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This is a great class, and Ms. Olsson is always very helpful and her feedback is great. As she always says in her emails at the beginning of each unit, PACE YOURSELF. This helped ease my course load a lot, because I was usually not cramming, and when I did cram one time, it was much harder than it needed to be.

AP Calculus BC

On-Line for the 2018-2019 School Year

Teacher: Susan Gilleran


Texts Required:

          (Also available but not necessary)
          Calculus for AP®, 1st edition Printed Version by Ron Larson and Paul Battaglia, (2017) ISBN-13: 9781305674912. (available at

First Day of Class: Monday August 27, 2018 
Last Day of Class:
Day of AP Exam – Tuesday May 14, 2019

Technical Requirements:

Who Should Apply: All students should have completed the equivalent of four years of high-school level mathematics designed for college-bound students. These would typically be referred to as Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II/Trigonometry, and Pre-Calculus covering advanced topics in algebra, trigonometry, analytic geometry and elementary functions including linear, polynomial, rational, trigonometric, exponential, logarithmic, inverse trigonometric and piecewise-defined. In particular, students must be familiar with the properties, the algebra, and the graphs of functions. Students must also understand the language of functions (domain and range, odd and even, periodic, symmetry, zeroes, intercepts, and so on).

This class is intended for the most serious minded of students. It is equivalent to one year of college calculus, so students must come to the class with a strong and successful background in the study of mathematics. The prospective student must be self-reliant, self-directed, and self-disciplined. Prospective students should be ready to commit 12-13 hours per week to this class.

Course Fee: EARLY BIRD SPECIAL $819    after June 30, 2018 $835

Course Description: This course prepares students for the AP Calculus BC Exam. This Calculus BC course includes all the material included in the Calculus AB course plus additional topics.

Most colleges and universities offer a sequence of courses in calculus. Because of this, it depends on the policies of the institution and the results of your AP Exam as to where you are placed in their sequence of courses. The content of Calculus BC is designed to qualify the student for placement and credit in a course that is one course beyond that given for Calculus AB. Typically, AP Calculus AB is the first semester of college calculus and BC is the first and second semester.

This Calculus BC course goes beyond the AB course, covering additional techniques of integration, solving logistic differential equations, venturing into the world of parametric equations, polar coordinates and graphs, vectors in the plane, as well as delving deep into the wonderful and complex arena of polynomial approximations and infinite series.

As a student in this class, you will be accessing a classroom website daily, at any time during the day most convenient for you, where you will find a posting of one chapter of assignments with a new lecture posted every day, Monday through Friday, discussing such things as that day’s topic, or a problem from yesterday’s or today’s assignment, or a recent test. There will often be instructional videos from YouTube, Khan Academy, educational institutions, links to interesting sites, animated graphics or helpful documents to download. There will be no live sessions.

You will be interacting with your classmates, teaching assistants and me through a lively online Discussion Board provided through Google Groups. You will post any questions you have about the reading material or the homework assignments, answer other students’ questions, as well as post solutions to problems. Questions can always also be sent directly to me at any time.

Your textbook will be the most current edition of a world class college text tailored specifically for the new AP Calculus curriculum launched in 2016, available in both printed and electronic formats – the 1st edition of Calculus for AP by Larson/Battaglia. It will offer you a wealth of resources to enhance your learning experience. I dare say, the eBook and companion website will serve as your “virtual tutor” for the entire year.

We will be using an enhanced version of the eBook offered through WebAssign which will provide your homework assignments. WebAssign is a web-based interactive homework assignment and test program used by over 250 universities, colleges and academies -- including California-Berkeley, Chapel Hill, Notre Dame, Auburn, Georgetown, Rensselaer Polytechnic, Rutgers, Texas A&M, the United States Air Force and the United States Military and Naval Academies. 

Two weeks of assignments are posted at a time – the current and following week, so you can work ahead of schedule if you want. Your assignments will consist of exercises from the online text that have been especially coded by the publisher for WebAssign. There are over 5,000 problems available to me to select from to create your assignments. You will have immediate feedback on whether your homework answers are correct, multiple tries at solving a problem, assistance in solving the problem in the form of Watch It Videos, Master It Tutorials, and Read It Text passages. It will actually go to the location in the text that addresses the problem you are working on, for you to read again!

In addition to all this homework assistance, WebAssign will provide you with a self-prepared Personal Study Plan you can follow as we progress through the textbook, with practice tests at the end of each section, to ensure you have mastered the material. In general – WebAssign and your eBook, help to put boredom out of business.

Each assignment will build on previous assignments, so success will depend on your daily response to the challenge. While this course is not for the faint-hearted, I’ll promise you it will be one of the most challenging opportunities of your life as a student. And one of the most significant lessons you’ll learn is, along with the greatest challenges, come the greatest rewards.

Instructor Qualifications: I earned a BS and secondary teaching certificate in Mathematics from Wayne State University and an MBA from Lawrence Technological University. I taught high school mathematics before moving to the business world at Ford Motor Company where I was an Information Technology Manager.

This will be my thirteenth year teaching the AP Calculus courses for PA Homeschoolers. I have also completed four five-day College Board summer institutes - one dedicated to teaching AP Calculus AB and the other three addressed AP Calculus BC and two one-day workshops for AP Calculus BC teachers. I’m looking forward to an exciting year that’s sure to be an adventure for everyone involved.

Application: Anyone interested in joining Mrs. Gilleran's Adventures in Math should fill out this Application for AP Calculus BC:

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