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Mrs. Mary Cammisa Phone: 803-470-5821 Office Hours: 8:00-4:00 Monday-Friday AP Calculus AB Syllabus Course Description: AP Calculus AB is a course designed and planned by the College Board, but implemented by the school. This course has major emphasis on a variety of functions and their rates of changes. The derivative and area under the curve will serve as the theme of the course. Instruction will be delivered through Pearson, Study Forge, weekly LiveLessons, student collaborative assignments and individual and group study/help sessions. Students will study functions with a high emphasis on limits, continuity, derivatives, related rates, optimization, integration, area under the curve, and volume of solids of revolution. In addition, students study many topics through investigating activities. College Board Course URL Address: AP/College Level Course Rigor : It is important to understand that this is a college level course, there is a lot of critical thinking involved. The questions from assessments are not going to come directly from your reading or Connexus lessons verbatim. You need to analyze and apply material. There is also a level of general background knowledge that students are expected to come to the course with. Assessments will require that you choose the best answer because there may be many questions in which there are several answers that COULD apply. As an AP student, you will need to use critical thinking strategies to demonstrate mastery of content learned in this course. Textbook: We will be using the Calculus: Graphical, Numerical, Algebraic A. P., 4th edition, by Finney et al., 2012 textbook. This textbook is available online throughout Connexus and a hard copy is shipped to each student. Please take detailed notes on the chapter readings assigned in your lessons in addition to your notes from the Connexus lessons. Graphing Calculator: I highly recommend the TI-NSpire calculator for the AP Exam because of some features that are more useful for students that the TI-83, 84, or 89 may not have. I will be using the TI-NSpire in LiveLessons. I will be more than happy to work with you individually with another calculator, but in LiveLesson we will specifically use the TI-NSpire. It is not mandatory that you have the TI-Nspire, but IT IS MANDATORY that you have a graphing calculator by the end of the first week of class. Recommended Materials: Along with the TI-NSpire, I highly recommend purchasing a 3-ring binder with dividers, or a spiral notebook with dividers, to take notes and do personal assignments. I also recommend purchasing a Rocket Wave Notebook to submit hand written work. This notebook can be purchased here on Amazon.

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