Advanced Placement Calculus(AB) consists of a full high school academic year of work that is comparable to calculus courses in colleges and universities. It is required that students who take AP Calculus will seek college credit by taking the AP Exam. Most of the year will be devoted to topics in differential and integral calculus. The course emphasizes a multi-representational approach of calculus, with concepts, results, and problems being expressed graphically, numerically, analytically and verbally.
Placement in this course should consider the recommendation of prerequisite teachers. Strong A averages in all prerequisites indicate a more realistic expectation of a 3 ,4, or 5 on the AP Exam. The students and parents must also agree to the conditions in the following bullets:
  • Prerequisites--Algebra I, II, Geometry, and Precalculus Honors*(no grades lower than B for a realistic expectation of a 3 or higher on the AP exam)
  • Willing and able to spend at least 2 weeks in the late summer to review Precalculus via the web
  • Achieved a minimum TEST AVERAGE of B in Precalculus Honors*
  • Willing and able to spend all scheduled class time in learning the Calculus A.P. curriculum
  • Willing and able to spend a minimum of 5 hours per week in addition to class time in study of the Calculus A.P. curriculum
  • Able to complete a challenging math test in one class period
  • Access to the internet off campus
  • Able to work both individually and in groups to apply concepts and "transfer knowledge"
Successfully completing all of the above points will greatly increase the likelihood of success in this course.
      • Precalculus Honors is strongly recommended but not required. Precalculus is required.

I will require this contract be signed by both parent/guardian and the student agreeing to the bullet points above and to commit to working as hard as possible to score a 3, 4, or 5 on the AP Calculus AB exam.

I commit to spending the time and energy required to succeed in this course and to pass (minimum grade of 3) the AP exam. I also commit to helping my classmates succeed in this course. I will not waste my time, my classmates’ time, or Coach Hale’s time. If, at any point, Coach Hale suspects that the terms of this contract are not being met, a meeting with Coach Hale and the undersigned will be requested. If it is determined that these terms and conditions are not being met, then a settlement will be agreed to by all parties involved from the following options:
  1. Immediately bring the terms and conditions into compliance.
  2. Change the terms and conditions due to unforeseen circumstances.
  3. Alternatively, agree to a maximum grade for the course of a D.
  4. Drop the course.

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Also note that a detailed course description including philosophy, goals, prerequisites, and topical outline are given at :
http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/sub_calab.html?calcab

Beginning in 2010-2011(page 13 2010 AP Course Description)

Beginning with the May 2011 AP Exams, the format of the free-response sections of the AP Calculus AB and AP Calculus BC exams is being modified so that Part A (graphing calculator required) consists of two problems and Part B (no calculator is allowed) consists of four problems.

This change in the free-response section format should not affect classroom instruction. In particular, students should use graphing calculators on a regular basis so they become adept in their use. Students should also have experience with the basic paper-and-pencil techniques of calculus and be able to apply them when technological tools are unavailable or inappropriate. The Development Committee believes that the change in exam format will help the AP Calculus Exams more accurately represent the broad range of calculus topics and concepts that need to be assessed.

The free-response section of each exam consists of six problems in 90 minutes. Part A consists of two problems in 30 minutes and Part B consists of four problems in 60 minutes. Please read the "Use of Graphing Calculators" section on pages 12-16 of the new AP Calculus Course Description, effective fall 2010, for a full description of the change.

Beginning in 2010-2011(page 16 2010 AP Course Description)
Multiple-choice scores are based on the number of questions answered correctly.
Points are not deducted for incorrect answers, and no points are awarded for
unanswered questions. Because points are not deducted for incorrect answers,
students are encouraged to answer all multiple-choice questions. On any questions
students do not know the answer to, students should eliminate as many choices as
they can, and then select the best answer among the remaining choices.