AP Calculus AB
On-Line for the 2021-2022 School Year
Teacher: Amelia Chan
1. Calculus for AP 2nd Edition by Ron Larson and Paul Battaglia ISBN 9780357431948
2. Webassign for homework.
Detailed instruction of textbook purchase will be given later.
- Computer, high-speed internet access, e-mail capability, with camera
- Smartphone or scanner to save multiple handwritten pages as a single PDF file
- Graphing calculator – TI-89, TI-Nspire, or TI-83/84 Plus
Who Should Apply?:
All students should have successfully completed Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II and Precalculus. If you have not completed the prerequisite, please sign up for my Honors Precalculus class or other math classes at www.mathamelia.com.
In particular, you should understand the properties of linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, inverse trigonometric, and piecewise-defined functions and know how to graph these functions and solve equations involving them. You should also be familiar with algebraic transformations, combinations, compositions, and inverses for general functions. If you are unsure, you can take the diagnostic test.
Why take this class?
Calculus AB is the equivalent of one semester of college Calculus and is usually taken by students pursuing majors in the social sciences, life sciences, math and physical science. With the elimination of SAT Math subject test, more students would like to take an AP Calc AB exam as a validation of their math education. Calculus AB covers less material and is conducted at a slower pace than Calculus BC.
Course Fee: Early Bird Special: $650. After June 30 is $695.
Grade is based on homework, chapter tests, participation, Midterm Exam and Final Exam.
Grading Scale :
90% - 100% “A”
80% - 89.9% “B”
70% - 79.9% “C”
60% - 69.9% “D”
0% - 59.9% “F”
Course Description: AP Calculus AB is equivalent to a first-semester college calculus course. Topics include functions, limits and continuity, derivatives, and integrals. The course will focus on applying the skills and concepts of calculus to modeling and solving problems across multiple representations. It includes specific preparation for the AP AB Calculus exam. Students will practice AP-style questions, to familiarize themselves with the format and grading techniques.
Course Delivery: Students access class materials at any time most convenient for them, including video lectures, assignments, answer keys to assignments, and more through Canvas, Webassign and College Board AP Classroom. All class materials are available 24/7. Weekly Assignments are given. There will be one live Zoom session per week with the instructor that focus on key concepts and challenging assignments. Attendance is optional and recording will be made accessible for those who cannot attend.
Weekly live Zoom meeting meets every Wednesday, 8 am to 9 am PST (11 am to 12 pm EST). Class will run from Aug 30, 2021 through early May 2022. Breaks to be determined. Live class attendance is optional. But student should watch the recording.
Instructor Qualifications: I have an M.A. in Mathematics from Columbia University in New York as well as a B.A. in both Mathematics and Statistics from the University of California, Berkeley. I have worked as an Investment Banker, Financial Software Engineer, and Actuarial Consultant. When my two children got to school age, I decided to educate them at home, often designing courses to match their unique abilities and specific needs. Along the way, I started teaching homeschool co-ops and other group classes. Many of the students I taught excel academically and have won national math competitions. I have taught math both online and in person including AP Calculus and AP Statistics for more than 10 years. I enjoy teaching students from all over the world and seeing them succeed. Math education has remained my passion in life. For more information about me and my teaching philosophy, please visit www.mathamelia.com.
Application: Anyone interested in joining Ms. Chan’s AP Calculus AB class should fill out this application.
Ms. Chan has perfectly prepared me for my AP test. I got a 5 with confidence.
The AP class is one of the most rewarding classes of my high school education. The class prepared me well and I am able to tackle all the challenging questions found in the exam. More importantly, it confirms my interest in pursuing STEM majors.
There are many math teachers in this area but what makes Amelia different is her love for students. She does not only guide the student’s math education but genuinely cares for their emotional well being. There is a lot of pressure studying in this area. We need more teachers that are thoughtful, encouraging and loving like Amelia.
Amelia, you have made a strong impression on my daughter in the first lesson. She said that if you were their math teacher for Algebra, everyone would love you. She does not enjoy math but you have made her feel really comfortable with it just by one class. That is a huge compliment coming from a very critical almost teenage girl. Thank you.
My two daughters have worked with many tutors and taken many math classes even Russian Math school and Amelia Chan has been by far the most skilled at explaining math concepts in a quick, efficient smart way that has translated to very high scores on placement exams. She is no nonsense and respects our time and efforts and I would highly recommend her.
When we started tutoring with Amelia, we were having trouble with rational functions, now we have mastered that and are on to trig topics and understanding them in depth.
I really enjoy going to tutoring sessions, because I know every minute will be used efficiently to help me move forward at the fastest pace possible. She makes sure I understand and can do my work as efficiently as possible and is always able to give targeted advice without missing a beat. I am sure she could do this for first graders up to a really high level and am glad we used her for alg 2/trig.
Amelia makes the middle school and high school math so easy to learn for us. Math is not that complicated after all.
Amelia has been teaching my son Geometry since August; I think she could tailor a class or tutoring to meet anyone's needs. She's been engaged, progressing quickly, doing his homework, and he appreciates that she relates the math to real life with stories and examples. We would like to pass on this recommendation to anyone else who is looking for excellent math instruction!
Our son didn’t feel the kind of confidence he has doing math until he started working with Amelia. Amelia’s talent lies in the way she teaches — she is great at how she explains problems and concepts in digestible ways for our son to absorb. She is keen on how her student is feeling, working through a problem, and is very kind giving reassurance and praise. Math now is fun for Ethan and he really looks forward to his tutoring sessions with her.
My daughter is 9th-grader whose has been tested to be at a third-grade math level. She didn't have a solid foundation for Algebra when we came to Amelia at the beginning of the school year. However, after 3 months of lessons and homework, Amelia has brought her up to level. My daughter is now able to start Algebra 1 and finish it by the end of her freshman year. Not only she caught up with math, more importantly, her confidence level has significantly increased. To me, that is priceless.
Amelia has been working with my daughter for several years. Amelia’s mathematical expertise is impeccable. My daughter has completed all the advanced math classes with ease with Amelia’s assistance. I highly recommend Amelia for advanced math learners.
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