AP Calculus AB
This class is designed to help homeschooling families succeed in their study of calculus by providing quality instruction and objective evaluation using Larson’s Calculus, 10th edition (Brooks/Cole, Cenage Learning: 2014). The class will cover the material studied in the first semester of the calculus sequence at a four-year college as well as prepare the students for the AP Calculus AB Test. This course will focus on having students fully understand the material so they can apply calculus to many different situations, and not simply memorize formulas and steps. Students will be expected to spend roughly two hours on homework daily, utilizing the online answer key to grade their work. Class will meet two days per week for one hour and thirty minutes each session for instruction. Since this is a homeschooling tutorial, parents will have the certain responsibilities as stated below.
“AP” stands for Advanced Placement, a designation for high school classes that cover the content of college courses. Students can often gain credit for a college course by taking an AP course in high school and scoring high enough on the AP test. Each college has its own policy concerning AP classes, but many colleges grant credit for a course if the student scores a 3 or higher on the AP test out of a total of 5 points. All AP tests for a given subject must be administered on the same day across the country by an approved facility, and the Calculus AP Test is given in mid-May (for this year’s date and time, see https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/courses/exam-dates-and-fees). Liberty Tutorials students are required to arrange to take the test at such a facility near them, much in the same way that they would arrange to take a PSAT test at a local public or private school, and pay any fees associated with the test.
“Calculus AB” means that the course is equivalent to the first semester of college calculus, a course usually worth 4 credits. This particular course will cover the content of such a college course, integrate lessons and problems from an AP test booklet throughout the year, and finish with AP test preparation. Students will learn to use a sophisticated calculator that is required when taking the AP Test.
Students need to have completed Advanced Math through Liberty Tutorials with an A or B average or an equivalent course, such as Pre-Calculus, with approval from the instructor.
It is recommended that students be at least 16 years old, entering at least 12th grade. Parents of younger students should contact the instructor before registering for the class.
- Textbook: Calculus, 10th edition by Ron Larson (Brooks/Cole, Cenage Learning: 2014) https://www.amazon.com/Calculus-Ron-Larson/dp/1285057090
- Barron’s AP Calculus, 14th edition by David Brock (Barron’s Educational Series Inc.: 2017) https://www.amazon.com/Barrons-Calculus-14th-David-Bock/
- TI-Nspire CX CAS Graphing Calculator https://www.amazon.com/Texas-Instruments-Nspire-Graphing-Calculator/dp/B004NBZAYS
- Notebook: Spiral Bound or Loose-Leaf
- Graph Paper
- Pencil & Eraser (No pens)
- Adobe Reader: Download available free at http://get.adobe.com/reader/.
- ARF Player: Download available free at http://www.webex.com/play-webex-recording.html.
- Headset with Microphone
Students will be expected to attend and participate in class, taking notes on the material covered. They will be expected to complete homework assignments at home and grade them or have their parents grade them, using the answers in the back of the book. Students will be expected to correct any missed problem—not just change the answer, but find the mistake in their solution and fix their work. They will have access to an online answer key that will help with homework corrections. Students will be encouraged to ask questions about any problems they do not understand, either by email or during class. Students are expected to present themselves appropriately and treat others respectfully.
The teacher will begin class on time. She will review homework and answer questions students have regarding missed homework problems. She will then teach the new material, incorporating class participation in solving problems. She will prepare and grade student tests. She will give semester grades and evaluations. She will contact parents and students by way of email when necessary. She will be respectful and patient with the students, encouraging an atmosphere of respect for one another.
It is the parents’ responsibility to determine that this class meets the legal homeschooling requirements of their state or over-sight group. They are expected to pay for the class by the given deadline and to obtain the needed materials. Parents will also administer the closed book, closed notes tests. Parents will either need to grade the homework or make sure their students are not simply copying answers from the back of the book if they are allowed to check their homework themselves. Parents will need to make arrangements for the student to take the AP test through a local public or private high school. If a student is having a problem showing respect to the teacher or his classmates, the parent will be notified so he can deal with the problem. If such a problem persists, the parent must realize that the student will not be permitted to return to class. No reimbursement of payments will be made under such circumstances.
Tests: 100 points per test
Notebook Quizzes: 100 points per semester
Semester Exams: 200 points per exam
2018-2019 Monday and Wednesday 2:00pm — 3:30pm EST
Last full week in August — Last week in May. Please see the Calculus Homework Calendar for the exact dates and scheduled class cancellations.
Please contact Liberty Tutorials before the class is to be missed at firstname.lastname@example.org. If the absence is excused, the instructor will give the student access to a class recording.
The cost is $600 per year per student. There is no family discount applied to this course, but siblings of a Calculus student will qualify for the family discount and only pay $400 for other math classes taken simultaneously through Liberty Tutorials.
Make payment by check payable to Liberty Tutorials.
Payment is due with registration and will not be refunded if the class is dropped.
Registration for the upcoming school year begins February 1st for currently enrolled students and their siblings. Registration is open to all other families on February 15th.
Maximum class size is 24 students.
Math teacher Karena Flynn has a love of mathematics that stems from her appreciation of its orderliness and logic as well as her love of God, its Creator. She received a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in mathematics and minor in education from James Madison University. She maintained a 4.0 GPA in her math classes and graduated summa cum laude. Karena regularly tutored math during high school and college. She taught at a private Christian school for one year and in subsequent years has been homeschooling her children. Since 2010 she has been teaching math through Liberty Tutorials.