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AP Calculus

2018-2019, Poudre High School


Ms. Lindstrom
Contact: ansley@rams.colostate.edu

PHILOSOPHY
As a teacher, I will provide a safe environment that optimizes learning and student growth. I will be clear
with what is expected of you and will put forth the mutual effort to help you succeed in this class. Help
and guidance will always be available, all you have to do is ask. In order for our classroom to be safe and
free thinking, mutual respect between all is an unwavering requirement. All students’ interests, strengths,
differences, and cultural backgrounds are welcomed and valued.

COURSE DESCRIPTION
This will be a challenging course designed to develop understanding of the big ideas in calculus in the
same manner as a college-level calculus class. Students may receive college level credit for this course
through the advanced placement testing program at the end of the year. Topics to be covered include:
limits, derivatives, integrals and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, and series.

COURSE OBJECTIVES
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1. Work with functions represented in a variety of ways: graphical, numerical, analytical, or verbal.
2. Understand the meaning of the derivative in terms of a rate of change a local linear approximation and
should be able to use derivatives to solve a variety of problems.
3. Understand the meaning of the definite integral both as a limit of Riemann sums and as the net
accumulation of a rate of change and should be able to use integrals to solve a variety of problems.
4. Understand the relationship between the derivative and the definite integral as expressed in both parts of
the fundamental theorem of calculus.
5. Communicate mathematics both orally and in well-written sentences and should be able to explain
solutions to problems.
6. Model a written description of a physical situation with a function or integral.
7. Use technology to help solve problems, experiment, interpret results, and verify conclusions.
8. Determine the reasonableness of solutions, including sign, size, relative accuracy, and units of
measurement.
9. Develop an appreciation of calculus as a coherent body of knowledge and as a human accomplishment.
ACADEMIC HONESTY
Any work submitted from a student MUST be the work of their own. Any work deemed to be taken from
another student will be unacceptable and will result in either an alternative assignment/exam or a zero for
the work.

CLASS POLICIES AND EXPECTATIONS


1. Be on time, prepared, and ready to work at the beginning of class.
2. No calculators allowed or needed.
3. Respect must be mutual for all parties. As this is a college-level course you will be expected to behave like
adults and treated as such.
4. Self agency is key to success. Do your homework and study for tests/quizzes/projects and give yourself
enough time.
5. If you didn’t understand the assignment, ask for help. :)
6. If you didn’t study for the test, accept the grade and resolve to do better (with my help if necessary) next
time.
7. Always remember that I am here to teach you, inspire you and to help you grow. I’ll do my part, but the
rest is up to you.
8. Cell phones must be put away during the entire period. Pay attention.

ATTENDANCE
Attendance in this class is mandatory to do well. Do not take the AP exam if you miss a lot of school!
You should miss no more than 10% of the days in this class (no more than twice a month). Anything
more than will come with the natural consequences of not being able to understand the material. You
cannot learn if you are not in class paying attention.
It is your responsibility to ask for any make-up work after missing class and discuss a plan for
completion. If you know you will be gone, ask for the work ahead of time.

ASSIGNMENTS
● Tests and Quizzes – 100 points for tests; 20 points for quizzes
After finishing specific topics, announced quizzes and tests will be given to test students
understanding.
● Daily Homework - up to 5 points per each assignment checked
Daily assignments are due the next class unless otherwise stated. Homework must be done
completely, on time, and in the form modeled in class to receive credit.
● Notebook – 50 points per quarter
A 3 ring binder notebook containing all class notes, homework assignments, papers and
worksheets is required. Each nine weeks the notebook will be graded using the following
categories:
Notes – 15 points Neatness – 5 points
Assignments – 10 points Organization – 15 points
On time – 5 points

Final grades are calculated by dividing the total points earned by the total points possible.

The grading scale is as follows:


A : 90-100
B : 80-89
C : 70-79
D : 69-60
F : 0-59
No extra credit will be given.

The following signatures state that all parties are aware of the preceding syllabus for AP Calculus with
Ms. Lindstrom

Student Signature________________________________________Date_______________

Parent/Gardian Signature________________________________Date_______________

Teacher Signature________________________________________Date_______________