# Calculus Curriculum

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Calculus | Functions
☐ Introduction to continuity
☐ Intermediate Value Theorem and Extreme Value Theorem
☐ Understand how the behavior of the graphs of polynomials can be predicted from the equation, including: continuity, whether the leading term has an even or odd exponent, the size of the factor of the leading term, the number of turning points, and end behavior.
☐ Understand what is meant by saying that a function is increasing, strictly increasing, decreasing or strictly decreasing.
☐ Understand what is meant by the following terms for a function, and how to find them from the graph of the function: Local Maximum, Local Minimum, Global Maximum and Global Minimum.
☐ Understand what is meant by a continuous function and how continuity can depend upon the domain.
Calculus | Infinite Series
☐ Express a function as a Taylor series.
Calculus | Derivatives
☐ Introduction to derivatives
☐ From average rate of change to instantaneous rate of change, derivatives as dy/dx
☐ Derivatives and continuity
☐ Slope of a curve at a point: where there is a vertical tangent, or no tangents
☐ Approximating rate of change (graphs and tables)
☐ Differentiate functions using the Derivative Rules
☐ Find the second derivative of a function using the rules of differentiation
☐ Find a maximum or minimum using derivatives and applying the second derivative test.
☐ Understand what it means to say a function is differentiable, and how to choose an appropriate domain. Know that a differentiable function is continuous, but a continuous function is not necessarily differentiable.
☐ Know how to use the Derivative Rules to differentiate a function implicitly.
☐ Find the first and second partial derivative of a function in two variables.
Calculus | Differential Equations
☐ Introduction to differential equations: 1. Order and (if appropriate) degree. 2. What is meant by a linear differential equation.
☐ Solve first order differential equations by the method of Separation of Variables.
☐ Solve first order differential equations by the homogeneous method.
☐ Solve first order Linear differential equations.
☐ Solve first order Bernoulli differential equations.
☐ Solve second order linear differential equations of the type y" + py' +qy = 0 where the characteristic equation has two distinct real roots.
☐ Solve second order linear differential equations of the type y" + py' +qy = 0 where the characteristic equation has one real root.
☐ Solve second order linear differential equations of the type y" + py' +qy = 0 where the characteristic equation has two complex roots.
☐ Solve second order linear differential equations of the type y" + py' +qy = f(x) using the method of undetermined coefficients.
☐ Solve second order homogeneous differential equations using the method of Variation of Parameters.
☐ Solve first order differential equations by the method of exact equations and integrating factors.
Calculus | Integrals
☐ Introduction to Integration. Understand that integration is the inverse of differentiation, and recognize the importance of the constant of integration.
☐ Integrate functions using the Integration rules.
☐ Integrate products of functions using Integration by Parts, and know how this method can sometimes be applied to integrating single functions.
☐ Integration by Substitution
☐ Calculate definite integrals and know how they relate to areas.
☐ Use the arc length formula to find the length of an arc of a curve.
☐ Use approximate methods - LRAM, RRAM, MRAM, Trapezoidal and Simpson's Rule - to find the values of integrals.
☐ Calculate the volumes of solids of revolution using disks, washers or shells.
Calculus | Limits
☐ Introduction to limits
☐ Evaluating limits
☐ Formal definition of limits
☐ Estimating limits (graphs and tables)
☐ Continuity and Limits - how to interpret the limit of a function at a discontinuity ("hole", "pointy change" or "jump").
☐ Use Cavalieri's Principle and informal limit arguments to find areas and volumes.
☐ Use L'Hopital's Rule to evaluate limits.