The first two weeks will be used to introduce the students to each other, the on-line software and the concepts of a VHS workweek. From week 3 on, the students will cover a minimum of two to three sections from the book in a week (depending on scheduled tests and workload), have group and individual homework assignments, and will visit the web to help find resources for answering questions in mathematics. Students will have the opportunity to do some labs that review material and vocabulary from algebra through pre-calculus. In addition, the following Labs will be offered, most as extra assignments for students who have the material in hand and have the time: Golf Balls I, Latitude, All Sports Pass, Coin Tossing, Golf Balls II, Oil Tanks, Conical Drinking Cup, Biorhythms and Powers of Sines and Cosines.
The majority of the work in this class will be homework assignments. This will consist of practice problems where students can access help from other students via established groups, and problems for credit, which is not group work. Each week the students are expected to submit a solution for Question of the Week, an AP Calculus exam question from a previous test. This will acquaint the students with the set up of the exam questions; the vocabulary and time limits imposed for answering AP Calculus exam questions. There are a number of activities to keep the students in touch with each other so they can use the entire knowledge of the class as a resource for answering questions or concerns.
There are several activities to help student search the web to find helpful calculus tutorials. Students will use the web resources they find to help them with problems that require immediate answers. Another activity will have students research the web and identify sites that will be useful for explaining mathematical problems. Through their research on the web, group work and an excellent text the students will be able to build a robust list of resources that will serve them throughout their academic career.
"This course consists of a full high school academic year of work that is comparable to calculus courses taken in college. It is expected that students who take an AP course in Calculus will seek college credit, college placement, or both, from institutes of higher learning". This quote and most of the following topics to be discussed come from The College Board's AP Calculus description, commonly called the "acorn book".
Students enrolled in Advanced Placement VHS courses are required to take the AP exam, and are required to report their AP examination scores to VHS (note: students who are failing their AP class are not required to take the exam). Upon receipt of the student's exam score, each score will be recorded by VHS and assigned an anonymous tracking number to ensure student anonymity and confidentiality. By enrolling in an AP VHS class, the student authorizes their school site coordinator and school administration to report AP examination scores to VHS. Exam results will not affect the student's VHS grade or future enrollment in VHS courses.
**Please Note: This course may not be appropriate for students with specific accessibility limitations. Please refer to the VHS Handbook policy on Special Education/Equity for more information. If you need additional assistance, please let us know at service.goVHS.org."