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Course Description

The learning goals in this class are:

  • to understand and explain calculus computational procedures and concepts graphically, numerically, symbolically and verbally.
  • to earn a score of  3, 4 or 5 on the AP exam (Tuesday a.m., May 15th)
  • to earn college credit for UConn's Math 1131Q and 1132Q.
  • to meet the school-wide academic expectations for which the mathematics department is responsible.

At the conclusion of this course, you should know:

  • various methods for evaluating limits of functions.
  • various methods for evaluating derivatives and integrals of functions and relations.
  • how to apply the derivative as a limit, a slope, and a rate of change.
  • how to apply the integral as an area and a tool for solving differential equations.
  • the importance and limitations of numerical methods in mathematics using a calculator or computer.

... and be able to:

  • use calculus techniques to analyze and solve problems from a variety of fields including economics, biology, chemistry, physics and engineering.
  • use a computer or graphing calculator to explore concepts and solve related problems.
  • solve all types of AP exam problems. 
  • utilize calculus techniques as a tool for understanding the world around them. 

These resources will be used to facilitate your achievement of the above goals:

  • Book: Single Variable Calculus 4th Ed by Smith and Minton
  • Internet (homework and links can be found at http://math.grenfellmusic.net
  • Released AP exam problems
  • Multiple AP practice exams
  • Computer Presentations

Assessment methods will include:

  • Tests: These assessments are given at the end of each unit of study.
  • Quizzes: These are more frequent and smaller assessments.
  • Projects: One or two projects will be assigned each quarter.  These are usually in-depth, practical applications of recently introduced skills.
  • Homework: Most assignments will be completed using an online homework system called WeBWork (links to this system are on Mr. Grenfell's webpage). If a student does not have access to the internet, he or she can request hard copies of the assignments. Each assignment stays open for multiple days. Questions can be emailed to Mr. Grenfell using the WeBWork system, but these questions may not get answered until the next school day. Because of this, starting an assignment the night before it is due will eliminate extra help opportunities.
  • Midterm and Final Exam

The grades for each quarter will be computed as follows:

(click here for the college grade calculation)

  • Tests:                   40%
  • Quizzes:               30%
  • Projects:              20%
  • Homework:         10%

The final grades will be computed as follows:

  • First Quarter:        20%
  • Second Quarter:    20%
  • Midterm Exam:     10%
  • Third Quarter:       20%
  • Fourth Quarter:     20%
  • Final Exam:             10%

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

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