Prerequisites: Algebra II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry

Length: Two semesters

AP® Calculus AB

Advanced Placement

Course materials required. See 'Course Materials' below.

In AP Calculus AB, students learn to understand change geometrically and visually (by studying graphs of curves), analytically (by studying and working with mathematical formulas), numerically (by seeing patterns in sets of numbers), and verbally. Instead of simply getting the right answer, students learn to evaluate the soundness of proposed solutions and to apply mathematical reasoning to real-world models. Calculus helps scientists, engineers, and financial analysts understand the complex relationships behind real-world phenomena. The equivalent of an introductory college-level calculus course, AP Calculus AB prepares students for the AP exam and further studies in science, engineering, and mathematics.

This course has been authorized by the College Board® to use the AP designation.

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Course Materials

Semesters 1 and 2: Required

  • TI-84 Plus, TI-83, or TI-83 Plus Calculator
    Read "Getting Started" and chapter 1 in the TI Guidebook before the course starts.

Semesters 1 and 2: Optional

  • Calculus: Single Variable, 8th ed. James Stewart (Brooks/Cole, 2016).
    ISBN-10: 1305266633 / ISBN-13: 9781305266636
    Acceptable alternate: 7th ed. (2012). ISBN-10: 0538497831
    Acceptable alternate: 6th ed. (2008). ISBN-10: 0495011614
    Acceptable alternate: 5th ed. (2003). ISBN-10: 0534393667
    Acceptable alternate: 4th ed. (1999). ISBN-10: 0534355625
  • Calculus of a Single Variable, 2nd ed. Jeffery A Cole, Michael Olinick, Dennis Pence, and Earl W. Swokowski (PWS, 1994).
    ISBN-10: 0534939244
    This book is out of print but you may find it used. It is interchangeable with the Stewart text listed above.
  • Cracking the AP Calculus AB & BC Exams, 2014 ed. David S. Kahn (Princeton Review, 2012).
    ISBN-10: 0307946185 / ISBN-13: 9780307946188
    Acceptable alternate: 2012 ed. ISBN-10: 0307944867
    Acceptable alternate: 2009 ed. ISBN-10: 0375428852

    Acceptable alternate: 2008 ed. ISBN-10: 0375766413
    Acceptable alternate: 2006–2007 ed. ISBN-10: 0534355625