The second semester is here, and with it we move from derivatives to integrals and their applications. Unlike derivatives, where you always know what to do, with integrals you have to choose from a variety of methods which one will work the best, which students often find tricky. In this class, we’ll be giving students nice and simple rules for how to choose the best integration techniques for a situation, as well as looking ahead to the AP exam, with extra study sessions and mock exam trials in the month leading up to the exam.
AP Calculus BC: This is the semester when things start getting REAL. Taylor Series, vector and polar calculus, differential equations – the second semester gives you everything you need to venture into the wider world of college math, engineering, and physics studies. Unlike the first semester, which was largely devoted to two overarching ideas, this one features a scattering of techniques and notions that students often have difficulty keeping up with. Our goal is to manage that diversity of concepts by giving students simple steps for identifying what type of problem they are looking at, and choosing the best solution tool from the arsenal of techniques they’ll be learning. In March, we’ll also begin our review for the AP exam, with extra sessions and mock exam trials to acclimate the students to the unique, but predictable, question types the College Board loves So Very Much.