanations as to how to do the problems that they did incorrectly and then taking another form of the test again. Make ups must be taken within 2 weeks of getting back the test. Test scores will be averaged to provide a single test grade.
Though the AP Exam will be taken on May 3, students will fill out a detailed, independent study plan for the remaining time that they will be in school. This will serve as a contract and include grading for their work.
Excused absences allow for some extra time to hand in work, in accordance with the school’s policies. Late homework, and class work will not be accepted, unless because of excused absences. Quizzes and tests must be taken when the student returns to school, though if there was an excused absence, the test or quiz may be postponed the number of days equal to the absence by arrangement. The test or quiz may be different than that given originally. Extenuating circumstances will be taken into account.
You are expected to be on time, ready to learn. Unexcused absences or tardinesses will cause you to miss entire grades for assignments, which could hurt your grade one or several letter grades!
I am available for extra help by arrangement. I am extremely willing to help you be successful in any way possible, but you must ask for help outside the classroom. Avoid falling behind and feeling overwhelmed – I am here to help but can only help if I know you need it. I can make myself available before or after school as needed.
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