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AP Calculus AB

Instructor:  Mrs. Brookshier. Deborah.brookshier@sweetwaterschools.org

Montgomery High School

Course Description: 

            Calculus AB is a course in single-variable calculus that includes techniques and applications of the derivative, techniques and applications of the definite integral, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.  It is equivalent to at least a semester of calculus at most colleges and universities.  Algebraic, numerical and graphical representations are emphasized throughout the course.

            So that students might better appreciate the connections among various representations, it is assumed that they will have access to graphing calculators in class and on homework.  To shift the emphasis from mere computation to a deeper understanding of concepts, *graphing calculators are required on half of the AP Examination.

            Prerequisites for the student include two ears of algebra and a year of geometry, plus a strong grounding in elementary functions and their graphs, including trigonometry.  Attitude prerequisites include a willingness to work both in out of class, a willingness to collaborate with classmates to foster mutual understanding, and a sincere intent to place out of the first semester of college calculus rather than repeat it.

Required Materials:  You will be expected to bring to class every day:

·      Homework

·      3-ring binder with paper or spiral bound notebook

·      pencil

·      graphing calculator*(can be checked out of the library)   *Required by the College Board for use on the AP Test

Scholarship

Tests

75%

Homework

15%

Quizzes

10%

Total

100%

 

A

100%-90%

B

89%-80%

C

79%70%

D

69%-65%

F

64%-0%

 

            Tests are given at the end of each chapter.  Students who are absent on test days will be allowed to take the test when they return to school.  Make-up tests will be offered for ½ credit.  Students who do not work in class are ineligible for make-up tests.

            An assignment list for the chapter will be handed out at the beginning of the chapter.  Assignments will be given daily and are due the next day.  Students are required to show work to receive full credit.  The deadline for late work will be the day of the test.  Late work will not receive full credit.

 

Citizenship:

Citizenship will be affected by a combination of factors:  conduct, participation, uncleared absences (truants), tardies, etc.  Make sure your absences are cleared as soon as you return to school.  THREE UNCLEARED ABSENCES WILL RESULT IN AN “F” INCITIZENSHIP.  You cannot earn an “A” in citizenship if you have uncleared absences or absences cleared by attending Saturday School. 

AP EXAM

            The AP exams are given during the first two weeks of May.  Review sessions will be held from January to April to help prepare for the AP Calculus exam.

            It may seem obvious to you, but studies show that enrollment in AP in honors classes do not predict success in college, but passing AP exams does.

·      It is expected that students will attend class daily and review sessions frequently.

·      It is expected that students will put in the time and effort necessary to prepare for the AP Calculus exam.

·      It is expected that students will take the AP Calculus exam.


Intermediate Algebra

Instructor:  Mrs. Brookshier. Deborah.brookshier@sweetwaterschools.org

Montgomery High School

Course Description: 

            Intermediate Algebra is the second year Algebra course.  Topics include solving systems of linear equations and inequalities, operations with polynomial expressions, solving quadratic equations, exponents and logarithms, conic sections, and discrete math.

Student Expectations and Consequences: 

            Three things that have a major impact on grade are:  

EFFORT, ATTITUDE AND ATTENDANCE

It is expected that students will work cooperatively when they are in class.  Talking through difficult concepts with another student is often a very powerful learning experience for both students.  Consequences for poor effort, attitude, and attendance can include not passing the class, detentions, and Saturday School.

 

Required Materials: 

·      You will be expected to bring to class every day:

·      Homework

·      3-ring binder with paper or spiral bound notebook (composition book for notes is optional)

·      pencil

Scholarship

Tests

50%

Quizzes

10%

End of Course

10%

Homework

10%

Participation

10%

Notes

10%

Total

100%

 

A

100%-90%

B

89%-80%

C

79%70%

D

69%=65%

F

64%-0%

 

            Tests are given at the end of each chapter.  Students who are absent on test days will be allowed to take the test when they return to school.  Make-up tests will be offered for ½ credit.  Students who do not work in class are ineligible for make-up tests.

            An assignment list for the chapter will be handed out at the beginning of the chapter.  Assignments will be given daily and are due the next day.  Students are required to show work to receive full credit.  The deadline for late work will be the day of the test.  Late work will not receive full credit.

 

Citizenship:

Citizenship will be affected by a combination of factors:  conduct, participation, uncleared absences (truants), tardies, etc.  Make sure your absences are cleared as soon as you return to school.  THREE UNCLEARED ABSENCES WILL RESULT IN AN “F” INCITIZENSHIP.  You cannot earn an “A” in citizenship if you have uncleared absences or absences cleared by attending Saturday School. 

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