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MAC6130T: APCalBC+ (2014-2015)

CURRICULUM PROGRAM: Virtual School Program
CALENDAR YEAR: 2014-2015
SUGGESTED PREPARATION: Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry

Major Concepts/Content:

AP Calculus BC provides a deeper understanding of the fundamental concepts and methods of single-variable calculus developed in AP Calculus AB. There is a continued emphasis on calculus applications and techniques, with the use of multiple representations including graphic, numeric, analytic, algebraic, and verbal and written responses. Topics of study include: functions (including parametric, polar and vector), limits, derivatives, the interpretation and application of integrals, and polynomial approximations and series. Technology is an integral part of the course and includes the use of graphing calculators, computers, and data analysis software. On a regular basis, graphing calculators are used to explore, discover, and reinforce concepts of calculus.

Though our system has an open enrollment policy, students should understand that this course is designed to be a fourth-year mathematics course and the equivalent of a year-long, college-level course in single variable calculus. The course requires a solid foundation of topics in advanced algebra, geometry, trigonometry, analytic geometry, and elementary functions. The breadth, pace, and depth of material covered exceeds the standard high school mathematics course, as does the college-level textbook, and time and effort required of students. AP Calculus BC is an extension of AP Calculus AB, and provides the equivalent of a second course in a college calculus sequence, while AP Calculus AB provides the equivalent of the first course in a college calculus sequence. Students are expected to take the AP Calculus BC Exam at the end of this course.

DoDEA Math Standards

Course Objectives:

As a result of successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Develop an in-depth understanding of major topics of calculus including functions, limits, derivatives, integrals, and polynomial approximations and series.
  • Incorporate multiple representations of functions using graphic, numeric, analytic, algebraic, and verbal and written responses, and understand the connections among these representations.
  • Construct an understanding of derivatives as an instantaneous rate of change, applications of derivatives as functions, and use various techniques to solve problems including local approximations.
  • Understand definite integrals as a limit of Riemann sums, and as the net accumulation of sums, and use them to solve a variety of problems.
  • Develop an understanding of the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus as a relationship between derivatives and definite integrals.
  • Understand the concept of a series as a sequence of partial sums, and use the Power series and Taylor polynomial approximations and series.
  • Analyze parametric, polar, and vector functions through the use of parametric equations, polar coordinates, and derivatives and applications of these functions.
  • Use graphing calculators to problem solve, experiment with ‘what if’ hypotheses, display and interpret results, and justify conclusions.
  • Make sense of and determine the reasonableness of solutions including units of measurement.
  • Develop an appreciation for an historical perspective of calculus.

Course Outline
  • Limits of functions (including one-sided limits)
  • Asymptotic and unbounded behavior
  • Continuity as a property of functions I
  • Concept of the derivative
  • Derivative at a point
  • Derivative as a function
  • Second derivatives
  • Applications of derivatives
  • Computation of derivatives
  • Interpretations and properties of definite integrals
  • Applications of integrals
  • Fundamental Theorem of Calculus
  • Techniques of antidifferentiation
  • Applications of antidifferentiation
  • Numerical approximations to definite integrals
  • Concept of series  
  • Series of constants  
  • Taylor series

Essential Software:


There is no textbook required for this course. All instructional content is available online within the course.

For reference purposes:

  • Finney, R. L., Demana, F.D., Waits, B.K., and Kennedy, D. (2003). Calculus: Graphical, numerical, algebraic, AP Edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education-Prentice Hall.
  • Finney, R. L., Demana, F.D., Waits, B.K., and Kennedy, D. (2003). Technology resources manual for calculus: Graphical, numerical, algebraic. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education-Prentice Hall.
  • Hockett, Shirley O., Bock, David (2002). Barron’s How to Prepare for the AP Calculus AP Examination, 7th edition. Hauppauge, NY: Barron’s Educational Series, Inc.

Required materials:

Graphing calculators are required by the College Board. Students may use any approved model; most use the TI-83+ or TI-89

Course Notes: Weighted - Must Take AP Exam