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AP Calculus

Department: Highland Park High School

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Chris Faucette

Period: 4 Room: HS8
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Elementary functions, limits, continuity, differentiation of algebraic, exponential, and trigonometric functions, applications of derivatives, differentials. 

Prerequisites:  College Algebra, Trigonometry, of consent of instructor. 


            This course will:

a)     Give students the background for further studies in math and science.

b)    Meet the requirements for an associate degree.

c)     Be transferable to another higher educational institution. 



1)    Apply algebraic methods.

2)    Determine and apply limits and continuity of functions.

3)    Determine and apply derivatives of algebraic, exponential, and trigonometric functions.

4)    Expand mathematical reasoning skills and apply formal logic.

5)    Apply derivatives and differential equations.

6)    Determine and apply indeterminate limits.

7)    Problems will be presented in algebraic, tabular, and graphical formats both orally and written.  Students will be expected to translate between these formats as needed and present their answers in algebraic, graphical and tabular formats both orally and written. 

8)    Homework problems will be presented as explicit algebraic, graphical, or tabular examples of the material and also as word problems requiring the student to extract both the required result and the necessary information, but also to determine what method (s) to use to solve the problem.     




Review of previous homework.  Students will periodically present selected homework assignments orally to the class using the portable whiteboard connected to the projector. 

1)    Lecture on new material.  Examples of new material will be given to the students as both oral word problems that the students will need to translate into written form and as problems written on the board that students will solve both individually and as a group.   Students are encouraged to discuss the material as it is brought up in class among themselves and also with the lecturer.

2)    Discussion of new material, historical contexts, and applications.

3)    Work on examples and homework.  Students will work example problems almost every class and give oral explanations to the class on how to solve the problem.

4)    At least once each unit the students will be given a problem in both written and oral form to solve as a group in class. 

How Parents Can Help

Please download or print the attached Fall schedule.  This has all the
classwork and homework for the entire semester.  Please ensure that your
student is doing work every night.  



SUPPLIES:  Textbook, three-ring binder, notebook paper, pencils, erasers, calculator.


TECHNOLOGY:  Students will have access to TI-83+ and TI-Nspire graphing calculators. 


TEXTBOOK: Calculus of a Single Variable by Larson, Hostetler, and Edwards, 2006, Eighth ed., Houghton-Mifflin. Publ.

Scope and Sequence

Please see attached file for a list of activites for the entire fall semester.  



Homework:  1 grade

Quizzes 2 grades

Tests:  3 grades 


Quizzes are open-note and open book but will be limited to 30 minutes and will be unannounced.  Test will be closed book and closed-note.  The full class period will be allotted to tests.  All makeup quizzes and tests must be taken within one school day (not class period) of the student’s return.  It is the student’s responsibility to schedule makeup work with the instructor. 


An average of these grades will determine the final grade. 

            A: 90 – 100%

            B:  80-89%

            C:  70-79%

            F:  69% or lower

Homework is due two class days after it was assigned.  Late work not pre-approved will have 30 points deducted. 


ATTENDANCE POLICY:  You are expected to attend every class.  If you are going to miss a class, pick up the assignment ahead of time.  The assignment will be due the next class period.  Excused absences due to illness will require that assignments missed are due the next class period.  Assignments due on the date of the absence are due the first class period the student returns. 


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