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Calculus AB: First-Time (math 1247)

This course will consider topics typically included in the first year of a college-level calculus course.  It will cover elementary functions, limits, and differential and integral calculus.  Time will be set aside for discussion related to how to best set up a high school AP Calculus course.  Methods, teaching materials and facility with the graphing calculator will be emphasized.  Students will be actively engaged in problem solving, lesson design and discussion of the AP program. 

Course Objectives:

Students in this course will:

  • understand that Calculus is the mathematics of change and apply this principle to describe and predict the behavior of changing quantities.
  • be able to calculate an amount (cost, distance, etc.) given a rate of change using integral calculus. 
  • understand and apply the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. 
  • develop activities that will help their students understand the principles of calculus. 
  • understand and apply the concept of limit in developing the derivative and the integral. 
  • recognize the components of a strong AP curriculum in calculus 
  • develop strategies to help their students succeed in the AP program 
  • understand the components of the graphing calculator which students are required to know for the AP Calculus exam. 
  • demonstrate proficiency in solving both multiple-choice and free-response AP problems. 
  • Become familiar with the materials available at AP Central.

Register for the 2014 Calculus AB:  First Time workshop online. -Register now with a credit card.

Rose Gundacker


Rose Gundacker taught AP Calculus, both AB and BC, for twenty years at Rosemount High School. She has been involved in the grading of AP exams since 1998 as a reader, table leader, question team member, and question leader. She has been a College Board* consultant since 1999, conducting summer workshops and one-day workshops throughout the Midwest. She is presently teaching Calculus part time at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.


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