Calculus A, the first of a two-semester course, centers on limits, differentiation, and applications of differentiation. Topics in this course apply to many problems studied in physics and engineering. Students review algebra concepts and learn fundamental calculus concepts along with working problems for limits and derivatives. Students apply rules for finding different derivatives as well as learn the applications of the derivative. After finding the area under a curve using several different methods, students will complete an essay assignment that applies this to a real-world problem. Students conclude the course by applying theorems and demonstrating knowledge of basic rules for anti-derivatives. After successful completion of this course, students will have a fundamental understanding of the principles of calculus.
Prerequisites: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Trigonometry