AP Calculus BC

AP Calculus BC covers the first two (typically out of three) semesters of college-level Calculus.  This challenging course will provide you with the opportunity to greatly expand your mathematical knowledge and prepare you for further studies in mathematics, sciences, engineering, etc.  Many US colleges and universities grant advanced placement and/or credit for one or two semesters of Calculus for qualifying AP Calculus BC exam scores.  You are encouraged to research the policy of a specific institution you are interested in.  AP Calculus BC consists of four main components:

  • Functions, Graphs, and Limits
  • Derivatives
  • Integrals
  • Polynomial Approximations and Series

Students who have earned at least a 90 average in Pre-AP Pre-Calculus or IB Math SL (at Bellaire High School or comparable and not through a summer course), enjoy learning about challenging math concepts, are highly motivated, and have time to commit to learning outside of class should take AP Calculus BC.  Students must be able to apply knowledge and concepts to solve new and unique problems in class and during assessments.  Students must have the self-motivation and discipline needed to complete homework on a regular basis even when it is not graded.  It is crucial for students to have mastered all concepts and skills from Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, and Pre-Calculus (or IB Math SL).  In particular, students must be familiar with the properties of functions, the algebra of functions, and the graphs of functions including linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, inverse trigonometric, and piecewise defined.  All students in this class are expected to take the AP Calculus BC exam in May.

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