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Advanced Placement Calculus AB (#1202310)

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Advanced Placement Calculus AB

Placement Consideration:

Before studying calculus, all students should complete the equivalent of four years of secondary mathematics designed for college-bound students: courses that should prepare them with a strong foundation in reasoning with algebraic symbols and working with algebraic structures. Prospective calculus students should take courses in which they study algebra, geometry, trigonometry, analytic geometry, and elementary functions. These functions include linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, inverse trigonometric, and piecewise-defined functions. In particular, before studying calculus, students must be familiar with the properties of functions, the composition of functions, the algebra of functions, and the graphs of functions. Students must also understand the language of functions (domain and range, odd and even, periodic, symmetry, zeros, intercepts, and descriptors such as increasing and decreasing). Students should also know how the sine and cosine functions are defined from the unit circle and know the values of the trigonometric functions at the numbers 0, ,,, 6432 ππππ , and their multiples. Students who take AP Calculus BC should have basic familiarity with sequences and series, as well as some exposure to parametric and polar equations.



Next Course in Progression:
AP Calculus BC, AP Stats
Other Information:

College Board course exam and description located here.

Approved Resources:

Approved resources are selected from the Example Textbook List on the course audit page located here:

Course Description:

AP Calculus AB is a course designed to offer students college level mathematics under the guidelines of the Advanced Placement Program. Topics shall include, but not limited to, elementary functions, hyperbolic functions, limits and continuity, derivatives, differentiation including partial differentiation, applications of the derivative, anti-derivatives, definite integrals, indeterminate forms, and applications of the integral. The student enrolled in this course will be expected to take the Advanced Placement Examination in Calculus AB.