AP Calc AB is a fastpaced, rigorous course designed to teach you calculus and to prepare you for the AP test in May. AP courses require dedication and focus on the part of the student  you are expected to take responsibility for your learning. I will provide guidance, instruction, resources, and support, but if you're going to learn the material and be ready for the test you must be prepared to study on your own time and work hard.Although there is no summer homework perse that you will turn in, you are expected to do the work suggested below to prepare yourself for next year. Your goal this summer is to maintain or develop the discipline to read the textbook, assess your understanding by doing homework even if it isn't turned in, and study on your own time. Just 30 minutes every day should be sufficient  it's a good habit to develop.
AP Calculus AB Suggested Summer Work Download and study Chapter 1 of the textbook (see the bottom of this page). Do the following problems.
unit 1.1: 6, 8, 16, 18, 20, 24, 44, 46, 50
unit 1.2: 6, 8, 10, 12, 16
unit 1.3: 2, 4, 6, 18, 22, 36, 42, 44
It would serve you well to do more problems than just those listed above. Although you will not turn in these problems, similar problems will appear on the chapter 1 pretest at the beginning of the year. You should know how to do these.
 Memorize the values of sine, cosine, and tangent for the reference angles 0, pi/6, pi/4, pi/3, and pi/2. Know how to apply these reference angles to find sine, cosine, and tangent values in quadrants IIV in the coordinate plane.
 At the end of last year in precalc you should have received a copy of the "Yellow Book" which reviews basic algebra, geometry, and precalculus. You should be comfortable with the content in the yellow book and able to do most of the problems by the end of the summer. You don't have to turn in yellow book problems as homework but you are responsible for understanding the material. If you don't have a copy of the Yellow Book, I've included a link to a PDF below.
There will be a pretest at the beginning of the year covering everything listed in the three bullet points above.
The following table summarizes the content of chapter 1 and provides links to online tutorials that may be helpful to you.
Important Concepts

Video Tutorials 
Unit 1.1: Four Ways to Represent a Function
 Understanding the interplay between the four ways of representing a function (verbally, numerically, visually, algebraically).
 Finding the domain and range of a function, regardless of representation.
 Investigating even and odd functions.
 Working with piecewise defined functions.

Function Introduction Function Expressions Domain and Range Recognizing Functions

Unit 1.2: Mathematical Models  A Catalog of Essential Functions
 The modeling process: developing, analyzing, and interpreting a mathematical model.
 Classes of functions: linear, power, rational, algebraic, trigonometric, exponential and transcendental functions. Include the special characteristics of each class of functions.

Polynomial and Rational Functions Rational Expressions Exponential and Logarithmic Functions Logarithms Basic Trigonometry Unit Circle Definition of Trig Functions Graphs of Trig Functions Trigonometric Identities

Unit 1.3: New Functions from Old Functions
 The mechanics and geometry of transforming functions.
 The mechanics and geometry of adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing functions.
 The mechanics and geometry of composing functions.

Composing Functions Function Inverses Piecewise Functions Shifting and Reflecting Functions Properties and Features of Functions Comparing and Interpreting Functions

The links below take you to algebra and trig review videos, which students have found helpful and provides a link to download a copy of the Yellow Book.

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