This class was tough.
Course Overview:
Although math isn't my strongest point and this class does have its challenges (some lessons you will just not get until the teacher moves on to the next unit), I definitely recommend you to take AP Calc AB if you meet all the math qualifications for it, because it was one of the few AP classes that had valuable AP credit accepted at most UCs and other colleges. If you were strong or at least decent at pre-calculus, you already have the foundation and what it takes to be successful in this class. The pass rate and even the 5's rate for the AP Calc AB test is also really high, so this means that you have a great chance of passing and doing well on the AP test. A lot of people I knew in the class got 5's, even if they did not have an A in the class. I was able to get a 4, which I'm okay with, but just don't let the high '5' rate give you overflowing confidence that you will definitely get a 5, because it really comes down to how much effort you put through!
Course highlights:
Derivatives, derivatives, and derivatives! Be prepared to do a lot of deriving in this math class. Almost every concept you learn will be tied into the fundamental knowledge of derivatives. By the end of the year, you'll be a master at deriving. Don't stress too much about the trig you learned in pre-calc, because it does not show up often. We did not touch anything that had to do with things like the double trig identities.
Hours per week:
3-5 hours
Advice for students:
Take good and neat notes, and use your note cards! In this class note cards are actually required and will be graded. But they are so helpful and concise enough for you to go over to aid you in a quick last-minute study cram or a final review.
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Course Overview:
Great prep for AP test, was able to pass
Course highlights:
Again, learned everything I needed to get through the AP test
Hours per week:
3-5 hours
Advice for students:
Stay current with work. don't get behind
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Course Overview:
I would recommend it because it teaches some interesting things of math, mainly slopes. So rate of change. The course wasn't all terrible and the teacher prepares you well for the AP test
Course highlights:
I learned how to take the derivative and antiderivative of various functions. Also how to optimize certain objects which was interesting
Hours per week:
6-8 hours
Advice for students:
To study a good a solid amount outside of class. It helps to prepare for what's to come the next day. Pay attention and you should understand the concepts in class.