
AP Calculus
Summer Assignment
The purpose of the APC summer assignment is twofold: 1) It is to review
the prerequisite skills necessary for success at the AP Calculus level, and 2)
it is to demonstrate a willingness on the part of the Advanced Placement student to go beyond
the typical college prep curriculum as well as utilize creative problem solving
techniques. The problems in this assignment emphasize those skills crucial
to beginning calculus. They will include analyzing linear, quadratic,
cubic, rational, radical, absolute value, and piecewise functions for
information like intercepts, domains and ranges, and symmetry. Graphical
transformations are also highly important.
Your APC summer assignment has two main parts which will be collected on the first day of school:
Part I consists of three individual worksheets covering the topics of
Linear Equations and Compositions, Factoring and Function Analysis, and Mixed
Review Problems. This part is worth 60% of the total grade. Part
II consists of a Multisection Graphing Packet reviewing graphical
transformations WITHOUT the use of a graphing calculator. (You may use
your calculator to verify your work is correct, but do not rely on the
calculator to get your answers!) This part is worth 40% of the total
grade.
I have provided the grading criteria for the assignment in the form of a Scoring
Guide. I suggest you look over the rubric prior to beginning the
assignment so that you understand the criteria by which I am assessing your
work. Feel free to ask me to clarify anything about the guide that is
unclear to you. I encourage you to work with your classmates and help each
other with material that you might have forgotten. You can also email me with your questions
and I will reply with suggestions as soon as possible. Use the
"Helpful Hints" page (based on the questions I receive) to see if
another student might have already asked a similar question, as well.
These worksheets are all in PDF form
which requires Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is free to download and
install. If you have difficulty opening any of the documents or
interpreting any of the mathematical symbols contained in them, try
downloading and installing the latest version of the program here: Adobe
Acrobat Reader (PDF)
NOTE: You can
click on the PDF files to open within your browser window (if the
Adobe Reader program is compatible with your browser) or you can RIGHT
CLICK on the PDF file and do a
"Save Link As..." to download and open the worksheets from
your computer.

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