Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Course Overview:
Calculus is comprised of the majority of mathematical skills learned in previous courses, but used in practical applications. Therefore taking this class, allows one to apply previously unused skills and topics.
Course highlights:
The major topics of calculus are derivatives, integration, and limits. These are the three areas that will be covered and built upon. Some abstract thinking is needed - moreso than other mathematics.
Hours per week:
9-11 hours
Advice for students:
To succeed, you must study outside of school - and you cannot skip understanding any lessons. It all builds on top of each other. Extensive or well thought out notes are recommended. Towards the end, taking practice AP tests and going through examples day after day will really help with the AP test.
This class was tough.
Course Overview:
Obviously, for anyone thinking of going into STEM, this is a course that you will have to take, so it's better to do so in high school where it costs a lot less money. In addition, it's easier to do well in a high school setting, as the teacher has more time to teach the material. Getting a 3 or higher on the AP test also looks very good on college and job applications, even if they're not related to math, as doing well on the test displays a high level of memory and logical thinking.
Course highlights:
I'm pretty interested in math as it is, so if you like logical thinking and working through logical steps, it can be very interesting and fun. Plus, one thing I really enjoyed was watching everything I'd ever learned in math come together. You learn one thing in Algebra, and then another in Geometry, and neither of them really make sense as to why they exist. Then, Calculus connects them, tells you what they mean, and shows you how to apply them to the real world in interesting ways.
Hours per week:
3-5 hours
Advice for students:
Make sure you know all of your prior math. I personally tended to blow off Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry, because I could do well enough to get an A without trying too hard. As a result, when I went into my first year of Calculus, I was completely unprepared. Everything that every previous math class teaches you is combined together in Calculus. In addition, this isn't a class where just memorizing the formulas will work either. You really have to understand the logic behind the math, because the majority of the problems you do are real-world examples that don't explicitly say what to do. You have to know how everything you've learned works and what it means, so you can apply it in ways you weren't taught how to.