# 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