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Background Knowledge Expected
This class was tough.
A lot of students balk at the mention of math, especially calculus. I know I did last year when my guidance counselor recommended the course to me. I had never been confident in my math abilities and never intended to take calculus, but there I was enrolling in AP Calculus AB. Despite my initial apprehension I am so relieved I am taking the course. Although it has required hard work and dedication, it has boosted my confidence in my mathematical ability. There is no other feeling than mastering a challenging problem type! I have never enjoyed math before taking this class but now I think it is fun taking on the challenge of a new problem and working through it to reach the solution. I would recommend this course to everyone even if they don't associate themselves with being mathematically inclined. It is a new challenging, yet exciting adventure.
The most valuable thing this curse gives you is preparedness for college. The curriculum challenges you to think through problems and solve them using the tools around you. This is an important skill to learn no matter the subject. I learned how derivatives and integrals have a very special relationship and how they can be applied in situations to solve all sorts of problems. This course allows the student to use all the skills they have acquired over the years to solve a cumulative problem.
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Attendance is key! Being there when the teacher initially introduces the concepts is imperative to success because it allows you to understand why a formula is a certain way or why a special rule applies in the situation. Much like other math classes the content builds on itself so it's important to master every tool, rule, and trick for each unit because it will be useful in the upcoming units. Even though homework is most likely your least favorite thing to do it is essential to always do for this class because it provides extra practice and exposes you to different problem types.