This class was tough.
Course Overview:
AP Calculus provides a solid challenge while also giving students new, mind-boggling concepts that are truly fascinating to think about. It is some of the most complicated math material I have ever seen and it is really exciting to correctly complete a problem and look back and think "I just did that!"
Course highlights:
The course is truly fascinating. It took math and connected it to real life events. There were no students in the class left thinking, "When will we ever need this again?" because almost everyone uses calculus in one way or another. I learned about derivatives and integrals, in addition to learning how to apply them to almost everyday experiences.
Hours per week:
12+ hours
Advice for students:
I suggest that students in this class do at least an hour of homework a night. This class moves fairly quickly, so I also strongly recommend communicating with the teacher or professor if a student is falling behind. Working in groups of people is also very beneficial. In general, though, I'd say the most important thing for this class is to believe that you can do any math problem. If you go into a problem thinking that you aren't able to do it, then you won't, so just believe in yourself!
This class was tough.
Course Overview:
This class was always challenging and hands on.
Course highlights:
The highlight of the class was building a ramp for marbles so that you could calculate the path through the air. It was such a cool experiment!
Hours per week:
3-5 hours
Advice for students:
The tests are always harder than you expect and really challenge you to think outside the box.
This class was tough.
Course Overview:
I learned a lot during this class, and it was helpful when I took the ACT and the SBAC testing. One thing that I struggled with was the part of the class that had some Physics material so that is a good background to have for one section. However, many people took the class at the same time that they took Physics which was a lot of work and they struggled with completeing the work for both classes. Mr. Hild does not teach to the AP test, which does not help if you are planning on taking the test but you learn things that you wouldn't necessarily talk about in another calculus class.
Course highlights:
My favorite thing that I learned was how to apply derivation to find the minimum and maximum area or volume of certain shapes. An example is how to find the maximum area that you can fence in with 50 feet of fencing or the minimum amount of materials needed to make a can with a volume of 30 centimeters cubed.
Hours per week:
12+ hours
Advice for students:
If you are taking the class at the same time as another class with a lot of work, procrastinate the book work until the weekend and just spend 12 hours doing it on Saturday instead of staying up really late trying to do the bookwork every night because it doesn't follow the class schedule.