Calc BC?

Discus: SAT/ACT Tests and Test Preparation: June 2004 Archive: Calc BC?

What is the difference between AB and BC calc?
CAn i learn BC alongside AB?a

 By Number9 (Number9) on Thursday, June 10, 2004 - 11:28 pm: Edit

You are taught AB material before BC, obviously. When you take the BC test, you'll get an AB subscore.

Some schools require AB to be taken before BC, some skip AB altogether, and some will do AB the first half of the year and the 2nd half will be BC.

So, yes, you can learn BC alongside.

 By Madd87 (Madd87) on Thursday, June 10, 2004 - 11:36 pm: Edit

AB is precal and 1st semester calc, BC is 1st and 2nd semester calc.

stuff thats in bc and not in ab is based on ab so you have to know ab before you can learn bc.

At least im pretty sure how that is.

 By Bfoleyx3 (Bfoleyx3) on Friday, June 11, 2004 - 03:52 pm: Edit

i took BC this year. BC is all of AB plus some more, such as polars, vectors, etc...but BC is just basically AB plus a little more in the same time period, so a little more intense.

 By Madd87 (Madd87) on Friday, June 11, 2004 - 04:00 pm: Edit

bc is a lot more than ab.. ab only goes through area and volume while bc does more integration techniques, sequences and series, polars, vectors, parametric, and sometimes even trig substitution (depends on teacher because it was dropped from AP)

sequences and series, polars, vectors, parametric

isn't this all precal?

 By Athlonmj (Athlonmj) on Friday, June 11, 2004 - 07:58 pm: Edit

yeah they are precal topics but with calculus added to them

 By Stonedpanda (Stonedpanda) on Friday, June 11, 2004 - 07:58 pm: Edit

Except that precalc "sequences and series, polars, vectors, parametric" is to calc "sequences and series, polars, vectors, parametric" is the same difference as what pre-algebra sin and cosine are to algebra II sin and cosine.

And in Calc BC, you only learn series and not sequences.

 By Emmittsmith (Emmittsmith) on Saturday, June 12, 2004 - 11:21 pm: Edit

>And in Calc BC, you only learn series and not sequences.

That's not entirely true. Convergence of sequences is technically covered.

 By Athlonmj (Athlonmj) on Saturday, June 12, 2004 - 11:26 pm: Edit

yeah but that's easy... it's like 98% series and 2% sequences. btw, they might not have an free response question on taylor/maclaurin series next year since they've had it for the past 6 years (this year included)

 By Masihshinwa (Masihshinwa) on Saturday, June 12, 2004 - 11:33 pm: Edit

There was no taylor/maclaurin on this year's BC test. It was a lagrange series.