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AP Calculus: AB and BC

Grade:  11, 12
Year Credits: 5
Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry
Graduation Requirement:  Mathematics

AP Calculus AB and AP Calculus BC are is designed for junior and senior students. Enrollment in AP calculus is predicated on student’s prior knowledge in pre-calculus with trigonometry.  The AP Calculus Development Committee recommends that calculus should be taught as a college-level course. Both courses are intended to be challenging and demanding. Students in this course will have regular opportunities to use a graphing calculator to explore higher-level concepts.

In this course the philosophy of Calculus AB and Calculus BC are primarily concerned with developing the student’s’ understanding of the concepts of calculus and providing experience with its methods and applications. The courses emphasize a multi-representational approach to calculus, with concepts, results, and problems being expressed graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally. Emphasis is placed on limits, continuity, derivatives and integrals of functions of one variable. Calculus BC is an extension of Calculus AB rather than an enhancement; common topics require a similar depth of understanding.