This class was tough.
Course Overview:
Mrs. Barritt will challenge the way you think about math, yourself, and the world. She always connects the topics we are learning to real life and previous courses we've taken. If you want to know how mathematicians think as they go about their work, then take this class. Mrs. Barritt always takes the time to explain how she got the answers she did and why she did the steps she did.
Course highlights:
Mrs. Barritt is always sure to emphasize the thought process that goes behind each and every question. If you ever have a concern, simply ask her and she will help you, provided you are willing to go the extra mile and think hard about a topic that may be difficult for you. She truly believes in every single one of her students, and if you don't believe in yourself and what you can do, I would recommend this class ten-fold because the confidence she has for her students is contagious.
Hours per week:
12+ hours
Advice for students:
Don't be afraid to ask questions. Asking questions is expected. And be sure that you can do the homework problems without looking at your notes. Once you're able to complete the homework without any help, then you know you understand the material and are ready for the test.
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Course Overview:
This course is great because it introduces you to Calculus in the best way possible: A year long course with the best math teacher you've ever had. Go in depth to all topics of AP Calculus AB with plenty of time to work with.
Course highlights:
I've learned everything from basic summations and derivatives to the most complex integration and differentiation of volumes of solids from shapes and revolution around axis. We also covered optimization, velocity and acceleration, applications of the derivative, theorems, inverse functions and trigonometry just to start it off.
Hours per week:
6-8 hours
Advice for students:
You definitely need to study and prepare in advance for upcoming tests and quizzes. Don't cram study the night before. It's best to study for the week before and then review material the night before. You also definitely need to do your homework each night as required. Feel free to go beyond this. Without doing homework you won't fully grasp the topics (unless you're a calc whiz and/or you don't mind taking zeros), setting aside the fact that homework is raw practice.