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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.
  • Learn about the changes coming with the 2016 exam.

Register for the 2015 Calculus AB:  First Time workshop online.


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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