# These AB BC things

<p>So what's the difference between Calc AB and BC?</p>

<p>Just curious</p>

<p>There's an AP section with descriptions and outlines for each course as well as sample questions. Basically AB is equivalent to one semester of college calculus and BC is two semesters.</p>

<p>BC is AB with some more material added on to it.
If you're taking AB and can self study BC on your own and master the material, go ahead and take the AP exam for it.</p>

<p>AB is one semester of college calculus while BC is a full year of college calculus.</p>

<p>It's funny that you asked this question because I asked my calc teacher last week. AB and BC, he said, used to stand for more than they do today. It used to be that A stood for precalc, B stood for first semester college calc, and C stood for second semester calc. So AB was precalc and some calc whereas BC was all calc. I hope that answered your question.</p>

<p>Single-variable calculus part one is the study of limits, derivatives, and integrals and their applications. This is AP Calculus AB. Single-variable calculus part two is the study of indeterminate forms and L'Hopital's Rule, advanced trigonometric substitution, improper integrals, sequences, and series. This is AP Calculus BC.</p>

<p>I'm not too big of a fan of the word precalculus. I think it's very misleading. Most of the time it's just a fancier way of saying trigonometry.</p>

<p>Two users here have taken precalculus classes where they've learned limits, derivatives, and integrals. Well then, that's not PREcalculus.</p>

<p>fabrizio- my precalc honors class last year went through basic integration and differentiation. The reason they do it is because our school offers an AB/BC class combined and to get through it fast enough, you have to already have the basic stuff down.</p>

<p>i'll be self-studying bc next year, if i'm lucky i can do independant study with my calc teacher, if not, i'll have to do it without school help, if i can't get into independant study bc though, i can take ap phsycis c and ap chem instead of just ap chem
:) 7 academic periods (+ 1 lunch) is not enough time</p>

<p>"fabrizio- my precalc honors class last year went through basic integration and differentiation. The reason they do it is because our school offers an AB/BC class combined and to get through it fast enough, you have to already have the basic stuff down."</p>

<p>You can get through Calculus BC in one year without any background in calculus.</p>

<p>It's kind of redundant to combine AB and BC into one class because BC includes all AB material.</p>

<p>hmm i dont know then, thats just how our school has it set up</p>