AP Calculus AB

Master Teacher:  Rebecca Darby

McGovern Master Teacher

Rebecca Darby

BA, Florida Atlantic University


Rebecca graduated with honors from Florida Atlantic University in 1991, acquiring a B.A. in Mathematics along the way. Since then, she has spent the past 19 years passionately and persistently teaching secondary mathematics. Throughout her years of teaching, she has had the opportunity to teach math at all levels from grades 6 through 12, and has tutored extensively in both regular courses and SAT Prep. Currently, Rebecca teaches secondary mathematics and serves as Mathematics Department Head at Calvary Christian Academy.

Rebecca and her husband, John, currently reside in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. When she is not actively involved in stomping out mathematical ignorance, she enjoys reading, singing, and good conversation.

Duration: Yearlong course offered in fall/spring (32 weeks)

AP* Calculus AB — Live Online Class Session Schedule, 2014–15

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time

Instructor

Section 1
Thursdays, 6:30–7:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) Mrs. Rebecca Darby
Section 2
Thursdays, 8:30–9:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) Mrs. Rebecca Darby
Additional class sections may be added to the available offerings for this subject at a later point in the course registration period.  If you have any questions about class sections, schedules, or registration, please contact the PHC Prep Academy Staff.

Please Note: Scheduled, real-time sessions in the online classroom are not the only form of instruction available in a PHC Prep Academy course, but are offered in addition to lectures or other instructional materials that students are able to access online at their convenience. All sessions will also be recorded for later viewing. Registered students will be notified of any changes to the live session schedule.

NOTE: PHC Prep requests that all students take the Calculus Pre-Test to determine their readiness for this course before registering. Please see the bottom of this page for more details.

Books and Materials

View the AP Calculus AB Booklist for the 2014-2015 academic  year.

Overview

This course stresses the dual goals of conceptual understanding of calculus and fluency in the procedures that accompany the understanding of calculus concepts.  The following major ideas will be introduced during the year: limits, derivatives, and integrals of polynomial, rational, exponential, and trigonometric functions and their inverses.  Students will develop the skills necessary to apply calculus in solving a variety of practical problems. They will discover the importance of calculus to modern science and technology, and will learn to apply elementary calculus to the definition and solution of physical problems.  Instruction is integrated with a biblical worldview to help students explore and discover God’s purpose in creating the beauty and precision of the mathematical sciences. The purpose of this course is to prepare students to take the Advanced Placement Calculus AB examination given each spring, for which placement and/or credit may be awarded at the college level if a qualifying score is obtained. Content of this course corresponds to the College Board’s guidelines for AP Calculus AB.  Course goals include:

  • working with functions represented in a variety of ways—graphically, numerically, analytically, or verbally—and understanding the connections among these representations.
  • understanding the meaning of the derivative in terms of a rate of change and local linear approximation, and using derivatives to solve a variety of problems.
  • understanding the meaning of the definite integral both as a limit of Riemann sums and as the net accumulation of change, and using integrals to solve a variety of problems.
  • understanding the relationship between the derivative and the definite integral as expressed in both parts of the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.
  • communicating mathematics both orally and in well-written sentences and to explain solutions to problems.
  • modeling a written description of a physical situation with a function, a differential equation, or an integral.
  • using technology to help solve problems, experiment, interpret results, and verify conclusions.
  • determining the reasonableness of solutions, including sign, size, relative accuracy, and units of measurement.
  • developing an appreciation for calculus as a coherent body of knowledge and as a beautifully elegant, yet eminently practical aspect of God’s creation.

Instruction will be given primarily through pre-recorded lectures.  Reinforcement will take place through assigned practice, as well as a variety of opportunities for assistance and feedback, including weekly online class discussions.

Am I Ready for this AP Course?

This is a rigorous, college-level course. PHC Prep recommends that students have a strong background in mathematics before enrolling in AP Calculus AB, preferably having completed courses in Algebra II and Precalculus. In particular, students will need to understand the notion of functions and be familiar with trigonometric functions. To ensure that you have the math skills you will need, please download and take the following Calculus Pre-Test before registering. Then, download the Answer Key and use your score on the test to assess your readiness for the course.

Please visit the College Board’s AP Calculus AB page for a detailed list of topics students should be familiar with prior to taking the course and for more information about the material and skills students will study in the course and will need to master for the AP exam in this subject.