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## Replies to: *** AP Calculus BC Thread 2016-2017 ***

3New Member97Junior MemberAnyway, I started studying for the class around spring break. I printed out all the FRQs from the past 10 years and started working through them. It may seem tedious, but once you know the material the best way to get better at the FRQs is to just keep practicing them. The college board can only ask a question so many ways and if you do enough you'll be like a machine when the actual test comes. Tbh, my BC teacher did very little to help me prepare for the actual format of the test.

This pdf has some frqs sorted by topic, but theyre only up to 2007..but better than nothing?

http://pwalstoncalculus.weebly.com/uploads/3/1/1/8/31180069/ap_free_response_bt_topic.pdf

I also had both the Princeton and the Barrons review books and I did the multiple choice questions out of there. My class has a textbook but we never used it. I actually think I never even opened it. In class we used a lot of Kuta Software worksheets. I highly reccomend them. Theyre are SO many problems you could just keep working on them for hours and hours and hours.

If you have anymore questions feel free to ask. I love calculus tbh :)

3New Member319MemberJust scroll down to find what you're looking for. In general, I would just advise taking as many practice FRQs and MC as you can - my teacher gave us so many released FRQs that we were all prepared for almost all of the types of questions you could encounter. It's all about knowing how to apply calc skills to problems, and the FRQs are usually fairly similar year by year, so you can learn methods to attacking a lot of different types of problems (I actually wasn't actively "learning", instead just kinda subconsciously picking everything up).

Oh, almost forgot. I would definitely recommend PatrickJMT videos on Youtube for learning some calc concepts (I think he has video lessons on certain topics, like limits and such).

319Member304MemberIf you get into the mindset that Calculus is easy, it will be easy. It will be as easy as you think. Learn from your mistakes. Wonder why your answer is correct. The more you understand, the easier Calculus will be. Understand why Rolle's theorem works or what exactly Integration is. In AP Physics C, my viewpoint of Calculus was changed when I realized that Integration was not simply "area under the curve," but rather an infinite sum of differentials. And when I take Real Analysis next year during my freshman year of college, my viewpoint will surely change once again to become more refined.

Near February or March, just spam yourself with practice exams, especially FRQ. I always did at least 10 FRQs a week leading up to the AP exam. It was very good practice and ensured that I would not make a mistake during the exam. I always aimed for perfect scores, but of course, there will always be one FRQ that stumps me (and it's usually on related rates!). :ρ

67Junior Member4New Member@ObitoSigma Have fun with real analysis lol. I learned the course by studying Maxwell Rosenlicht's book, and it was a lot of fun for a high school freshman to learn.

67Junior MemberBasically this is my plan, Please tell me if it is effective:(for both AB and BC)

From September ----Februrary

-KhanAcademy

-Dr Chung

-Barrons.

March---AP exam date

-Dr Chungs MC practice

-Barrons practice tests

-Collegeboard frqs(I believe these are on KhanAcademy as well)

I'll pretty much be doing this for about 15 hours a week(so about 2 hours per day) but during breaks this will increase/become more rigorous.

4New MemberReal analysis is basically an extremely rigorous version of calculus classes offered in high school. You usually start with the fundamental elements of math such as set theory, the field properties, and metric spaces. You then move on to properties of the real numbers (hence the name REAL analysis) and sequences, which then bring you to limits, which are the first aspect of real analysis that would seem familiar to a high school calculus student. Continuity, series, differentiation, and integration come towards the end, but the material is completely proof-based. That said, it was a lot of new material for me since I was learning real analysis in conjunction with Calculus BC, but it really helps you understand concepts like differentiation and integration deeply. However, I would advise against learning it in 9th grade based on my own experiences.