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Burlington High School Department of Mathematics

Burlington High School prepares students for lifelong learning and responsible citizenship by offering a
challenging, relevant curriculum and varied activities in a safe environment.

Calculus I (253) Course Expectations 2015-2016


Contact Information
Brian McNeill
Burlington High School Math Dept. Chair
(781) 270-2933
Email: mcneill@bpsk12.org
Twitter: @bmcneill7

Online Resource: http://bhshonorscalculus.wikispaces.com/


Prerequisite Course(s): Pre-Calculus 250 or 251 (Honors or CPI)
Course Overview
Calculus I is a yearlong course that covers the concepts and applications of first semester
college calculus. Calculus I will explore these concepts of derivation and integration in
mechanical aspects as well as theoretical. The graphing calculator (TI-84+) will be used
to enhance and facilitate the understanding of solutions to the problems. In cooperation
with Middlesex Community College, this course is offered for dual enrollment. Any
student that meets the specific requirements will have the option to earn both BHS
graduation credits as well as Middlesex Community College credit. The credits earned
through MCC are transferable to the Mass Transfer Block, as well as many other private
institutions.

Successful Learning
a. All class materials will be posted to the website. It is imperative that you use
this resource to aid in your organization.
b. Though not graded, homework will be assigned regularly. Homework is 100%
for you. Practice is a crucial aspect to success in this course. Answer keys will
often be placed on the website for you to use to correct your work.
c. Classroom discussion will often center around homework sets. Classroom
attendance and engagement are vital.
d. You should keep all class work and homework to study for tests. You should
keep all old tests to study for the final.
e. You know better than anyone when you are falling behind. Be sure to arrange
for extra help when necessary.

Burlington High School Department of Mathematics


Burlington High School prepares students for lifelong learning and responsible citizenship by offering a
challenging, relevant curriculum and varied activities in a safe environment.

Student Learning Expectations


a. Student will understand a variety of problem-solving methods and decisionmaking strategies.
b. Student will communicate carefully, thoughtfully, and effectively.
c. Student will be able to compile, interpret and communicate data and draw
logical conclusions.
d. Student will be able to compute and apply advanced mathematical concepts.
e. Students will be able to write their solutions in a clear and logical manner.

Expected Outcomes
Understand the concepts of derivatives and integrals and how they apply in real-life
scenarios. Understand and interpret word problems, find the solution, and write a clear
explanation of solution set.

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Prepare for Middlesex Community College Challenge Exam


Limits and Continuity
Slope of a Curve
Derivatives
Speed, Velocity, and Acceleration
Rate and Optimization Problems
Extreme Value Problems
Curve Sketching
Antiderivatives
Integrals
Area Under a Curve
Area Between Two Curves

Assessing Progress
Grades will be calculated quarterly using a total points system. A numeric grade
will be submitted as a percentage of the total points earned. Grades will be
rounded to one decimal place, without exception. A grade of 89.9% will NOT be
rounded to 90.
Generally, quizzes and writing assignments will range from 10-40 points. Tests
will range from 40-100 points. Homework will be assigned regularly but will not
be graded. Homework completion is essential to success, but will not factor into
the quarterly grade.

Burlington High School Department of Mathematics


Burlington High School prepares students for lifelong learning and responsible citizenship by offering a
challenging, relevant curriculum and varied activities in a safe environment.

As with all courses at Burlington High, the overall course grade will be calculated
as follows:
Quarter 1:
Quarter 2:
Midterm:
Quarter 3:
Quarter 4:
Final Exam:
Overall:

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100%

Classroom Expectations
All school rules as explained in the BHS Student Handbook apply to this class. In
addition, each student is expected to:
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Treat everyone with respect


Be present and on time to class.
Pay attention, participate, and take notes.
Be responsible for obtaining material missed due to absence.
Volunteer, answer, and ask questions.
Come to class prepared bring notebook, pen/pencil, and graphing calculator
Complete all class work
Begin assignments promptly when time is given.
Study for all exams
Seek extra help when necessary.