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MATH 101 Advanced Placement Calculus

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    Feb 08, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend taking this course because of the complexities at which the problems are asked can relate to real world situations.

    Course highlights:

    I gained analytical knowledge and learned about related rated, integrals, derivatives, and many other fundamental theories of mathematics.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Make sure to complete assignments that have been given. They are very helpful with future problems that could be on a test later on in the class. Study the night before and also 30 min prior to a test to retain any information that may have been forgotten.

    • Fall 2016
    • Musselman
    • Math-heavy Background Knowledge Expected Participation Counts
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    Jan 20, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Highly recommended for its rigor and how it prepares you for college. Teacher is very helpful and willing to work with her students towards mutual success.

    Course highlights:

    Not only did I learn to complete complex mathematics problems, I improved my problem solving abilities all the while learning how to work well with educators.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Definitely take it! It is very important to learn how to properly pace yourself and plan your evenings in order to finish your homework quickly while also comprehending it.

    • Winter 2016
    • Musselman
    • Math-heavy Background Knowledge Expected Competitive Classmates
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    Jan 23, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    AP Calculus is the most challenging class I have ever taken in my entire life. It is the first class I have ever received a B in. Everyday I would come to class frustrated, irritated, and upset because the material made no sense to me. I spent nights crying over it and looking up videos on line that would help better my knowledge. The class is not easy. It is not designed to be easy. Mrs. Mussleman did not make the class easier than it should have been, in fact she probably made it more challenging since there were no fluff grades. However, Mrs. Mussleman is a dedicated, a passionate, and an intriguing teacher. She loves calculus. She takes the time to stay after school to tutor students who are not comprehending the material well, she encourages class participation in various ways, and she goes out of her way to make sure the class is beyond prepared for the AP exam in May. Her students almost always get a 5 on the exam and she constantly applies her knowledge as an AP grader to the discussions in class. AP Calculus is a challenging, mentally draining class, but Mrs. Mussleman excels as a teacher and as a person.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights of this course did not have much to do with the math itself. AP Calculus taught me about humility and leadership. I understand that it may seem odd to have learned the most about character than math concepts in an advanced placement math class, but at the same time it makes perfect sense. Calculus taught me my previous assertions that I was good at math were false. I was terrible at Calculus. I let trivial and mediocre things continue to knock down my grades and affect my testing average. For the first time in my high school career, I realized ranking does not code for level of intelligence, and getting an A in a class is based more on completion and resourcefulness than credible knowledge. I was humbled by the level of difficulty that was presented in this course, and I leaned on many of my peers for help with the material. Calculus also taught me about leadership. At a leadership camp over the summer, a very famous and well known band director, who specializes in leadership, told the members of the drum major camp that leadership "is asking others for help, showing you need the assistance of the team, and humbling yourself in the face of the individuals you need to lead." In AP Calculus I asked countless of students for help. From my best friend, who I compete with constantly in school, to a friend of mine who is not only younger than me, but a member of the band for which I was chosen to lead. Calculus taught me that in order to excel, you must sacrifice pride.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    I would advise prospective AP Calculus students to remember to breath, to remember that this is an AP level math class and that it is okay to struggle, and to remember to take the time to absorb the material. The class is cumulative, so I would advise students to keep a cumulative mindset on the material. The class is a challenge. It is a hit or miss, and for most people it is a miss. Putting in the work will not cut it. I learned that in order to really truly ace the class, I had to go above and beyond from what was expected. In addition I would advise students to not realize this until the end of the first semester. Go in the class with a mind programmed on work ethic. Calculus is the type of class that requires excessive time to be put in to studying, practicing problems, and researching solutions. Lastly, students should never forgot to not beat themselves up over the grade they receive. "B" is not for blemish and "A" is not for awesome. Understanding the complicated material is more valuable to the student than the letter he receives on a piece of paper.

    • Fall 2016
    • Musselman
    • Math-heavy Meetings Outside of Class Requires Lots of Research

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