AP Calculus BC Course Outline
Calculus BC can be provided by those schools who are capable to complete all the prerequisites that are required, before the course. Calculus BC is a full-year course in the calculus of functions of a single variable. It consist of all the topics included in Calculus AB and extra additional topics. Both courses represent college-level mathematics for which most colleges grant AP and credit. Calculus BC content is aimed to design, to qualify a student for placement and credit in a course that is one course wider that granted for Calculus AB.
Course Goals: Students should be able to:
- Work with functions showed in a variety of ways like: Graphical, numerical, analytical, or verbal. You should be able to understand the connections among these representations.
- Understand the meaning of the derivative in terms of a rate of change and local linear approximation and you should be able to use derivatives to solve a variety of different problems.
- Understand the meaning of the definite integral both as a limit of Riemann sums and as the net accumulation of change and you should be able to use integrals to solve a variety of different problems.
- Understand the relationship between the derivative and the definite integral as expressed in parts of the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.
- Integrate as well as communicate mathematics both orally and in well-written sentences and you should be able to explain solutions of questions.
- Model a written description of a physical situation with a function, a differential equation, or an integral.
- Technological advancement for problem solving, experiment, interpretation of results and verification of conclusions.
- Determine the reasonableness of solutions like sign, size, relative accuracy, and units of measurement.
- Appreciation of calculus as a coherent body of knowledge and as a human accomplishment.
The outline for Calculus BC also includes all Calculus AB topics. Topics that are additional are marked with a plus sign ( + ) or an asterisk ( * ). The topics covered in the course are quoted below:
Functions, Graphs, and Limits-
- Analysis of Graphs
- Limits of Functions (incl. One-sided limits)
- Asymptotic and Unbounded Behavior
- Continuity as a Property of Functions
- Parametric, Polar, and Vector Functions
- 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
Polynomial Approximations and Series
- Concept of Series
- Series of constants
- Taylor Series