AP Calculus AB

AP Calculus AB (Besso)
Full year

Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus with a C or better (a ‘B’ or better is highly recommended). 

The coursework includes limits, continuity, and the derivative and integral of algebraic, trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions. In addition, applications of differential and integral calculus are explored, including rates of change, optimization problems, area and volumes of rotation. Graphing calculators are required, and are used to explore the concepts graphically and numerically, in addition to analytic analysis.

Watch the video below to see why calculus is so important.

The end-of-year project involves designing a goblet of a specified volume using solids of revolution and lots of calculus.

Scoring a 3,4 or 5 on the AP Exam (taken in May) earns 4 credit hours of college credit at many colleges.

Link to the Collegeboard AP Calculus AB website for more information.


Transferable skills addressed:


Use a range of tools, including technology, to solve problems.

Critical Thinking Apply knowledge

Who should take this course? Students who think they may have any interest in pursuing ANY STEM field, including PreMed, Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, etc. Also if you are "undecided" in what you want to do, you should take the most challenging math classes available so as to not close any doors. Challenge yourself!