AP Calculus AB
Master Teacher: Rebecca Darby
BA, Florida Atlantic University
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)
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
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:
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.
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