• AP CALCULUS BC

     
    Teacher: Mrs. Janelle Fox

    Room:  411

    Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus with an A, plus teacher recommendation.

     

    Course Description: AP Calculus BC is an introductory course in single-variable calculus that would be considered an "honors" course by university standards as it compresses the standard two-semesters (or three quarters) of introductory calculus into just eight months of education.  It covers a variety of topics, which are aligned to follow the guidelines put forward by the College Board for such a course (though extra enrichment topics are included as time and interest permits).  Following the rigors of the College Board guidelines, the course stimulates students towards an understanding of both concepts and calculations, as well as the GNAV (graphical, numerical, algebraic, verbal) approach to understanding mathematics.  The ultimate goal of the course is not just preparation of the student for the College Board exam but rather for the student's remaining mathematical career in college.  However, such preparation leads nearly all students to the taking of the AP Calculus BC examination in May.

     

    Materials Required:
    1.         Textbook: Calculus: Graphical, Numerical, Algebraic AP* Edition
                By Finney, Demana, Waits and Kennedy.  Prentice Hall, 2012.

    2.         Graphing calculator (TI-84 is most popular)

    3.         Lined paper and graph paper                           

    4.         Pencils and eraser, colored pen for correcting homework and warm-ups

    5.         Index cards (for flash cards)

                           

    Standard Grading Policy: Grades are based on tests, homework, quizzes, warm-up quizzes, notes and projects.  Tests account for 80% of the grade, homework accounts for 10%, and the other 10% may include, but is not limited to, quizzes, warm-up quizzes, notes, Free Response Practice, and projects.  At my discretion, at the end of the first semester, a decision will be made about dropping a non-zero test score.  For students to be eligible for this privilege, they must have completed 90% or more of their homework during the entire semester. Any student who has completed less than 90% of the homework will forfeit this privilege.  Second semester, dropping a low test score will not be available.

    Grading scale:                                                  

    A:         90 - 100%                                           

    B:         80 -  89%                                           

    C:         70 -  79%                                                                                            

    D:         60 -  69%                                           

    F:           0 -  59%
    Effort grades will be based on work turned in as follows:
    O:        90% or more turned in
    S:         80% or more turned in
    N:        70% or more turned in
    U:         less than 70% turned in
    Citizenship grades are based on classroom behavior.

     

    Homework Policy:  When homework is assigned, it is to be completed prior to the next class meeting.  The homework will be reviewed in class at the next class meeting and questions on problems will be answered at that time.  Each assignment is worth 10 points.  Students will receive a stamp and full credit if and only if the assignment is complete.  Late assignments will be accepted until the day of the test for that unit, for half credit. Once a chapter has been completed, no more late assignments will be accepted.
     

    Make-up Policy:  It is the responsibility of the student to find out what he or she missed during the absence.  Assignments can be found at the Los Al High webpage under my name. Missed assignments including quizzes, homework, notes and warm-ups must be made up within the same amount of days as were missed.  Missed tests will be taken before or after school as soon as possible, but always before the next test.  If a student is truant from class on a test day, they will be given a zero for that test.

    AP CCLCULUS BC EXAM: This year’s exam will be taken on Tuesday, May 5 in the morning.

    Preparation for the AP CALCULUS BC EXAM: For four to five weeks, beginning in late March, the class will begin a thorough review for the AP Exam.  This directly serves the students taking the AP Test, while indirectly aiding those not taking the exam by providing a foundation for their future mathematical work.

    1) Extra Review Sessions: Since we have so many full weeks of review, review sessions outside class time will most likely not be required.  Be advised, however, one Saturday will be set aside to sit for a full practice exam.

    2) Released Free Response Questions: Students will work through free response questions first by topic then year by year as part of the reviewing process.

    3) Supplemental Multiple Choice Questions: The class will practice multiple choice questions from review materials available and well as ones from released years of the AP Exam.  These will both be done by topic and then year by year as with the Free Response questions.

    4) Released AP Exam Multiple Choice Questions: We will go through multiple years of multiple choice questions in class. However these questions will have to be done in the classroom setting only as they are not released to leave the room.

    Attendance Policy and Dress Code: All Los Alamitos attendance policies, including truancies and tardies, will be followed and can be found in the Student and Parent Handbook.  The dress code, also found in the handbook, will be enforced.

    Cell Phone and iPod Policy:  All Los Alamitos cell phone and iPod policies will be followed and can be found in the Student and Parent Handbook.  In my classroom, this means cell phones will be off and put away during the entire period unless stated otherwise in specific circumstances.

    Cheating Policy:  Cheating is a very serious offense and will not be tolerated.  Students will abide by the Academic Code found in the Student and Parent Handbook.  A student who is in possession of, but not limited to, a cheat sheet, notes, copies of an exam, or their text book, during a testing situation is cheating.  If these items are found prior to the distribution of the test or quiz, it is considered “intent to cheat.”  The student will hand these items over and be allowed to take the test or quiz, but their grade will be lowered 10%.  If these items are found during the test or quiz, the student will receive a zero with no possibility of regaining any of those points.  They will also be referred to their counselor, the event noted on their permanent record and receive an N for citizenship.  The giving or receiving of information during a testing situation will have the same consequences listed above.

    Classroom Rules:

    We will just have one rule – RESPECT! Respect the classroom, respect the teacher, respect the class, respect each other, respect yourself!

     

    Conference period:  I have first period conference.  If you have any questions or concerns, e-mail is the best way to contact me at jfox@losal.org.  Phone messages may also be left at (562) 799 - 4780 ext. 82411.

     

    Students may come in after school, as I am available, if they need extra help.

                                                               

    Sincerely, Janelle Fox