This Black-legged Kittiwake in Ekkerøya, Norway, is descending at an increasing rate as it approaches a ledge on rocky cliff. Calculus lets us describe and study the functions involved in such motion. © Ann Newsome
There are 3 Great Black-backed Gulls seen in a sample of approximately 100 gulls along Varangerfjorden in Norway. Does this information allow us to reasonably approximate the proportion of Great Black-backed Gulls among all of the gulls living along this fjord? Statistics helps us to answer such questions. © Sven Halling
These AP mathematics courses are taught at a university level and allow students to investigate many mathematical concepts throughout the courses. While the above examples may be contrived, they give examples of typical uses of the disciplines of calculus and statistics.
Statistics: This course covers the principles and applications of statistics, including probability theory, experimental design, and statistical inference. Students learn interesting and useful concepts to build a foundation of statistical literacy. This knowledge is useful in everyday life as well as in many university fields of study.
Calculus BC: This course covers two full university semesters of calculus (Calculus I and II). We cover differential and integral calculus through infinite series. In this course students typically experience a tremendous personal growth as they master a challenging and fulfilling subject.
Calculus AB/BC: This course covers two full university semesters of calculus (Calculus I and II). We cover differential and integral calculus through infinite series. In this course students typically experience a tremendous personal growth as they master a challenging and fulfilling subject. The course content for AB/BC is the same as for BC. Both cover two semesters of calculus, but AB/BC meets for 90 minutes each day for the entire year and earns two AP credits, while BC meets for 45 minutes all year and earns one AP credit.
Instructor: Ann Newsome, PhD
Dr. Newsome has taught AP Statistics and AP Calculus since coming to the Career Center in 2000. She has undergraduate degrees in both Mathematics and Mathematics Education from the University of South Florida, Tampa. She also holds a Master of Science in Zoology (USF, Tampa), a PhD in Biochemistry (Wake Forest University), and National Board Certification in Adolescent and Young Adult Mathematics.