Learning List has reviewed print materials for Bedford, Freeman & Worth’s (BFW) Rogawski’s Calculus for AP*: Early Transcendentals, 2nd Edition. This is a comprehensive product to support instruction in Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus AB and AP Calculus BC courses. Content is available in print and digital formats and includes additional online resources. Instruction addresses conceptual understanding and skills and the application of calculus in a variety of real-world settings.
Core content is presented in 12 chapters. The first chapter is a review of key pre-calculus concepts, such as graphing and linear, quadratic, trigonometric, and hyperbolic functions. Subsequent chapters follow a logical progression, beginning with the concepts of limits and differentiation (chapters 1-4) and progressing to integrals and the techniques and applications of integration (chapters 5-8). Final chapters (i.e., 9-12), address differential equations; infinite series; parametric equations, polar coordinates, and vector functions; and differentiation in several variables.
Instruction closely tracks the College Board’s big ideas, essential knowledge, and learning objectives for AP Calculus AB and AP Calculus BC. The use of technology to support problem solving is integrated throughout the content. Each chapter includes 20 multiple-choice questions and four multi-part free-response questions that reflect the format and rigor of the AP exam. Additional learning resources are provided in the course’s accompanying study guide and companion website.
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