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Official AP Calc BC 2014

root4761root4761 Posts: 7Registered User New Member
Didn't see one already made, so I'm making this one. So I'm a sophomore right now, and over the summer I'll be taking Analytic Geometry and Calculus I from a community college, in order to take AP BC as a junior. I know some people that are just skipping AB, but I thought it would be better to take the class (even if its crammed into 6 weeks). Thoughts? Also feel free to post any math jokes, cool graphs to enter into a calculator, and also information relevant to the AP test next year. But for now I think it'll be mostly math jokes.
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Replies to: Official AP Calc BC 2014

  • pidudepidude Posts: 87Registered User Junior Member
    Any suggestions on how to prepare over the summer? I want to be mostly ready for the AP exam by the end of summer so that I can focus on other AP's during the school year. I am taking the class in school but am hoping that if I can learn all of the material over the summer, I won't have to worry too much about the class and can focus on my other AP's. I'm currently planning to take use Coursera (the Penn Calc I class).
  • pidudepidude Posts: 87Registered User Junior Member
    Anybody have any tips on how to master the material over the summer? I really want to get a good grasp on (single-variable) calculus and its applications so that I can be an excellent physics student (and also because I love math). Is there any good book of calculus problems someone can recommend?
  • lkang9210lkang9210 Posts: 9Registered User New Member
    hi, im also looking forward to master BC over the summer. besides take online cal class, i would recommend you to read pr's ap cal book. I heard its very basic. Well, thats what i plan to do.
  • vomitcomvomitcom Posts: 15Registered User New Member
    I took Calc 1 and Analytic geometry at a community college between freshman and sophomore year in order to take calculus BC sophomore year. It was a great decision as the college class prepared me more than the class leading up to BC at my school (my school does some ridiculous integrated math track). I got all As and believe I got a 5 on the exam, if you are looking to master the material in a rather short period of time (2-3 months) then I would recommend that you get the text book you will be using next year and self teach yourself one section a day. If you are struggling with a concept or whatever you can always refer to Khan or PatrickJMT on Youtube. Once you have finished the book I would begin to look at old AP FRQs on the college board website and doing them, the more you do the better prepared you are for the exam. I would also recommend getting a review book (I used Princeton Review) and doing some of the practice exams in the back (If your scores in these are awful, it is ok, they are purposefully made much harder than the actual exam). Hope this helps! Let me know how this works!
  • ClassOf2015HSClassOf2015HS Posts: 1,859Registered User Senior Member
    What textbooks are you using for calculus? My school uses Larson eighth edition.
  • Rider43Rider43 Posts: 39Registered User Junior Member
    Taking Calc BC Junior year! At above we are using the same book. Y teacher expects a class of 25 to get 4s and higher for everyone. He considers us his most prepared class lol. Even have 4 juniors and 21 seniors so it will be interesting.
  • vomitcomvomitcom Posts: 15Registered User New Member
    I took Calc 1 and Analytic geometry at a community college between freshman and sophomore year in order to take calculus BC sophomore year. It was a great decision as the college class prepared me more than the class leading up to BC at my school (my school does some ridiculous integrated math track). I got all As and believe I got a 5 on the exam, if you are looking to master the material in a rather short period of time (2-3 months) then I would recommend that you get the text book you will be using next year and self teach yourself one section a day. If you are struggling with a concept or whatever you can always refer to Khan or PatrickJMT on Youtube. Once you have finished the book I would begin to look at old AP FRQs on the college board website and doing them, the more you do the better prepared you are for the exam. I would also recommend getting a review book (I used Princeton Review) and doing some of the practice exams in the back (If your scores in these are awful, it is ok, they are purposefully made much harder than the actual exam). Hope this helps! Let me know how this works!
  • LordEangoLordEango Posts: 81Registered User New Member
    Thanks for story vomitcon!

    I just skipped calculus ab and did stuff on my own. In fact, I “accidentally" covered bc material this summer ;)

    Basically bc adds in more advanced integration techniques and series + sequences.

    I learned the advanced integration techniques this summer since that seems to be the most difficult. Luckily bc only tests integration by parts and partial fraction integrals. They will not throw in trig subs which are the hardest.

    I think the hardest integrals are the advance trig ones like secx^3. You have to use some clever identities and usually IBP or U-Sub or both.

    Other topics include logarithmic differentiation (easy), parametric differentiation (easy), and polar coordinates. Though these topics can probably be made hard Calc bc goes out of its way to give very basic problems.

    Series and sequences is memorizing a lot I hear.

    I'm a junior next year. You all will be fine if you seriously enrolled in a class. College math is harder! We all just got to keep in top of those derivatives and integrals (ie memorizing them). I literally put a paper in my shower displaying them. You'll be surprised how quickly you can derive and integrate if you stare at term every morning :)
  • joulethiefjoulethief Posts: 3Registered User New Member
    Hey guys, wanted to post this link to help you out: Ask Mr. Calculus--www.askmrcalculus.com--AP Calculus Test solutions--Reference--Solved Problems--Useful Links

    It has all the solutions to the past tests (MC as well as Free response) all compiled into one page. Hope it helps :)
  • XAQXAQXAQXAQ Posts: 132Registered User Junior Member
    Okay, so my teacher has a new BC teacher this year

    The last teacher retired, and every one (EVERY SINGLE ONE) of her students received a 5 on the test for the past 5 years, and at least 4's before that

    Anyways, I hate my teacher now, and think we are way behind

    What is everyone else up to?
  • elf4EVAelf4EVA Posts: 1,567Registered User Senior Member
    We've basically done all the AB material except solids of revolution, plus some extra BC topics. I should probably take some AB practice tests in Barron's over the break, but so far that hasn't happened...
  • ClassOf2015HSClassOf2015HS Posts: 1,859Registered User Senior Member
    We're finishing up properties of integration.
  • XAQXAQXAQXAQ Posts: 132Registered User Junior Member
    Is everyone's BC class one period? Because I know a couple kids who have 2/1.5 period BC classes.. Just curious
  • Prot3anProt3an Posts: 3Registered User New Member
    Anyone have any recommendations for how to take coursework after BC? My local community college isn't an easy possibility, and I'm looking for other options. Summer programs? Online courses? Something with FinAid if possible. I'd like to find something, otherwise I can't take math senior year, but I also can't afford to fork out a couple grand for a course. Any thoughts appreciated, thanks!
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