Honors Calculus introduces the student to calculus, the mathematics of dynamic systems. The year begins with a thorough review of the important concepts from Pre-Calculus. The study of limits and continuity follows, although this is not as in-depth a study as in the AP course. Differential calculus is covered relying more on the practical applications of it than the theoretical. Finally, the integral is introduced and some of the applications to area and volume are studied. The pace of this course is steady and deliberate. The course is intended to give the student a solid understanding of the basic concepts of calculus, but it is not intended as a substitute for a post-secondary calculus course.
The use of graphing calculators is embedded in the curriculum and students are expected to have and use one; instruction in their use is provided at a level appropriate to the class’s experience.