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Mathematics Department » AP CALCULUS



#454      AP CALCULUS      Level: H      NCAA Approved
Grades: 11-12       Elective        Year Long     Credit: 1

To continue in the honors program a student is required to successfully complete Honors Pre-Calculus with a grade of “B”. To transfer into the honors program, a student must attain an “A” in Pre-Calculus as the final grade, and the recommendation of the Pre-Calculus teacher.

This course is designed to provide an advanced level of mathematics that is comparable to calculus courses in colleges and universities. It is expected that students who take an AP course in calculus will seek college credit, college placement, or both from institutions of higher learning.

Calculus enables the mathematician to solve many problems that Algebra alone cannot solve. Calculus is the mathematics of change-velocities and accelerations. Calculus is also the mathematics of tangent lines, slopes, areas, volumes, arc angles, centroids, curvatures, and a variety of other concepts that have enabled scientists, engineers, and economists to model real life situations. In this course, differential and integral calculus will be covered with an emphasis on limits.

Success in AP Calculus is closely tied to the preparation students have had in courses leading up to their AP courses. Students should have demonstrated mastery of material from courses covering the equivalent of four full years of high school mathematics before attempting calculus. This material includes, but is not limited to, algebra, geometry, coordinate geometry, trigonometry, and logarithms.

All students must complete a prerequisite assignment before the first day of class. Grades will be assigned based on daily activities, homework, notebook, projects, quizzes, and tests. All students will be required to take the AP Exam, a final exam may be given at the discretion of the teacher.