Back-to-School Night Council Rock High School - SOUTH 2008-2009

AP Calculus AB
Course Description
Welcome to the wonderful world of AP Calculus AB – the mathematics of Sir Isaac Newton and Gottfried Willhelm Leibniz, of Physicists, Einstein, Engineers and Economists. AP Calculus is the course which brings all of your last five years of Algebra, Geometry and Trig together. Don’t be intimidated, because with my guidance and your determination, this course is very manageable – and will be the summit of all your perseverance. The following is a description of the course, my expectations and some of the important policies and procedures for the year. This course is designed to provide a strong foundation in Calculus concepts, techniques, and applications to prepare students for more advanced work in mathematics, and in particular for the AP Calculus AB examination. The topics to be studied include a review of necessary algebra and trigonometry skills, limits, differentiation and integration. The use of technological tools will be integrated into the course work throughout the year. [The recommended calculator at this time is the Texas Instrument TI-83 plus or TI-84 plus, Regular or Silver model] The material presented is essentially equivalent to about two semesters of college Calculus. Depending on the AP exam score, and the standards set by individual colleges, the student can earn about 4 college credits. Course Coverage Semester One: Chapter 1:  An Introduction to Limits  Techniques for Evaluating Limits  Infinite Limits  The Derivative/Tangent Line Problem  Product & Quotient Rules  Implicit Differentiation  Extrema on an Interval  Rolle’s Theorem/Mean Value Theorem  Increasing/Decreasing Functions  Differentials & Slope Fields  Properties of Limits  Continuity and One-Sided Limits  Differentiation Rules/Rates of Change  The Chain Rule  Related Rates  Summary of Curve Sketching  Optimization Problems  Concavity  Limits at Infinity

Chapter 2:

Chapter 3:

Semester Two: Chapter 4:  Antiderivative/Indefinite Integration  Area  Riemann Sums/Definite Integrals  Natural Log Function/Differentiation  Natural Log Function/Integration  Inverse Functions  Exponential Functions  Area of a Region between Two Curves  Volume: The Disc Method  Basic Integration Rules  Integration By Parts  Fundamental Theorem of Calculus  Integration by Substitution  Numerical Integration  Bases other than e/Applications  Differential Equations: Growth/Decay  Inverse Trig Functions/Differentiation  Inverse Trig Functions/Integration  Volume: The Shell Method  Partial Fractions  Indeterminate Forms/L'Hôpital's Rule

Chapter 5:

Chapter 6: Chapter 7:

 Trigonometric Integrals

 Improper Integrals

Attendance: Success in the course is ensured only if you are present for the vast majority of the lessons. Although much of what is taught and developed in class can be found in the textbook, there is a significant number of topics, problems and concepts that are not. Nothing can ever fully replace the experience of being there. The student is responsible for procuring all missed notes from a partner in class, and acquiring any missed handouts from the teacher. The student is responsible for making up all missed homework, quizzes or tests in a prompt fashion. The school attendance policy will be strictly adhered to, and a student may lose credit for the course even if he/she has a passing grade - based on excessive missed days. Homework: Insofar as this is an AP level course, homework is viewed as the responsibility of the student. In most instances the instructor will NOT check the assignment on a daily basis, unless it becomes evident that the students are NOT living up to expectations. The recommendation and expectation of the instructor is that all students complete about 45 minutes of work per day outside of class. Of course, students with extraordinary interest in a topic or struggling with an exceptional problem might spend more time on occasion. The students are expected to be able to do any and all of the assigned problems from a section. Depending on the developing level of skill, insight and ability, different students may focus on different clusters of problems. Promptness: Students are to be present in class on time. That is defined as being in the room and ready to learn BEFORE the bell rings. If this becomes a problem, it will be addressed. Participation: Each student is a part of a learning community. Students may participate in a number of ways. First of all, students can put up selected problems on the board that have been requested by their peers. Quiet and shy students can really take advantage of this. Also, students should all try to engage in the discussion of new topics, deepening of concepts and exploration of the most puzzling problems. The class is often run from a discussion format, where the students help construct the knowledge. All students should at a minimum, be attentive and TAKING NOTES on all of the goings on. Attitude: Aside from the obvious positive attitude that the student should display in class, and the respect that we all will show each other, the student’s attitude really matters when the going gets tough. What the student does in the face of adversity is what will determine eventual long-term success. Plain and simple, this course will be one that challenges all students at so many points – especially those who have gotten by on sheer natural ability in past courses. Do not ever let your guard down or get lulled into a false sense of security, as the course is sometimes deceivingly intuitive and simple. Yet in reality it is not – especially the unit tests. When things get tough, I will be there to help you. You need to seek that help and make an honest effort to turn the ship around. Often this is a slow, painstaking process – and not one with immediate results – so a certain tenacity and spirit needs to reside within the student. Clinic: I am completely available and eager to work with students nearly ever day after school, except a few days each month – where I have a either a Math Department Meeting, a Building Coordinators Meeting or one of two faculty meetings. These meetings usually fall on the first and second Wednesday of the month as well as the first and second Monday. Even on those days, I can usually be available around 3:10 if a student is still in the building. Sometimes students seek help in other subjects on those days, and then come to me. Please come with specific problems of concern, from the homework or from past tests. Students who REGULARY address their problems have shown to improve in the long-term. Clinic is NOT a substitute for active engagement in class or independent work at home. Students have often formed study groups, and found it very rewarding when cooperatively working together. Tests and Quizzes: All formal assessments will be confirmed at least 2 days in advance. Smaller “pop – quizzes” could and will occur at any time, and generally are used to ensure that you are keeping up with the work. All of your thinking, and procedural work is part of your compete response to questions. Partial credit is often available, even when the final response is incorrect. Likewise, full credit is only possible when supporting work is present. Grading: Your grade for each marking period will be determined by a point system. The sources will generally be: Major Units Tests (100 to 200 points each): There will be about 2-3 units per marking period. Unit tests will be the most challenging form of assessment, and will push the student to the limit. Quizzes (10-50 points each): Each chapter/unit will have about 4-8 quizzes, which will address a smaller portion of the material. Quizzes will only take a portion of the period. Some may only be a brief 5-10 minute “warm-up” quiz.

Take-home Assignments (30-40 points each): Each chapter/unit will provide the student with some opportunity to gain credit for doing some at home assessment(s). Often this assignment will be due on the day of the unit test, and is a form of a take-home test. Each marking period will amass between 500 and 1000 points, and the percentages will be generally followed as such: 90-100: A 80-89: B 70-79: C 60-69: D Below 60: F

Plus (+) and Minus (-) grades are used to show particular strength or weakness relative to the adjacent grade. There is no set numerical grade that warrants awarding of the plus or minus. The idea is that with just a little more work, the student can easily raise the “plus grade” to the next letter. Conversely, with an unfortunate let down in work, the student could see the “minus grade” fall to the next lower level. Students who are earning an “F” or “D” need to seek immediate help. Expect that two-way parental communication will begin, to ensure that all interested parties can do whatever is possible to get the student back on track in a timely manner. Students are encouraged to be the first line of communication to home. Parents should feel free to inquire often if they are so inclined - or office: 215.944.1153. Classroom Etiquette/CR-South Building Policies Attitude: Please be respectful to others and treat them as you would want to be treated. Offensive language and inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated. Lateness to School/Class: Students are required to be in school, in each classroom and homeroom by the ringing of the bell to begin school, class or homeroom. Please secure a pass if you are going to be late because of extenuating circumstances. Student Attire: This is a climate controlled building and the student dress policy does not permit tank tops, spaghetti straps, clothing with offensive messages, excessively short skirts/shorts or clothing that exposes the midriff. If you constantly have to pull shirts/blouses down or pants up to keep your midriff covered - the outfit does not meet dress code requirements and you need to adapt accordingly. If your attire has a hood - the hood must be worn in the down position. Please do not wear pajamas or slippers to school. All shirts must have a sleeve. Clothing items that have been purposely torn are not permitted. Food/Drink outside of the cafeteria: Please keep any food or drink you brought to school for lunch in your locker or book bag until you go to lunch. This includes water bottles. (Please see the school nurse for extenuating medical needs.) Students may ask the classroom teacher for a hall pass if there is a need to get a drink of water. CD/MP3 players/radios: Students are allowed to bring these items to school but once here they must be turned off and kept out of sight. Walkmans may only be operated before and after the school day. Cell phones: Students are allowed to bring these items to school but once here they must be turned off and kept out of sight. Cell phones may only be operated before and after the school day. You are not permitted to use cell phones in the classrooms, cafeteria, bathrooms, or hallways during the school day. AB vs. BC: So what is the big deal or difference about being in AP Calculus AB vs. BC?       The number of topics: AB: Chapter 1-7 ; BC: Chapter 1-9 BC: More of a proof focus Pacing AB: Increased homework review and practice AB and BC test are 80% identical AB = College Calculus I and II; BC = College Calculus I, II and III

Interim Reports* / End of Marking Period* / Report Card Distribution October 10/ November 07 / November 21 December 12 / January 28 / February 11 March 04 / April 03 / April 24 May 13 / T.B.D. / T.B.D. *Students will be given a computer generated printout showing his/her scores, the points possible, and the class average for each evaluation as well as the overall class results. Other Dates of Note September 26 : Registration deadline for November S.A.T. I and S.A.T. II exams October 4 : S.A.T. I and S.A.T. II exams at Council Rock November 5 : Registration deadline for December S.A.T. I and S.A.T. II exams November 01 : S.A.T. I and S.A.T. II exams December 06 : S.A.T. I and S.A.T. II exams at Council Rock December 04 : Financial Aid Night December 26 : Registration deadline for January S.A.T. I and S.A.T. II exams January 15 : Program Planning for next year's course selections January 24 : S.A.T. I and S.A.T. II exams at Council Rock March 31 : Registration deadline for May S.A.T. I and S.A.T. II exams May 05 : Registration Deadline for June S.A.T. I and S.A.T. II exams May 02 : S.A.T. I and S.A.T. II exams at Council Rock June 06 : S.A.T. I and S.A.T. II exams at Council Rock Thank you for taking the time to attend Back-to-School Night. Have a pleasant evening and a safe drive home! Respectfully,

Keith D. Anthony Mathematics Department Assistant Coordinator Council Rock High School South

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