ADVANCED PLACEMENT MACROECONOMICSNobel Prize winning economist Paul Samuelson said, “There is only one “first time” with economics” and as the instructor for the AP Macroeconomics class, I am thrilled that I will be sharing in that “first time” educational experience. Advanced Placement Macroeconomics is a one semester introductory course that gives students an understanding of the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole. This course places particular emphasis on the study of national income and its components, economic indicators, inflation and unemployment, money and banking stabilization policies and the United States and world trade. It is designed to replicate the introductory Macroeconomics course taught in a university setting. The AP program prepares students for the future by giving them tools that will serve them well throughout their college career. The content and curricular goals for this course are outlined in the AP course description supplied by the College Board at .As such the course requires far more commitment and effort from the student than that of an academic high school course. Typically, successful AP students are task-oriented, proficient readers, able to prioritize their time, and have parental support. Typically, successful online AP students are task-oriented, proficient readers, able to prioritize their time, and have parental support. To be successful in the online class, you MUST•Stay in the course (at least 4 days each week)•Stay the course (do not procrastinate because it is easy to fall behind and this is only a one semester course)•Stay motivated (you can do it and if you have questions, I am there) Goals: “The purpose of studying economics is not to acquire a set of ready made answers to economic questions, but to learn how to avoid being deceived by economists.”Joan Robinson, Collected Economics Papers•To learn the language of economics and exhibit an awareness and continuing interest in major economic problems; to develop attitudes, values, and skills for citizenship in the American free enterprise system.•To create an environment in which all students participate to achieve their full academic potential, while developing interpersonal and life skills to successfully interact with others.•To promote critical thinking and problem-solving skills, including analysis and synthesis.
•To lay a foundation for college level economics by developing an ability to think independently and intelligently about economic problems and to create solutions.TextbooksRequired Text:McConnell, Campbell, and Stanley Brue. Economics, at least the15thedition.