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Welcome to AP Calculus AB! My name is Tosh Demsey and Ill be your instructor for this class. I look forward to getting to know you and helping you learn more about the fascinating language of mathematics. Language? Doesnt that just refer to subjects like English, Spanish, and French? Usually it does, but mathematics has a lot of things in common with linguistic languages. For example, mathematics has its own vocabulary and its own grammatical rules about how to communicate to others in writing and speech. Mathematics is not only the language of science, it is the language of patterns, logic, and abstract thought that provides a great deal of insight into the world around us. While you may think of mathematics as just memorizing a bunch of formulas, there is a lot of room for creativity in mathematics. There is often more than one way to arrive at the correct solution, and I encourage you to use both sides of your brain in this course. Think of today as the beginning of a journey. Ill be your guide.
Tosh Demsey
toshdemsey@cusd.com
You can find classroom handouts, videos of classroom notes, and online resources to help you in this course at: http://www.mrdemsey.com
Course Description
This course is an introductory course in calculus that is designed to prepare you to take the Calculus AB Advanced Placement examination. The course will incorporate many aspects of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry and introduce the concepts of limits, differentiating, integrating, and many applications.
Recommended Course materials
Graphing calculator (TI84 plus recommended $88 at HYPERLINK "http://www.walmart.com" www.walmart.com)
(TINspire, TI89, or TI83 plus also okay)
Graphing paper
Notebook paper
3ring binder(s) for portfolio
Course Outline
Prerequisite Chapter
Goal: You will review the basic concepts of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry that will be needed for this course.
Chapter 1: Limits
Goal: You will understand the concepts of limits and continuity and be able to solve limit problems graphically and analytically.
Chapter 2: Differentiation
Goal: You will learn how to apply the various methods of explicit and implicit differentiation and be able to apply them to solve related rate problems and problems involving motion in a straight line.
Chapter 3: Applications of the Derivative
Goal: You will understand how to interpret derivatives from an analytical, graphical, and numerical perspective. You will also be able to use derivatives to solve applied problems involving optimization.
Chapter 4: Antiderivatives and Integration
Goal: You learn how to use antiderivatives to evaluate indefinite and definite integrals. You will also learn how to use approximation methods to estimate the value of definite integrals with numerical and graphical applied problems.
Chapter 5: Exponenential, Logarithmic, Inverse Functions; Solving Differential Equations and Slope Fields
Goal: You will be able to find derivatives and integrals involving logarithmic and exponential functions. You will be able to use separation of variables and integration to solve simple differential equations and be able to sketch slope fields to sketch the general and particular solutions to differential equations.
Chapter 6: Area, Volume, Separation of Variables, and Applications of Integration and Differentiation Using the Graphing Calculator
Goal: You will be able to use the definite integral to find area, volume, and other applications. You will be able to use a graphing calculator to assist you in analyzing realworld applications of integration and differentiation.
Grading guidelines
Your grade will consist of the following components:
70% Assessments (Exams & Project)
There will be an exam at the end of each chapter. Exams will NOT be graded on a curve. There will be a end of year final during the second semester. There will be a project during the second semester after the AP Exam.
25% Homework
Every homework assignment is required to have your name, period of class, and problem set #. You are to attach the cover sheet containing the problems to the top of your homework assignment. You are also expected to have good penmanship so that both you and I can easily read what you write. You are required to show all your work. See Mr. Demseys Homework Rubric for detailed point breakdown of homework assignments.
5% Participation, Behavior, Attendance (PBA) and Portfolio
You are expected to come to class ontime and prepared with the materials listed above. You are expected to fully participate in all classroom discussion, individual and group work, and other classroom activities including taking notes. You are also expected to follow the classroom and school rules. Each day you will receive PBA points based upon your fulfillment of these requirements. Any unexcused absence will count as 0 PBA points for that day. See Mr. Demseys PBA Rubric for detailed point breakdown. Your portfolio is the collection of all homework assignments, notes, exams, handouts, etc. for this class. To receive full credit, the portfolio must be neat, complete, and organized chronologically. Portfolios will be graded at the end of each semester.
Grading Scale
97.5% A+ 92.5% A 90.0% A
87.5% B+ 82.5% B 80.0% B
77.5% C+ 72.5% C 70.0% C
67.5% D+ 62.5% D 60.0% D
<60.0% F
Review Sessions for the Final and AP Calculus AB Exam
In the weeks leading up to the AP Calculus AB Exam (Wednesday May 9, 2012), I will hold several review sessions in my classroom to help prepare you for both the AP Calculus AB Exam and the Final. These will primarily be held during the week afterschool in my classroom with some held on Saturdays. You will be required to attend at least 10 hours of review sessions that will contribute to the homework portion of your grade with hours above and beyond 10 hours earning extra credit. If you are unable to attend 10 hours of review sessions, you must let Mr. Demsey know so that you can complete alternate assignments instead.
Mr. Demseys Classroom Rules
Every student has the right to a good learning environment in class. To ensure that all students have this opportunity, the following rules are set forth:
Treat everyone and their property respectfully.
Always do your best and never give up.
Be on task and stay on task.
No profanity or inappropriate language.
Bring the course materials with you to class.
This is a foodfree and drinkfree classroom except water or drinks in spillresistant containers.
No cheating or copying on exams or homework. Doing so will result in an automatic zero on the assignment and parental notification. One exception: if you are absent, you may copy the missed class notes from a reliable fellow student.
Restroom policy
You are permitted to leave class to use the restroom, blow your nose, get a drink of water, etc. during class time up to 5 times during each semester. You must ask permission from Mr. Demsey prior to leaving class, you must take the restroom pass with you, and you should not be out of class for more than 10 minutes. You will receive extra credit at the end of each semester for each of the 5 times you do not use.
Policies on missed homework/exams
The number of days you are absent is the number of days (after you return) you have to receive full credit for homework. For example, if you are absent Monday and Tuesday, you have until Friday to turn in the missed assignments. If you are absent for an extended period of time, talk to Mr. Demsey to set up a reasonable due date. If you miss an exam, you must take a makeup exam on the designated day. Failure to do so will result in a zero on the exam. A retake exam will only be allowed if you take the original exam on the date of the original exam. If you know in advance that you will be absent, please notify Mr. Demsey as soon as possible (preferably at least three days in advance of your first absence) so that you can receive the assignments that you will miss.
Mr. Demseys Office Hours
For my students who would like to receive additional help with math outside of normal class time.
Tuesday: Lunch & Afterschool until 4:00 p.m.Wednesday: Lunch & Afterschool until 4:00 p.m.Thursday: Lunch & Afterschool until 4:00 p.m.
Mr. Demsey reserves the right to make changes to this syllabus upon notification of all students.
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