Calculus BC Online?

<p>Do any of you know of a good online Calculus BC course? DS is taking AB this year and would like to take BC next year, but it is not offered at his school. His schedule makes it difficult to take it at the local CC. He does need good instruction; self-studying calculus will not work for him. We have looked into CTY, but that is very expensive, $1300 for six months. I did post this on the AP forum, but didn't get any responses. Thanks for any information.</p>

<p>Two thirds of the AB curriculum is normally covered in BC calculus at schools that do BC in one year. You might look into community or college second semester calculus courses that cover pretty much the same material. EPGY (Stanford) also does BC Calc, but I imagine their price is similar to CTY.</p>

<p>My son took a Calculus 2 course online at a community college. Tuition was $600, probably close to the price you would pay at your location. One problem was that the instructor was basically unavailable so it became de facto self-study. He was doing OK. There are good resources such as Khan Academy and MIT course videos, but in the end we got him a tutor. I think that other online teachers would do a better job and be more involved as educators--rather than hands off. </p>

<p>My impression is that a Calc 2 class at a college is somewhat more complex and has a greater degree of difficulty than AP calculus. The BC material is only a fraction of the AP material. I think you could cover the BC material in only a few weeks. Calc 2 at a college is a whole semester on integral calculus. </p>

<p>One option, since you don't need to take an actual class to take the BC exam could be to skip the class and simply work with a tutor. That could be more costly than $1,300, but you could spread it over a year. Or as I said, if you know AB, the BC stuff shouldn't take that long.</p>

<p>I didn't realize that BC was only 1/3 more of AB. I like the idea of a calc 2 class online or a tutor. Thanks so much for the replies.</p>

<p>Here is a free calculus textbook in case the student wants to self study, perhaps with the aid of a tutor or on-line lessons:</p>

<p>Free</a> Online Course Materials | Resource Home | MIT OpenCourseWare</p>

<p>You can find what the BC syllabus covers here:</p>

<p><a href="http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/courses/teachers_corner/2118.html%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/courses/teachers_corner/2118.html&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>According to the syllabus, topics not covered in AB include:</p>

<ul>
<li>Parametric, polar and vector functions. The analysis of planar curves
includes those given in parametric form, polar form and vector form.</li>
<li>Analysis of planar curves given in parametric form, polar form and vector form, including velocity and acceleration.</li>
<li>Numerical solution of differential equations using Euler’s method.
L’Hospital’s Rule, including its use in determining limits and convergence of improper integrals and series.</li>
<li>Applications of integrals.</li>
<li>Antiderivatives by substitution of variables (including change of limits for definite integrals), parts, and simple partial fractions (nonrepeating linear factors only)</li>
<li>Improper integrals (as limits of definite integrals).</li>
<li>Solving logistic differential equations and using them in modeling.</li>
<li>Polynomial Approximations and Series</li>
</ul>

<p>Here is an outline of a second semester freshman calculus course in college:</p>

<p><a href="http://math.berkeley.edu/courses/choosing/lowerdivcourses/math1B%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://math.berkeley.edu/courses/choosing/lowerdivcourses/math1B&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>Thanks for that info. I can definitely use it when trying to find a class, though it is a foreign language to my language arts brain.</p>

<p>You could try University of California College Prep (UCCP): Course</a> Catalog</p>

<p>Our local community college offers Applied Calc, Calc I and Calc II online. There are open classes for the summer session:</p>

<p><a href="https://secure.monroecc.edu/pls/bpr1/bwzkfcls.P_GetCrse%5B/url%5D"&gt;https://secure.monroecc.edu/pls/bpr1/bwzkfcls.P_GetCrse&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>I think my link didn't work</p>

<p>Website is: Monroe</a> Community College
Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York</p>

<p>Thanks so much for the links. I will check out those online classes.</p>