AP U.S. Government and Politics
Students in this course will walk in the footsteps of Newton and Leibnitz.
An interactive course framework combines with the exciting online course delivery to make calculus an adventure. The course includes a study of limits, continuity, differentiation, and integration of algebraic, trigonometric, and transcendental functions; the applications of derivatives and integrals; infinite series; parametric equations; and polar equations.
An Advanced Placement (AP) course in calculus consists of a full high school year of work that is comparable to calculus courses in colleges and universities. It is expected that students who take an AP course in calculus will seek college credit, college placement, or both, from institutions of higher learning.
Most colleges and universities offer a sequence of several courses in calculus, and entering students are placed within this sequence according to the extent of their preparation, as measured by the results of an AP examination or other criteria.
Note: content varies depending on the course version. For currently enrolled students, please refer to the syllabus located in the course information area for curriculum specifics.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of limits and continuity by evaluating functions for continuity and using analytic, graphing and numerical methods to calculate limits of functions.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental properties of differentiation by explaining derivatives as rates of change, calculating derivatives using differentiation rules, and estimating derivatives of polynomials, trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of differentiation in composite, implicit, and inverse functions by differentiating composite functions, calculating derivatives of implicit and inverse functions, and calculating higher-order derivatives.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of contextual applications of differentiation by interpreting derivatives in motion, analyzing rates and related rates of change, and approximating values of functions using local linearity and linearization.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of applications of differentiation by calculating first and second derivatives, analyzing graph characteristics using the first and second derivatives, solving optimization problems, and analyzing implicit relations of functions.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of integration and accumulation of change by explaining how the Fundamental Theorem connects differentiation and integration, calculating integrals using a variety of techniques, and evaluating improper integrals.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of differential equations by analyzing slope fields, solving differential equations using separation of variables, solving differential equations involving exponential and logistic growth and decay models, and estimating solutions to differential equations using Euler’s Method.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of integration applications by solving real-world applications and calculating applications involving area and volume.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of parametric, polar, and vector-valued equations by defining parametric and vector-valued functions to define planar motion, solving motion problems, and calculating area between two polar curves.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of infinite sequences and series by evaluating the convergence and divergence of a series, calculating and estimating the sum of a series, and constructing and using Taylor Polynomials.
AP Course & Exam Registration Requirements
College Board requires students to register for AP exams no later than November 13th (individual schools may set earlier deadlines).
All VLACS AP students are required to enroll in the “course only” section in My AP. Instructions for joining My AP will be posted on each VLACS course page and instructors are available to help with this process.
Students who plan to take the corresponding AP exam must arrange to take the exam at a local school that administers it. To register for an AP Exam, the local school will enroll the student in an “exam only” section in My AP. Students should follow these steps:
Please note that, if a school allows a student to register after the 11/13 deadline, there will be a $40 late exam fee. There will also be a $40 canceled/unused exam fee if a student registers and then cancels his/her exam or if the student does not show up on test day.
More information is available on the College Board’s website: https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/
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