This class was tough.
Course Overview:
The Calculus BC course taught by Ms. Rennell is by far the most intriguing, interesting, and helpful course I have ever taken. The teacher always applies the information to real-life situations and teaches the material in the most coherent way I have ever experienced. If you are focused on becoming an engineer or are interested in any STEM careers, Calculus BC is absolutely necessary and you can get college credit by passing the AP exam.
Course highlights:
The highlights of this course were the excellent teaching methods and overall friendliness of all the classmates. Everyone worked well together and made sure that everyone understood a new concept before moving on. No student was left behind as long as they tried to apply themselves.
Hours per week:
3-5 hours
Advice for students:
Students who are considering this course should definitely go for it if they are interested in pursuing majors in STEM or engineering. There are plenty of online resources that can help you even if your teacher is not the best and the course is required in college so it is best to get it out of the way while spending the least amount of money possible.
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Course Overview:
The teacher ensures that every student understands the concepts set forth in front of students. Whenever a student asks a question she explains it until the student fully comprehends and the question is answered; however, since many students learn differently and if the student still doesn't understand she allows other students to explain until that student's question is answered. Some of the concepts in Calculus BC may be challenging, but the teacher is always willing to stay after school to provide tutoring if necessary.
Course highlights:
Some of the highlights during this course were: applying knowledge in other classes (physics - derivatives), explaining to other classmates the lesson, working with my peers to attack the AP/ IB problems. It is always interesting to learn how others approach certain problems especially when dealing with series. I learned shortcuts in Euler's method, different series, tabular method, etc.
Hours per week:
6-8 hours
Advice for students:
In order to succeed, you must be willing to put in the effort to understand. The teacher holds tutoring days and if you need it she is more than willing to help you. Before tests, I would come in and do several practice problems until I felt comfortable with the concepts.
This class was tough.
Course Overview:
This class was challenging and remained engaging throughout the entire class. It was definitely harder as far as content than Calc AB but the teacher is really good and I never felt lost when it came test time.
Course highlights:
The highlights of this course to me were that I could use a lot of the information in the physics class I was also taking at the time. This is math that I really saw meaning to learning it. Taking acceleration formulas for two different objects and determining if and where they meet is just some of the information learned from this course.
Hours per week:
3-5 hours
Advice for students:
To succeed in this course you need to pay attention and take good notes in class so you can use them to do the suggested book problems. I would suggest doing one or two problems on each concept with your notes and then attempting two without your notes in order to be sure that you understand the concept before moving on.