High School

1302 North Street
Olympia, WA 98501
Phone: (360) 596-7000
Attendance: (360) 596-7003
Fax: (360) 596-7001

Mr. Rae's AP Calculus Page

Welcome To Calculus!

For the next few months you have the privilege to study one of the most exciting topics in mathematics. I hope you will find this topic as interesting and exciting as I do.  


I will use Remind to communicate with you during the year.  To access the instruction on how to sign up for Remind, click here.

Handy Links:

Assignment Calendar

Lectures and Examples

Selected Solutions

Study Guides


Final Project Guide


Budget Project Website 



Contact Info:

Paul Rae
Phone: (360) 596 – 7281
Email: prae@osd.wednet.edu

Course Info:

The goal of this course is to prepare you to go on to either Calculus B/C at OHS or second semester Calculus at a post-secondary school. We also expect all students enrolled to take the Calculus A/B Advanced Placement Test in May. To ensure success, you are required to have completed a Precalculus course with a grade of “B” or better. If you did not get above a “B” you must either retake Precalculus of take another math course this year.



Your grade will be computed by taking an average of the points you have accumulated throughout the semester.  I am expecting roughly 1000 point possible this semester.  Points will be awarded in the following categories:


Daily Assignmnets . . . . . . . . . 50 pts/assignment

Quiz. . . . . . . . . . . . . .  500 pts/quiz*

Test . . . . . . . . . . . . approx. 1000 pts/test*

Final Exam . . . . . . . . 1000 pts


Daily work is due the day after it is assigned unless otherwise indicated.  I do not accept late work for any credit.  If you are absent, you have a number of days equal to the number missed to make up the work.


Quizzes are standard quizzes on the material; they can be announced, or there may be “pop” quizzes at a couple of key junctures in the year.


Tests are a very large weight on your grade.  You should do your best the first time.  However, you may retake a low test score during the semester.  You have four retakes each semester.  For every retake you do not use during a semester, you will receive 5 extra credit points.



To be successful in the course you will need the following supplies:


v  TI – 89 graphing calculator or

v  TI-nSpire CAS model  (Very important to check for CAS on the calculator)

v  1.5" 3-ring binder for your notebook

v  Pencils and eraser

v  Lined paper

v  Graph paper

v  Straight edge

v  Colored pencils


Communication is a very important part of this course. To that end, anything you can do to make your work neat and easy to read will help your grade. The graph paper, straight edge and colored pencils will help your graphs not only look better, but communicate your meaning much better than hastily drawn axis on notebook paper that are the same color as the graph of the function.

1st Semester Topics:


  • Limits and their properties
  • Rules for Derivatives
  • Applications of Derivatives Including
    • Optimization
    • Related Rates
    • Finding Relative and Absolute Extrema
    • Curve Sketching
    • Newtonian Physics


In Conclusion:

Calculus is one of my favorite subjects to teach. I will try my best to make it one of yours. Please do not hesitate to contact me. Also, be sure to check out this website, it will contain lots of useful information about the class as we progress through the year.

Thank you,

Paul Rae