DC AP® Calculus AB

  • Name:

    DC AP® Calculus AB (MATH500dc)

  • Department:


  • Credits:

    1.0 (yearlong course)

  • Prerequisites:

    MATH 420 PreCalculus with a grade of 85% or higher or MATH450 Precalculus Honors (or equivalent)

DC AP® Calculus AB

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New for 21-22!

This course covers all topics of Calculus of functions of a single variable as described in the AP Calculus BC topic outline in the AP Calculus Course Description. Major topics covered include the following: functions; limits; derivatives; applications of derivatives; definite integrals; differential equations;vmathematical modeling; applications of definite integrals; parametric, vector, and polar functions; sequences; and series (including the Taylor and Maclaurin series).

This course is designed to develop the student’s understanding of the concepts covered in the first two semesters of college-level Calculus and to provide the student with multiple experiences in the methods and applications of those concepts.

The Rule of Four is stressed throughout the course. Students are trained to express all solutions geometrically, numerically, analytically, and to interpret these findings verbally. Technology and graphing calculators are used extensively in this course to reinforce the concepts covered.

Special Notes:

Students need access to a scanner or digital camera (phone is fine) in order to submit work for the teacher to review.

Students will also need a TI-84 graphing calculator for this course. Each student must also have the computer connectivity cable for their calculator as they will be provided with several calculus programs to download for their TI-84 calculator that can also be used on the AP® exam.

The recommended sequence for students wishing to pursue advanced math classes: MATH150, MATH250, MATH350, MATH450, followed by their choice of MATH500, MATH510, or MATH520.

The dual credit honors track includes a deeper focus on critical thinking and analytical skills by providing students with more challenging problems and assignments comparable to what they would see at the university level. These elements will also prepare students to be successful in future upper-level and AP® courses.

The Dual Credit fee for CCU is included in the fee for this course.


Are you hoping to enter a mathematical, scientific, or engineering program? This class will help prepare you for higher-level math courses in college and there is an opportunity for dual enrollment to earn some college credit at the same time. Expect to be challenged, encouraged and grow in your mathematical skill and knowledge. We are learning together in this course to recognize the beauty in math and how it demonstrates order, detail and care in creation! This course follows the curriculum set forth by the AP College Board for AP Calculus BC.

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