This class was tough.
Course Overview:
This class furthers your understanding of mathematics and opens the doors of calculus to you!
Course highlights:
The highlights were learning the fundamentals of calculus, derivatives and integrals, and doing a final math project at the end.
Hours per week:
3-5 hours
Advice for students:
If you like math at all, take calculus! It is very interesting and you get to build and expand on what you already know about math. It also will help you a lot in science classes.
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Course Overview:
I would recommend it, especially if you love math. Calculus is like solving puzzles but in the form of rigorous mathematics.
Course highlights:
The highlights of the course were learning chain rule and reverse chain rule. It is difficult at first, but when you learn it, it is so satisfying.
Hours per week:
3-5 hours
Advice for students:
Pay attention in class and ask questions. It's the best way to learn.
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Course Overview:
With Mrs. Dorothy Fleck as a teacher you definitely won't have problems learning in my opinion. Although, when you are coming into the course itself [keeping in mind that Calculus, whether AB Calculus (moves at a slower pace) or BC Calculus (moves at a faster pace), is a year long course split up into two sections. You must take Differential Calculus the first semester in the fall and then you go to either Calculus AB or Calculus BC.]
Course highlights:
--------------------Based on My Experience In Calculus AB Limits & Continuity Tangent Lines Rates of Change Derivatives & Derivatives at a Point Chain Rule Trigonometric Functions & Unit Circle• Position, Velocity, Acceleration (& Jerk sometimes) Implicit Differentiation Inverse Trigonometric, Logarithmic, & Exponential Functions Optimization & Related Rates Linearization Riemann Sums & Rectangular Approximation Methods (RAM) Indefinite & Definite Integrals Slope Fields Separable Differentiable Equations Logistic Growth Integral As Net Change Areas Between Curve Volume of a Solid Arc Length
Hours per week:
9-11 hours
Advice for students:
--------------------What You Need To Do To Prepare For AP Calculus • Before I even start, please note that the amount of hours you may spend on material when it comes to Calculus all depends of what your strengths and weaknesses are. Whether or not you grasp the information and how to do it quickly or not. Nevertheless, without further ado how to start begins right after this upcoming period. • From the beginning you need to really have a good Pre-calculus Honors background. Now you can take the route of doing Pre-calculus CP but it will be much more difficult on you if you decide to do calculus. I know this because I started in Pre-calculus CP and you don't learn the information needed to prepare you for Calculus (most math teachers know this). However, most advisors or counselors will not know this because they assume that Pre-calculus, regardless of whether its CP or Honors, prepares you for Calculus (not their fault). • Even so if your are looking to join, there are some key things one needs to know from the start: 1. KNOWLEDGE on the UNIT CIRCLE including how to count is RADIANS as well as degrees. 2. The "basic" parent functions and their characteristics (type in Google 'Harold's Cheat Sheet' & make sure to know each parent function & its characteristics on the list except for the arc- & hyperbolic). 3. Piecewise functions 4. The domain & range of those functions. 5. How to sketch those functions without a graphing calculator. 6. Whether a function is odd, even, neither. 7. Function Inverses, Opposites, & Reciprocals 8. Function compositions 9. Properties of Logarithms 10. Factoring 11. Period, Amplitude, Phase Shift, & Vertical Shift 12. Making lines that are *just* parallel & perpendicular to a line OR making lines that are parallel or perpendicular to a line at a point. 13. Parametrization (only needed if you plan to do Calculus AB) --------------------Overall Advice & What I Wish I Knew • Other than these things, make sure you actually do the homework and study otherwise you will become lost very easily. Even if you know or think you know it well practice it, you might just find an area you're a little bit rusty in. I think everyone would agree that you would rather be able to ask how to do the problem before the quiz or test rather than wondering how to do it during the quiz or test. • The list you see above were things I had little to no knowledge on mostly but was faced with at the start of Calculus. Mainly, I did not know them because Pre-calculus CP did not prepare me for all the things. So try if you can to get in an Honors Pre-calculus class, but if you can't then you could always use Google or any other means to look up the information listed above about what you need to know to be prepared for the start of Calculus if you are serious about it. Maybe even so much as ask your Pre-calculus teacher what you can do to prepare, or even the Calculus teacher.