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AP Calculus AB/BC

AP Calculus AB and AP Calculus BC are very similar when it comes to workload and how the class is run. Calculus BC is primarily all seniors who took honors geometry freshman year. If you are planning on taking BC, it is important to pay close attention during AB because BC builds off of past material. Taking these classes in high school can help you exponentially in waiving out of numerous math classes in college. After taking precalculus my sophomore year, and quite honestly struggling, I have found these classes to be less difficult. AB and BC are certainly rigorous courses, but students are given many practice opportunities prior to tests and quizzes. Both classes use a flipped classroom style where students watch notes videos independently, and work on the given practice packet during the class. It’s rare for students to completely finish the packet during class time, but if you work diligently, you will not have much calculus homework. Exams occur quite frequently, and the class is overall very fast paced. Students who are interested in going into any sort of STEM related major, should consider taking at least one of these classes. They are challenging classes where students are very independently reliable for completing assignments and preparing for tests and quizzes. Also, many students in STEM will be required to take a similar course in college, so might as well get the additional practice ahead of time.

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