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.
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.
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.