AP Calculus

  • AP Calculus


    INSTRUCTOR:          Mrs Hancock

    ROOM:                       1143

     EMAIL:                     beth.hancock@hopkins.kyschools.us


    TEXTBOOK: Calculus with Analytic Geometry, 8th ed., Larson, Hostetler, and Edwards.



    In a nutshell, calculus is about rates of change and accumulation and how these two concepts are connected to one another.  If something moves or changes, calculus can be used to describe it.  Throughout this course, we will be exploring some of the many real-life applications of calculus in science (not just physics!), engineering, social sciences and economics. 

    In addition to learning calculus, this course is specifically designed to prepare you for the AP Calculus exam in May.  The topics that are covered on the exam are:  functions, graphs, and limits; derivatives; integrals; and polynomial approximations and series.

    To succeed in this class and on the AP exam, I have the following advice:

    1. Participate in class!  MATHEMATICS IS NOT A SPECTATOR SPORT!
    2. Make sure you save time to do your homework every day.  In the free-response section of the AP exam, you need to show your work clearly to receive full credit.  Writing good solutions takes practice.  The more time and effort you put into these kinds of questions when doing your homework, the easier they will be when it comes time for the big test. J
    3. If you cannot answer a question immediately, do not give up!  Read the question again, and look for examples.  Sometimes it helps to leave the problem for a while and try again later.  Do not be afraid to ask questions in class or talk to me or your classmates when you do not understand something.  While you are expected to learn some of the material by reading, school is designed so that you don't have to learn everything by yourself.



    It is very important that you attend class every day.  It can get very difficult to keep up on what we are discussing when you are a few days behind.  If you must be absent, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to check with me or a fellow classmate and see what you missed when you were gone. I will allow you 2 days to turn in a late assignment or make up a quiz due to an absence.  You have 1 week to make up a missed test due to an absence.  After that time you cannot make up the test or quiz, unless prior arrangements have been made with me.  Getting to class on time is also very important.  Since we will begin activities as soon as the bell rings, you need to be here on time.  If you are tardy to class, I will follow the progressive tardy policy, which appears in your Agenda.


                Both students and teacher have the right to go about learning and teaching in an environment free from disruption and interference.  Therefore, you are expected to follow these four rules of conduct:

    1.  Come to class prepared to learn with appropriate materials.

                *  Be in the classroom and ready to begin when the bell rings.

                *  Bring all materials needed for successful learning.

    2.  Participate fully in class.

                *  Follow directions for lessons and classroom procedures.

                *  Attend class and actively engage in all activities.

    3.  Be respectful of all members of this class- yourself, your classmates, and the teacher

                *  Be courteous and pay attention during class presentations by the teacher or your                       classmates.

                *  Accept and respect others when working in small groups.
      4.  Be in your seat before the tardy bell rings


    1. Work only on Calculus during class. 
    2. Bring all materials needed daily.
    3. Ask for extra help, if needed.  Schedule a time to meet with instructor or with a classmate in order to receive any additional help.
    4. Do homework daily and give it your all!  You are welcome to ask questions about homework, but you may be asked your approach on solving the problem before your question is answered.
    5. Homework should be neat and easy to follow.
    6. If you are asked to work on a problem, jump in there and do your best to solve it!
    7. Expect your teacher to work in a coaching capacity, which means she will expect you to use a little “elbow grease” to solve a problem instead of answering you immediately.
    8. Encourage and support other students when they are working a problem for the class. 

    1. I will make every effort to make this course a very challenging, yet exciting course.
    2. I will vary the methods of instruction.
    3. I will expose each student to the concepts set forth in the AP Calculus syllabus.
    4. I will expose each student to “AP type” questions and how AP grades these questions.
    5. I will plan for adequate time to review all material so that students have an opportunity to put all concepts together.
    6. I will work diligently to create a positive, fun atmosphere.

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