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Important Updates

2019-20 AP Course Audit: What You’ll Need to Do

To give you more time to familiarize yourself with the new resources and supports launching in August, you won’t be required to submit a syllabus for course authorization until the 2020-21 school year.

If you’re teaching a new AP Calculus AB course in 2019-20, you’ll need to:

  • Submit a subject-specific AP Course Audit Form
  • Download the AP Calculus AB unit guide

If you’re teaching a previously authorized AP Calculus AB course, make sure your school administrator renews your course in 2019-20.

These steps will ensure that your course appears on the AP Course Ledger and you have access to online score reports in July 2020.

AP Course Audit

All schools that want to label a course “AP” must get authorization through the AP Course Audit.

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Designing Your AP Calculus AB Course

Overview

The AP Calculus AB course should be designed by your school to provide students with a learning experience equivalent to that of a college course in single-variable calculus. Your Calculus AB course needs to develop students’ understanding of the concepts of calculus and provide experience with its methods and applications. The course should emphasize a multi-representational approach to calculus, with concepts, results, and problems being expressed graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally. In addition, the connections among these representations should be highlighted.

Before studying calculus, students should complete four years of secondary mathematics designed for college-bound students; in these courses, they should study algebra, geometry, trigonometry, analytic geometry, and elementary functions. These functions include those that are linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, inverse trigonometric, and piecewise defined. In particular, before studying calculus, students must be familiar with the properties of functions, the algebra of functions, and the graphs of functions. Students must also understand the language of functions (domain and range, odd and even, periodic, symmetry, zeros, intercepts, and so on) and know the values of the trigonometric functions of the numbers 0, π/6, π/4, π/3, π/2, and their multiples.

 

Getting to Know the Course and Exam

The key document for each AP course is the course and exam description. Start by reviewing it to understand the objectives and expectations of the AP course and exam.

AP Calculus AB and AP Calculus BC Course and Exam Description

This is the core document for this course and is updated for the 2019-20 school year. New unit guides clearly lay out the course content and skills and recommend sequencing and pacing for them throughout the year. The CED also more clearly outlines how material will be assessed on the exam, provides instructional strategies, and gives information on the AP Program in general.

Course Requirements

Use these resources to design your AP Calculus AB syllabus.

 

AP Calculus AB curricular requirements:

  • The students and teacher have access to a college-level calculus textbook, in print or electronic format.
  • The course provides opportunities to develop student understanding of the required content outlined in each of the units described in the course and exam description.
  • The course provides opportunities to develop student understanding of the big ideas.
  • Students and teachers have access to a college-level calculus textbook.
  • The course provides opportunities for students to develop the skills related to following mathematical practices:
    • Mathematical Practice 1: Implementing Mathematical Processes
    • Mathematical Practice 2: Connecting Representations
    • Mathematical Practice 3: Justification
    • Mathematical Practice 4: Communication and Notation
  • Students have access to graphing calculators and opportunities to use them to solve problems and to explore and interpret calculus concepts.
  • The course provides opportunities for students to use calculus to solve real-world problems.

AP Calculus AB resource requirements:

  • The school ensures that each student has a college-level calculus textbook (in print or electronic format) for individual use inside and outside the classroom. The textbook is supplemented when necessary to meet the curricular requirements.
  • The school ensures that the teacher has a copy of the most recent edition of a college-level calculus textbook or other appropriate materials to support instruction.
  • The school ensures each student has a graphing calculator for individual use inside and outside of the classroom, with all required capabilities listed in the AP Calculus Course and Exam Description.

The list below represents examples of textbooks that meet the resource requirements of AP Calculus AB and have met or exceed the required alignment to the learning objectives and skills in the course curriculum framework. The list is not exhaustive and the texts listed should not be regarded as endorsed, authorized, recommended, or approved by the College Board. Not using a book from this list does not mean that a course will not receive authorization. Syllabi submitted as part of the AP Course Audit process will be evaluated holistically, with textbooks considered along with supplementary, supporting resources to confirm that the course as a whole provides students with the content delineated in the curricular requirements of the AP Course Audit.

  • The Charles A. Dana Center. Agile Mind Calculus AB. Agile Mind.
  • Anton, Howard, Irl Bivens, and Stephen Davis. Calculus: Early Transcendentals, Single Variable. 10th Edition. Wiley.
  • Anton, Howard, et al. Calculus, AP® Edition - Calculus AB. 11th edition. Wiley.
  • Anton, Howard, et al. Calculus. 10th edition. Wiley.
  • Anton, Howard, et al. Calculus: Single Variable. 10th edition. Wiley.
  • Dietiker, Kysh, Sallee, Hoey. Calculus. 2nd edition. CPM.
  • Dietiker, Kysh, Sallee, Hoey. Calculus- AP Calculus AB. 3rd Edition. CPM Educational Program.
  • Hughes-Hallett, Deborah, et al. Calculus: Single and Multivariable, AP® Edition. 7th edition. Wiley.
  • Hughes-Hallett, Deborah, et al. Calculus: Single and Multivariable. 6th edition. Wiley.
  • Hughes-Hallett, Deborah, et al. Calculus: Single Variable. 6th edition. Wiley.
  • Larson, Ron, and Bruce H. Edwards. Calculus National Geographic/Cengage Learning.
  • Larson, Ron, and Paul Battaglia. Calculus for AP®. 1st edition. National Geographic/Cengage Learning.
  • Larson, Ron, and Bruce H. Edwards. Calculus of a Single Variable National Geographic/Cengage Learning.
  • Larson, Ron, and Bruce H. Edwards. Calculus: Early Transcendental Functions National Geographic/Cengage Learning.
  • Larson, Ron, and Bruce H. Edwards. Calculus of a Single Variable: Early Transcendental Functions. National Geographic/Cengage Learning.
  • Rogawski, Jon. Rogawski’s Calculus for AP®. 2nd edition. Bedford, Freeman and Worth Publishing Group.
  • Stewart, James. Calculus. National Geographic/Cengage Learning.
  • Stewart, James. Calculus: Early Transcendentals. National Geographic/Cengage Learning.
  • Stewart, James. Single Variable Calculus. National Geographic/Cengage Learning.
  • Stewart, James. Single Variable Calculus: Early Transcendentals. National Geographic/Cengage Learning.
  • Stewart, James and Stephen Kokoska, Calculus for AP®: A Complete Course 1st edition. National Geographic/Cengage Learning.
  • Sullivan, Michael, and Kathleen Miranda. Calculus for the AP® Course. 2nd edition. Bedford, Freeman and Worth Publishing Group.