AP courses in calculus consist of a full high school academic year of work and are comparable to calculus course in colleges and universities. Students who take an AP calculus course should do so with the intention of placing out of a comparable college calculus course. This may be done through the AP Exam, a college placement exam, or any other method employed by the college. Visit www.collegeboard.org/ap/creditpolicy
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Before studying calculus, students should have completed Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 and Pre-Cal. Students should have a solid understanding of linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, inverse trigonometric and piece wise functions. Students must be familiar with the properties, the graphs and the language of these functions.
Since students are expected to bring their own calculator the the AP exam, a graphing calculator will be required for this class. A graphing calculator should be able to plot the graph of a function, find the zeros of a function, numerically calculate the derivative of a function and numerically calculate the value of a definite integral. Computers, electronic writing pads, pocket organizers, non graphing scientific calculators, calculators with QWERTY keypads, touch screen capability , talking or noise making calculators, and ability to access internet are NOT allowed. My calculator recommendation is the TI - 84 plus, the TI - 84 plus silver edition or the TI - 89.