Average Rating
Course Difficulty
Easy 0%
Medium 33%
Hard 67%
Top Course Tags
Math-heavy
Background Knowledge Expected
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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.
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Course Overview:
It is an extremely interesting course. Mrs. Musselman grades AP Calc exams, so she knows what the graders look for on the exams. She is a very good teacher and is extremely kind.
Course highlights:
I have learned many things about math that can be applied in physics and robotics. I have enjoyed using that knowledge for important calculations in physics class and robotics club.
Hours per week:
12+ hours
Advice for students:
Take regular calc first. It makes AP calc a lot easier.
This class was tough.
Course Overview:
This course was incredibly challenging and kept my mind moving at all points. Analyzing problems in math has never been more critical, and finding a way to keep progressing toward the answer seems impossible sometimes. Teamwork in class is imperative.
Course highlights:
This class kept me in the math mode: as a full year class it enabled me to not forget anything I was learning through constant review. Working together with classmates was an interesting aspect that we found to be necessary, and also quite enjoyable.
Hours per week:
6-8 hours
Advice for students:
Don't go it alone, conferring with classmates can be incredibly helpful to eliminate silly mistakes in the long-drawn out math problems.