Summer 2013 Course Offerings

Advanced Placement Program* Summer Institute

AP* Calculus BC, July 29 - Aug. 1, 2013

Lead Consultant: Nancy Stephenson    


What to Bring

  • Graphing calculator

Course Description

Designed for AP* Calculus teachers familiar with teaching AP* Calculus AB but possibly new to teaching AP* Calculus BC, this course will provide participants with classroom materials including teaching notes, discovery lessons using the graphing calculator, worksheets, and AP* practice problems. Participants will learn how to fit AP* Calculus BC topics into the curriculum and how to review for the AP* exam. They will also review new insights gained from the 2013 AP* Reading and from the 2008 and 2012 AP Multiple Choice Tests, which have been released.

Participants new to teaching AP* Calculus AB and AP* Calculus BC would benefit from a course for new AB teachers before taking this course.

Topics and activities:

  • Arc length
  • Euler’s method
  • Techniques of integration, including integration by parts and by partial fractions
  • Logistic growth
  • L’Hopital’s Rule
  • Improper integrals
  • Parametric equations and vectors
  • Polar equations
  • Series of constants
  • Taylor polynomials and error bounds for polynomial approximations
  • Taylor series

About Nancy Stephenson

Nancy Stephenson teaches AP* Calculus AB and BC at St. Thomas High School in Houston. She is a College Board consultant who has presented at numerous College Board one-day and two-day conferences and has led AP* summer institutes at Rice University, Texas A&M University, Southern Methodist University, The University of Texas at San Antonio, The University of Texas at Arlington, Texas Christian University, and Fairfax County Public Schools in Fairfax, Virginia.

Ms. Stephenson has been a Reader, Table Leader, and Question Team Member for the AP* Calculus exam for many years. She is also a former member of the AP* Calculus Development Committee. She received the Siemens Award for outstanding teaching of an AP* course in 2001. Ms. Stephenson holds a BS in education from the University of Arkansas at Monticello and an MS in mathematics from the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

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