__Teacher__Mr. Jackson

wayne.jackson@murray.kyschools.us

__Textbook__Title: Calculus of a Single Variable

Edition: Eighth

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

Authors: Ron Larson, Robert Hostetler, and Bruce Edwards

__Other Required Materials__Graphing calculator

__Important Website__A. P. Central: http://apcentral.collegeboard.com

This site is the official College Board website. This site provides a course outline and sample A. P. Exam questions.

__Grading__Assignments and Homework: 20%

Formative Quizzes: 30%

Summative Tests: 50%

All assignments should be completed on time.

The formative quizzes are an assessment for learning. They will give the student an opportunity to evaluate how well they are mastering the material. Students will be able to self-assess their learning and then come before or after school to work problems similar to the ones they missed on the quiz. Students may earn up to half of the points back that they missed on the quiz.

The summative test is an assessment of learning. There will be no corrections after the summative test. Each student must be well-prepared in advance of this test., since there will be no, extra credit, or bonus points available.

__Brief Description of Course__In Calculus AB we will be studying calculus at the college level. We will learn definitions of and theorems about the derivative and the integral. We will tie these two branches of calculus together with the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. We will apply this knowledge to solve problems. We will cover the equivalent of at least one semester of calculus from most colleges and universities.

We will cover the entire AP Calculus AB curriculum. We follow the Calculus AB topic outline from apcentral.collegeboard.com. At the end of the course each student will be well prepared to succeed on the AP exam. But another goal that is just as important is for the student to be able to succeed in future college mathematics courses. Therefore, we do not rush through the curriculum but instead go at a pace that helps students develop an understanding of the ideas of calculus as well as learning the mechanics of calculus used to solve problems. It is important that students are able to communicate mathematically. To aid in this students will work in groups as well as independently. Informal study groups are often very helpful.

Students will answer open response questions that require the students to be able to clearly explain their solutions in writing. They must justify their answers using the correct mathematical language in their writing. Written communication is a vital part of each assignment and of each in-class assessment.

A graphing calculator is as essential to success in this class as paper and pencil. Students will learn the theory behind the major ideas of calculus. Then they will learn to use paper and pencil methods as well as graphing calculator methods to answer questions and solve problems. Students will use a calculator to experiment with and explore the characteristics of functions.

Students will be required to solve problems, experiment, interpret results, and support conclusions both with and without the use of a graphing calculator. Functions will be represented graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally. Students will communicate solutions and questions in writing and verbally. Students will answer open response questions that require the students to be able to clearly explain their solutions in writing. They must justify their answers using the correct mathematical language in their writing. Written communication is a vital part of each assignment and of each in-class assessment. Students will write explanations of the disc method, washer method, and shell method of finding volumes of solids of revolution in their own words. Students will use algebraic and transcendental functions in these applications. Students will write an explanation of L’Hopital’s Rule for finding limits in their own words.

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__iTunes U__I will make this class into an ITunes U class that you can access on any iphone, ipad, or ipod touch. You can request enrollment in this iTunes U class by following this url on your iOS device:

https://itunesu.itunes.apple.com/enroll/HXA-R6T-Q94

After I receive your request through iTunes U I will activate your enrollment. By doing this, you will be able to download videos of the lessons from class and have access to other materials I add such as the assignments for the unit.

__Sky Drive__The video lessons can also be accessed from my sky drive by using the following link: https://skydrive.live.com/#cid=99DB4DE5C5157F29&id=99DB4DE5C5157F29%21328

There is a Windows Media Player version of the lesson as well as a QuickTime version. So you can play the version that works best on your device.

__You Tube__The video lessons can also be accessed from my You Tube Channel using the following link: http://www.youtube.com/user/waynejacksonmurray or go to You Tube and search for waynejacksonmurray.