This class was tough.
Course Overview:
AP Calculus AB is a great course for students looking for an academic challenge whose work ethics and focus are above average. Exams are highly difficult, and homework is provided but not generally graded. Practice and additional review is necessary for most students to earn a high grade. Teaching methods consist of instructional time and display of problems in the whiteboard. Lessons and review of homework problems occur frequently.
Course highlights:
From this course, I learned not only the many principles of calculus, but also how to study effectively for a math course, and how to manage time during a math exam. Additionally, fun video projects taught me effective communictating methods among others. Collaboration among fellow calculus students was a must to collectively figure out homework problems and review key principles and methods.
Hours per week:
6-8 hours
Advice for students:
Studying in groups is often effective, as to collaborate and discuss topics that were not fully understood. Manage time well on exams, so not spend too much time on one problem or section, as you may run out of time; no additonal time is given. Study often, reviewing problems continuously as to not regress and lose memory of concepts and methods. Complete homework as necessary; it is typically excellent practice and pertinent to the material currently being covered. Be aware of the chapter being covered at all times; the class is fast paced and one can often get confused as to what has been taught and what has not. Ancillary help from the teacher may be necessary depending on the level of confusion on concepts.
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Course Overview:
Highly recommended for the challenge, and for anyone who likes theoretcial thinking (and has a pretty decent understanding of algebra).
Course highlights:
I learned where all the equations we got from Chemistry and Physics came from, and was able to use this in real world applications (although, being a high schooler, more because I was bored than anything). Related rates are useful, as are integrals and derivatives.
Hours per week:
3-5 hours
Advice for students:
Do the homework. Ask questions. Work your butt off. And by golly, don't believe everyone else who says you will fail. Of course you will, if you put in the amount of work that they put in (oftentimes not enough to make a hamster wheel spin). If you do these, then, you will understand Calculus to the level necessary for a five on the AP exam (and to realize that math is fun).