Classroom Management Plan: AP Calc BC 2018-2019

Math Supervisor: Mr. Castiglia (pcastiglia@bergen.org)

Instructors: Mr. Mellina (nicmel@bergen.org) & Ms. Lombardi (alllom@bergen.org)

Instructors: Mr. Mellina (nicmel@bergen.org) & Ms. Lombardi (alllom@bergen.org)

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AP Calculus BC is roughly equivalent to both first and second semester college calculus courses and extends the content learned in AB to different types of equations and introduces the topic of sequences and series. The AP course covers topics in differential and integral calculus, including concepts and skills of limits, derivatives, definite integrals, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, and series. The course teaches students to approach calculus concepts and problems when they are represented graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally, and to make connections amongst these representations. Students learn how to use technology to help solve problems, experiment, interpret results, and support conclusions.

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The following chapters and topics will be covered throughout the year:

• Limits & Continuity

• Derivatives

• Applications of Derivatives

• Antiderivatives

• The Definite Integral

• Differential Equations

• Applications of Definite Integrals

• Parametric & Polar Equations

• Sequences and Series

• Limits & Continuity

• Derivatives

• Applications of Derivatives

• Antiderivatives

• The Definite Integral

• Differential Equations

• Applications of Definite Integrals

• Parametric & Polar Equations

• Sequences and Series

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The AP Calc BC Exam is 3 hours and 15 minutes long. It consists of parts that will require the use of a graphing calculator, and parts that must be completed without a calculator. The exam contains both multiple choice and free response questions. Each student is expected to bring a graphing calculator to the exam. Additional info about the test can be obtained by going to www.apcentral.collegeboard.com.

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Calc BC is a completely paperless course except for assessments. Students are encouraged to bring in their own tablet devices if they have one. If a student does not have their own device, he/she is welcome to use a school iPad provided. Students are allowed to "Opt Out" of the paperless workflow, but will then be responsible to print the notes themselves outside of school.

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Students should come to class prepared every day with the following:

• Math textbook Calculus: Graphical, Numerical, Algebraic (4th Edition & AP Edition)

• Graph paper or graph paper notebook

• iPad Stylus - Suggested Brands Below (Mellina Only)

o MEKO (2nd Generation) [2 in 1 Precision Series] Disc Stylus pen ($14.99 on Amazon)

o Adonit Jot Pro Fine Point Precision Stylus for iPad ($29.99 on Adonit.net)

• Pencil for graded assignments.

• Scientific Calculator

• Graphing Calculator (for example TI 83, TI 84, TI 89)

• Math textbook Calculus: Graphical, Numerical, Algebraic (4th Edition & AP Edition)

• Graph paper or graph paper notebook

• iPad Stylus - Suggested Brands Below (Mellina Only)

o MEKO (2nd Generation) [2 in 1 Precision Series] Disc Stylus pen ($14.99 on Amazon)

o Adonit Jot Pro Fine Point Precision Stylus for iPad ($29.99 on Adonit.net)

• Pencil for graded assignments.

• Scientific Calculator

• Graphing Calculator (for example TI 83, TI 84, TI 89)

**Calculators will not be lent throughout the year. You need to provide yourself with one of the approved calculator or receive one through the calculator loan program**

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Students are expected to:

• Respect their classmates, teacher, and themselves.

• Come to class prepared and on time.

• Follow the school’s policies. (See student handbook)

• Follow the Student Honor Code (See student handbook). This means avoiding all forms of academic dishonesty, including copying assignments and cheating on tests.

• Complete homework assignments neatly and on time.

• Work well with others and independently.

• Actively participate in class.

• Respect their classmates, teacher, and themselves.

• Come to class prepared and on time.

• Follow the school’s policies. (See student handbook)

• Follow the Student Honor Code (See student handbook). This means avoiding all forms of academic dishonesty, including copying assignments and cheating on tests.

• Complete homework assignments neatly and on time.

• Work well with others and independently.

• Actively participate in class.

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www.mellinamathclass.com: This class website provides a link to the online textbook, PDF documents of note files, note solutions, homework solutions, review files, and review solutions.

http://btcalculove.weebly.com/: Mrs. Hommen’s website.

classroom.google.com: This website will be used for any class announcements.

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Mellina's Class: petz8e3

Lombardi's Class: kccvya

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Since this is an AP level course, some students may experience “grade shock.” This means that some students who typically received high grades in previous math classes may find themselves getting lower grades in this class, especially at the beginning of the course. As with any class, this usually means that the student needs to be patient, seek extra help, and put extra effort into studying and doing homework assignments.

Summative Assessments (Tests, Quizzes, & Projects): 90%

AP style tests will be given after the completion of each chapter in the textbook, while quizzes will be given periodically throughout the chapter. Generally, tests will be worth 100 points and quizzes will be worth 50 points. Some chapter tests will be over the course of two days. There are NO retakes. Each Marking Period is worth 22.5% of your final grade and the final exam is cumulative of the entire year and counts for 10% of your final grade for the year.

Formative Assessments (WebAssign): 10%

Homework will be assigned on an almost-daily basis. Homework assignments in this course generally require more time than in other non-AP math courses. Students are expected to keep up with assignments. Homework is necessary to reinforce the concepts learned in class. Students are expected to be more independent in an AP-level course. Students are expected to complete online homework problems via WebAssign. All WebAssign problem sets will range from 1 to 5 points.

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Any student who is absent from class for any reason is responsible for all of the missed work. The student is expected to get the class notes and missed assignments from a classmate or the class website. Any assignments that were due on the day the student was absent are due on the day the student returns to class. Any homework assigned on the day the student was absent is due the day after the student returns to class. Any student that is absent on the day of a test or quiz is expected to make arrangements with me to make up the test or quiz as soon as possible. Seniors that are out Wednesdays for senior internships are still responsible for class work and homework.

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I will be available for extra help throughout the year. Depending on my schedule, students can arrange to meet with me for extra help in the morning, during lunch periods, or after school. Please see me ahead of time to set up a time and place. Some arrangements may require a ride to or from school. There will also be a math club for extra help held during club time after school on Tuesdays/Thursdays with Dr. Ge in room 105. If you or your parent(s) have any questions or concerns throughout the year, feel free to see me outside of class or contact me. E-mail is generally the best line of communication. I am here for your support and expect each and every one of you to succeed in my class! As long as you bring a great attitude with you, I assure you that we will have a very productive year. In treating each other with dignity and respect, our classroom will be a positive learning environment where you can always feel comfortable. I look forward to working with all of you toward a successful year!

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