• AP Calculus AB

    Fall 2021

    Mrs. Davis


    Welcome to Calculus.  Congratulations for accepting the challenge of an AP math course.  Below is information to make this semester the best it can be.  If you have questions please contact me.  I look forward to a great semester. 


    Course Design: This course continues the practice of learning math in a variety of ways:

    • Graphically--the students will use a graphing calculator almost every day to explore various components of algebraic, trigonometric, and transcendental functions.
    • Numerically---the student will learn various techniques to evaluate limits, derivatives, and integrals of functions by approximation and by exact value
    • Analytically--the student will understand that a correct answer isn’t sufficient.  A correct analytical procedure that reveals how to produce a correct answer is required to reveal the student’s understanding of proper calculus knowledge.  
    • Verbally--the student will describe orally and through writing the knowledge gained in the course.  Oral and written reports from group projects emphasize the need to communicate mathematically
    • Connectivity--the student will use the previous methods of learning to assimilate a knowledge of calculus that is deeper and broader that the mastery of just one method.  The goal is to learn material from a variety of viewpoints  and then unify those to build a knowledge base of calculus and its applications.  


    Course Outline (approximate times)

    • Limits~9 days
    • Mechanics of Derivative~16 days
    • Applications of Derivatives~12 days
    • Mechanics of Antiderivatives~15 days
    • Special Transcendentals~ 10 days
    • Area/Volume~10 days
    • Review and practice for AP Exam



    • Come to class on time and prepared
    • Participate daily
    • Respect all
    • If you are absent, you are responsible for checking Canvas and getting help as needed
    • Keep up with your assignments and ask questions when you need help

    Homework/Classwork:   Assignments are given daily.  Keep up with your work and make sure you are ready to ask questions when you come to class.


    Grading Policy:  per school policy

    Major Grades:    40%

    Minor Grades:    60%


    Prerequisite Concepts:

    • Solving linear, quadratic, and polynomial equations
    • Graphing linear, quadratic and polynomial equations
    • Language of functions {domain, range, periodic, symmetry, zeros, intercepts, etc}
    • Factoring
    • Unit circle Trigonometry


    Develop strong study skills by:

    • Forming study groups
    • Taking advantage of extra help sessions
    • Making up work in a timely manner
    • Making sure work is understood and is complete


    Timed tests and quizzes are part of the rigorous nature of an AP math course.  I encourage you to practice timed assessments at home in addition to the timed practice assignments we do in class.


    Extra Help Sessions:   These sessions are for students who participate in class and come to class prepared but still need help with the concepts. They will be before schools on days TBD.