AP Calculus AB Syllabus

Mr. Swanson


Stanwood High School

Phone: 360-629-1300


CCC Room 16



Google Classroom: j6ft7o4

Course Overview

This is a rigorous course.  This course is designed to be equivalent to a semester of college calculus and will prepare you for the AP test, college entrance exams, and your first classes in college.  Our pace may be brisk at times and it is imperative that you keep up with the daily work and get help when needed. We will be learning about limits and the next two basic operations: differentiation and integration.  These three topics are the main topics of Calculus. Understanding these topics will give you better insight into other classes that you will take and the world around you.

Materials Needed

You are expected to bring the following materials to class each day:

  • A spiral notebook or composition book for notes.

  • Paper to do homework and class work on.  (This can be torn out of the spiral notebook)

  • Appropriate writing utensils (I strongly recommend pencils for this).

  • A graphing calculator.  (I strongly recommend having your own, as you will continue using it throughout the remainder of your education.  I do have several that are available for checkout, however.)

General Rules and Expectations

In this classroom you are expected to act responsibly.  This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Those who work, learn.

  • Arriving on time each day, ready to work.

  • Participating in classroom discussions.

  • Using class time appropriately.

  • Treating others and their ideas with respect.

  • Acting in a manner appropriate to young adults.

  • Leaving your personal business out of class.  (Example: NO CELL PHONES!!!)

  • And generally following all school rules.

Failure to abide by these few expectations will result in a few consequences including a warning, parental involvement, detention, Saturday school, and/or a referral to an administrator.

Tardies and Absences

You are considered tardy if you are not in your seat and ready to work when the bell rings.  Tardies will be dealt with according to the school policy. If you are absent for whatever reason, it is your responsibility to get the material and make up work.  Absent work will be handled as per school policy.


Tests – 100 points with a couple AP extra credit questions.

  • There are no retakes on tests.

  • Tests are due at the end of the period.

  • If you are unable to take a test on a test day, then you will be given a make-up test which is generally harder and does not include the extra credit questions.

  • Some of the tests will be taken without the use of a calculator.

  • Testing procedures will be similar to HSPE procedures.

Homework Quizzes – 10 points

  • These are short quizzes on the current topic.

  • They usually happen at the end of a class period.

  • There are no retakes or makeups.  If you have an excused absence, then it is excused.  If you have an unexcused absence, then it is a 0.

Homework – 2 points

  • As with most topics in math (and everything else in life), Calculus takes practice to learn and master.  Because of this I would expect an assignment most days. Some will be quicker than others and some will span multiple days.

  • I encourage you to turn in your assignments daily.  They all must be turned in by the day of the test.

Grading Scale

100 – 93% A

92.9 – 90% A-

89.9 – 87% B+

86.9-83% B

82.9-80% B-

79.9-77% C+

76.9-73% C

72.9-70% C-

< 70% F

Tests and Quizzes

I do not tolerate cheating of any kind and do not give much help during tests and quizzes.  They are an assessment of your abilities on the specific topics being covered. There are no retakes of tests or quizzes in this class.

This is a very challenging course that will open up whole new areas of math for you.  By learning the concepts and applying them to the world around us, you will not only be preparing yourself for future classes but you will also gain a better understanding of the real world that you live in.  I believe that with your help and enthusiasm we will cover all of the topics that we need to while having an enjoyable and entertaining time in the process. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

John Swanson