Online for the 2023-2024 School Year
Teacher: Amelia Chan
Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.
Anyone interested in joining Ms. Chan’s AP Calculus BC class should fill out this application and pay the tuition in order to hold the spot.
AP Calculus BC is equivalent to a two semesters college calculus course. The first semester, we will cover AP Calculus AB, the second semester will be the rest of AP Calculus BC. The only prerequisite is precalculus. Topics include functions, limits and continuity, derivatives, integrals, differential equations, parametric equations, polar coordinates, vector-valued functions, infinite sequences and series. The course will focus on applying the skills and concepts of calculus to modeling and solving problems across multiple representations. It includes specific preparation for the AP BC Calculus exam. Students will practice AP-style questions, to familiarize themselves with the format and grading techniques.
Course Fee: Early Bird Special: $725. After June 30 is $775.
Who Should Apply?:
All students with a strong math background should have successfully completed Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II and Precalculus. If you have not completed the prerequisite, please sign up for my AP Precalculus class or other math classes at www.mathamelia.com.
In particular, you should understand the properties of linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, inverse trigonometric, polars, piecewise-defined functions, and know how to graph these functions and solve equations involving them. You should also be familiar with algebraic transformations, combinations, compositions, sequence, series and inverses for general functions, parameters and vectors.
Why Take This Class?
Calculus BC is equivalent to completing two college-level Calculus courses and is often taken by students pursuing degrees in the social sciences, life sciences, mathematics, physical sciences and engineering. Many colleges offer credit for this course upon achieving a specific score on the exam. It should be noted that Calculus BC is more challenging than Calculus AB. For those seeking a slower-paced class, please consider taking AP Calculus AB as it covers less material.
Calculus for AP 2nd Edition by Ron Larson and Paul Battaglia ISBN 9780357431948. Detail instruction will be given after registration.
- Mandatory: We will use WebAssign. It is mandatory for everyone to purchase this which include the ebook of Calculus for AP and online homework. The cost is $50.
- Optional: If you prefer a physical book, you can purchase a bundle at around $165. The print Calculus for AP text + WebAssign access. Or you can purchase a used textbook from Amazon.
- Computer, high-speed internet access, e-mail capability, with camera
- Smartphone or scanner to save multiple handwritten pages as a single PDF file
- Graphing calculator – TI-89, TI-Nspire, or TI-83/84 Plus
A. Online platform. Students access class materials on Canvas, WebAssign and College Board AP Classroom any time most convenient for them. All class materials are available 24/7.
- Teacher produced video lectures for each lesson.
- Weekly assignment, chapter tests and exams
- Instruction of how to use calculator.
- Free Response Questions will be graded by the instructor.
- College Board designed practice test questions.
B. One optional live Zoom session per week with the instructor that focus on key concepts, challenging assignments, AP multiple choice and free response questions. Attendance is optional and recording will be made accessible for those who cannot attend.
Class will run from Aug 21, 2023 through early May 2024. There will be a Thanksgiving break, a winter break in December and a Spring break. Exact dates to be determined. Weekly optional live Zoom meeting meets every Monday, 9 am to 10 am PST (12 pm to 1 pm EST). Attendance is optional and recording will be made accessible for those who cannot attend.
- Homework: Homework is extremely important. Your success in this class is dependent upon your ability to work and understand the homework problems. Watch the video and do the homework.
- Chapter Tests: There will be a test at the end of each chapter. All quizzes, and tests are closed books. You cannot use the internet, any textbook nor notes.
- Exams: There will be a midterm and final exam.
You can ask questions through several ways:
- Discussion forum. Students, TAs and the instructor will be answering questions there.
- Come to live class with your questions.
I hold an M.A. in Mathematics from Columbia University in New York and a B.A. in Mathematics and B.A. in Statistics from the University of California, Berkeley. My professional background includes work as an Investment Banker, Financial Software Engineer, and Actuarial Consultant. After my children began school, I decided to homeschool them, customizing courses to fit their individual abilities and needs. Through this experience, I began teaching math to homeschool co-ops and after school classes. Many of my students have excelled academically and won national math competitions. I have taught math online and in-person for over 15 years. I am passionate about teaching students from all over the world and seeing them succeed in math. For more information about me and my teaching philosophy, please visit www.mathamelia.com.
Ms. Chan has perfectly prepared me for my AP test. I got a 5 with confidence.
The AP class is one of the most rewarding classes of my high school education. The class prepared me well and I am able to tackle all the challenging questions found in the exam. More importantly, it confirms my interest in pursuing STEM majors.
There are many math teachers in this area but what makes Amelia different is her love for students. She does not only guide the student’s math education but genuinely cares for their emotional well being. There is a lot of pressure studying in this area. We need more teachers that are thoughtful, encouraging and loving like Amelia.
Amelia, you have made a strong impression on my daughter in the first lesson. She said that if you were their math teacher for Algebra, everyone would love you. She does not enjoy math but you have made her feel really comfortable with it just by one class. That is a huge compliment coming from a very critical almost teenage girl. Thank you.
My two daughters have worked with many tutors and taken many math classes even Russian Math school and Amelia Chan has been by far the most skilled at explaining math concepts in a quick, efficient smart way that has translated to very high scores on placement exams. She is no nonsense and respects our time and efforts and I would highly recommend her.
When we started tutoring with Amelia, we were having trouble with rational functions, now we have mastered that and are on to trig topics and understanding them in depth.
I really enjoy going to tutoring sessions, because I know every minute will be used efficiently to help me move forward at the fastest pace possible. She makes sure I understand and can do my work as efficiently as possible and is always able to give targeted advice without missing a beat. I am sure she could do this for first graders up to a really high level and am glad we used her for alg 2/trig.