AP Calculus

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This is group is for those interested in or taking AP Calculus (both AB and BC). We encourage those who have already taken this class to participate and provide feedback to other students. We also welcome all AP Calc teachers.

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Karen Ru Karen Ru
Nov 25, 2018
I’m a junior and am taking BC this year. I took pre calc last year as a sophomore. So far, the material hasn’t been too bad. We’ve gone through limits, derivatives, optimization, and are starting integrals. What would you guys say the hardest topics of BC are and what is tested most on the AP test? We still have differential equations, applications of definite integrals, improper integrals, sequences, infinite series, and parametrics left.
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Students usually consider topic "Infinite series" as a most challenging part of AP Calculus BC course. I personally love teaching this topic, it is a very conceptual and interesting part of the course. Some parametric curves area problems from AP Test could be not straight forward as well: it takes time and enough practice to master your skills in this area.
2 weeks ago
Agree! Integrals was the most interesting for me and easier to understand
Polar curves is one of the challenging topics as well
I am an AP Calc BC veteran! If you need anything; notes, advice, or general concept help, let me know! Don’t hesitate, I don’t bite.
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1 month ago
I have a question: how do you study for tests?
1 month ago
My main form of studying is going over my homework and quizzes and redoing some of the problems. Most of the concepts, at least for my class, were the same thing as what was on the assigned homework and quizzes given. Also, skim over your class notes and if you see anything you don’t immediately understand, focus on those problems when you work the quiz and homework problems. It’s math, so it’s not like concepts change, but you must remember details to be successful. I wish you good luck on your test, but you probably won’t need it,l because you’re studying!
Not sure if I'm welcome here. :/
I have not taken AP Calculus, but taken Calculus at a college class. However, it's not considered AP in my school, it's honors. My school doesn't give out AP classes, just college classes.
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1 month ago
You are probably overqualified...but stay and help others!
1 month ago
ok lol
1 month ago
Yeah totally stay! You can help others with workload problems since AP Calc is a more intense than regular class. You have college course experience which is synonymous to work intensive, especially in high school. Also, since you’re more advanced you might have concept tricks or something similar to share!
Who here went straight from precal to Calc BC? I am doing it right now. The concepts aren't that much more difficult because I learned some calculus in pre-calc, but the sheer amount of coursework makes it much harder. Anyone else have the same experience?
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3 months ago
I skipped AB but our BC covers a lot of that material
3 months ago
Hi Jack,
I am AP Calculus teacher, and I would like to make it clear for you. Some schools have two separate courses: first Calc AB and then Calc BC. In some schools like mine students go straight to BC after precalc but our BC course covers all topics from AB and then BC materials . I just want to make sure that you do understand: you cannot go to BC Calculus without covering all topics from AB.
Please feel free to contact me should you have more questions.
What would you say are the very most important concepts you learned in AP Calculus?
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6 months ago
If you are comfortable with derivatives and integrals you will do fine - these are the key things to focus on imo
6 months ago
This year's exam was brutal...I dont think it is very easy to study the material at home. If you get differential calculus the rest makes sense for you otherwise you will struggle with the course
2 months ago
derivatives and integrals
Any comments on this year's AP Calc exam? Am taking it next year...
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6 months ago
Very difficult exam. Really have to spend few weeks preparing for it. Getting 4 or 5 is tough imo
6 months ago
Hi guys,
College board just released 2018 Free Response Questions.
Please see a link below:

apcentral.... lus-bc.pdf
Hi, I am on an accelerated math track at my school so I took Geo-Trig honors in 8th grade and signed up to take the AlgebraII/Precalc (H) in 9th grade. This puts me on the track for AP Calc Ab in 10th and AP Calc BC in 11th. I can take MVCalc etc starting 11th.

GeoTrig this year was hard. I will end up with a A- or so (my parents had to help me some). My parents are really encouraging me to step back and take Algebra II advanced in 9th so that I can take Precalc in 10th, AP Calc AB in 11th and so on. They think my current plan is too stressful and I am likely to do better in terms of GPA in the medium difficult track. Not sure yet, but my interests are most likely going to be bio related. Would you kindly give me some feedback? Thanks!
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8 months ago
As a calculus teacher I will support your parents idea - you still will have AP credit for Calc AB for your college applications, and you will be able to take BC in your senior year. You probably have some other AP classes as well - so do not overwhelm yourself with all mathematics courses.
8 months ago
Ann - agree with the comment above. If you are interested in bio you should focus on bio related classes, extracurriculars etc to make sure you are doing something that you actually enjoy and will likely pursue in college...
Taking AP Calc first semester junior year - is that ok? Or too early? Also, what is the best way to prepare over the summer?
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10 months ago
Junior year is a perfect time to take AP Calculus. What subject are you taking right now - Precalc? If your school are on a block schedule, and you will have AP Calc only for the first semester , make sure you practice on your own until May when you will be taking a Test. Regarding preparation in a summer: there is a great website Master Math Mentor. They have a lot of materials you can download for free including preparation for AP Calculus - please see a link below:
mastermath... Ready.ashx
Good Luck!
10 months ago
Thanks!