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Important Updates

2020-21 AP Course Audit: What You’ll Need to Do

If you’re teaching an AP Calculus BC course for the first time in 2020-21, you’ll need to submit two items:

  • A subject-specific AP Course Audit form
  • Documentation showing your understanding of course scope—choose 1 of 4 options:
    • adopt a sample syllabus
    • adopt the AP unit guides
    • claim identical to a colleague’s approved syllabus
    • submit your own course syllabus for review (For help creating your syllabus, sign in to your AP Course Audit account and click on the Resource section.)

If you’re teaching a previously authorized AP Calculus BC course, you won’t need to submit anything. Your school administrator can simply renew your course for 2020-21.

Once authorized, you’ll receive:

  • Access to AP Classroom (practice exams, formative assessments, etc.) in July 2020
  • Inclusion in the AP Course Ledger published in November 2020
  • Access to online score reports in July 2021

Getting to Know the AP Calculus BC Course

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 course and exam.

AP Calculus AB and BC Course and Exam Description (.pdf/7.9MB)

 

Your course must fulfill these requirements.

AP Calculus BC curricular requirements:

  • The students and teacher have access to a college-level calculus textbook, in print or electronic format.
  • The course is structured to incorporate the big ideas and required content outlined in each of the units described in the course and exam description. The course provides opportunities for students to develop the skills related to:
    • 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 BC 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 course and exam description.

The list below represents examples of textbooks that meet the resource requirements of AP Calculus BC and meet 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 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.

  • Anton, Howard, Irl Bivens, and Stephen Davis. Calculus: Early Transcendentals, Single Variable. 10th Edition. Wiley.
  • Anton, Howard, et al. Calculus, AP® Edition - Calculus BC. 11th edition. Wiley.
  • Anton, Howard, et al. Calculus. 10th edition. Wiley.
  • Anton, Howard, et al. Calculus: Single Variable. 10th edition. Wiley.
  • Briggs, William, et al. Calculus AP Edition. 2nd Edition. 2018. Pearson.
  • Demana, Franklin et al. Calculus: Graphical, Numerical, Algebraic AP Edition. 6th Edition. 2020.
  • Dietiker, Kysh, Sallee, Hoey. Calculus. 2nd edition. CPM.
  • Dietiker, Kysh, Sallee, Hoey. Calculus- AP Calculus BC. 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 (AP Edition) – AP Calculus BC. 11th edition. 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. 10th edition. National Geographic/Cengage Learning.
  • Larson, Ron, and Bruce H. Edwards. Calculus of a Single Variable. 11th edition. National Geographic/Cengage Learning.
  • Larson, Ron, and Bruce H. Edwards. Calculus: Early Transcendental Functions (AP Edition). 6th edition. National Geographic/Cengage Learning.
  • Larson, Ron, and Bruce H. Edwards. Calculus of a Single Variable: Early Transcendental Functions. 10th edition. National Geographic/Cengage Learning.
  • Larson, Ron, and Bruce H. Edwards. Calculus (AP Edition). 10th edition. National Geographic/Cengage Learning.
  • Rogawski, Jon. Rogawski’s Calculus: Early Transcendentals, for AP® Calculus BC. 2nd edition. Bedford, Freeman and Worth Publishing Group.
  • Stewart, James. Calculus. 8th edition. National Geographic/Cengage Learning.
  • Stewart, James. Calculus: Early Transcendentals. 8th edition. National Geographic/Cengage Learning.
  • Stewart, James. Single Variable Calculus. 8th edition. National Geographic/Cengage Learning.
  • Stewart, James and Stephen Kokoska, Calculus for AP®: A Complete Course 1st edition. National Geographic/Cengage Learning.
  • Strang, Herman, et al. Calculus, Volumes 1 & 2. Openstax.
  • Sullivan, Michael, and Kathleen Miranda. Sullivan: Calculus for the AP® Course – Calculus BC. 2nd edition. Bedford, Freeman and Worth Publishing Group.

This annotated sample AP Calculus BC syllabus shows how the curricular requirements can be demonstrated in a syllabus and what level of detail you’ll need to include.

AP Calculus BC Sample Syllabus 1 (.pdf/583KB)

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