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Did you know that fewer than 50% of students taking the AP® Calculus exam make a 3 or above? The AP® Calculus BC exam is one of the toughest around. Get a leg up on this difficult subject by learning the fundamentals of calculus from award-winning professor Edward Burger.

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1. Unit 1: Limits and Continuity

1.1 Limits and Continuity
1.1.1 An Introduction to Thinkwell Calculus
1.1.2 The Two Questions of Calculus
1.1.3 How to Do Math
1.1.4 Average Rates of Change
1.1.5 Finding Rate of Change over an Interval
1.1.6 Finding Limits Graphically
1.1.7 The Limit Laws, Part I
1.1.8 The Limit Laws, Part II
1.1.9 One-Sided Limits
1.1.10 The Squeeze Theorem
1.1.11 Continuity and Discontinuity
1.1.12 Evaluating Limits
1.1.13 Limits and Indeterminate Forms
1.1.14 Two Techniques for Evaluating Limits
1.1.15 An Overview of Limits
1.1.16 Vertical Asymptotes
1.1.17 Horizontal Asymptotes and Infinite Limits
1.1.18 Three Big Theorems

2. Unit 2: Differentiation: Definition and Basic Derivative Rules

2.1 Differentiation: Definition and Basic Derivative Rules
2.1.1 Rates of Change, Secants, and Tangents
2.1.2 Finding Instantaneous Velocity
2.1.3 The Derivative
2.1.4 Instantaneous Rate
2.1.5 The Slope of a Tangent Line
2.1.6 The Equation of a Tangent Line
2.1.7 Differentiability
2.1.8 The Derivative of the Reciprocal Function
2.1.9 The Derivative of the Square Root Function
2.1.10 A Shortcut for Finding Derivatives
2.1.11 A Quick Proof of the Power Rule
2.1.12 Uses of the Power Rule
2.1.13 The Product Rule
2.1.14 The Quotient Rule
2.1.15 The Derivatives of Trigonometric Functions
2.1.16 Derivatives of Exponential Functions
2.1.17 The Derivative of the Natural Log Function

3. Unit 3: Differentiation: Composite, Implicit, and Inverse Functions

3.1 Differentiation: Composite, Implicit, and Inverse Functions
3.1.1 An Introduction to the Chain Rule
3.1.2 Using the Chain Rule
3.1.3 Combining Computational Techniques
3.1.4 Using the Derivative Rules with Transcendental Functions
3.1.5 An Introduction to Implicit Differentiation
3.1.6 Finding the Derivative Implicitly
3.1.7 Differentiating Logarithmic Functions
3.1.8 Logarithmic Differentiation
3.1.9 Derivatives of Inverse Functions
3.1.10 Derivatives of Inverse Trigonometric Functions
3.1.11 Higher-Order Derivatives and Linear Approximation

4. Unit 4: Contextual Applications of Differentiation

4.1 Contextual Applications of Differentiation
4.1.1 Acceleration and the Derivative
4.1.2 More on Instantaneous Rate
4.1.3 Solving Word Problems Involving Distance and Velocity
4.1.4 The Pebble Problem
4.1.5 The Ladder Problem
4.1.6 The Baseball Problem
4.1.7 The Blimp Problem
4.1.8 Math Anxiety
4.1.9 Higher-Order Derivatives and Linear Approximation
4.1.10 Using the Tangent Line Approximation Formula
4.1.11 Indeterminate Forms
4.1.12 An Introduction to L'Hôpital's Rule
4.1.13 Basic Uses of L'Hôpital's Rule
4.1.14 More Exotic Examples of Indeterminate Forms

5. Unit 5: Analytical Applications of Differentiation

5.1 Analytical Applications of Differentiation
5.1.1 Three Big Theorems
5.1.2 Critical Points
5.1.3 Maximum and Minimum
5.1.4 Regions Where a Function Increases or Decreases
5.1.5 The First Derivative Test
5.1.6 Concavity and Inflection Points
5.1.7 Using the Second Derivative to Examine Concavity
5.1.8 Graphs of Polynomial Functions
5.1.9 Cusp Points and the Derivative
5.1.10 Domain-Restricted Functions and the Derivative
5.1.11 The Second Derivative Test
5.1.12 Graphing Functions with Asymptotes
5.1.13 Functions with Asymptotes and Holes
5.1.14 Functions with Asymptotes and Critical Points
5.1.15 Morale Moment
5.1.16 The Connection Between Slope and Optimization
5.1.17 The Fence Problem
5.1.18 The Box Problem
5.1.19 The Can Problem
5.1.20 The Wire-Cutting Problem
5.1.21 Using Implicit Differentiation
5.1.22 Applying Implicit Differentiation

6. Unit 6: Integration and Accumulation of Change

6.1 Integration and Accumulation of Change
6.1.1 Antidifferentiation
6.1.2 Antiderivatives of Powers of x
6.1.3 Antiderivatives of Trigonometric and Exponential Functions
6.1.4 Undoing the Chain Rule
6.1.5 Integrating Polynomials by Substitution
6.1.6 Integrating Composite Trigonometric Functions by Substitution
6.1.7 Integrating Composite Exponential and Rational Functions by Substitution
6.1.8 More Integrating Trigonometric Functions by Substitution
6.1.9 Choosing Effective Function Decompositions
6.1.10 Approximating Areas of Plane Regions
6.1.11 Areas, Riemann Sums, and Definite Integrals
6.1.12 The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, Part I
6.1.13 The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, Part II
6.1.14 Illustrating the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus
6.1.15 Evaluating Definite Integrals
6.1.16 Long Division
6.1.17 More Calculus of Inverse Trigonometric Functions
6.1.18 Deriving the Trapezoidal Rule
6.1.19 An Example of the Trapezoidal Rule
6.1.20 An Introduction to Integrals with Powers of Sine and Cosine
6.1.21 Integrals with Powers of Sine and Cosine
6.1.22 Integrals with Even and Odd Powers of Sine and Cosine
6.1.23 Integrals of Other Trigonometric Functions
6.1.24 Integrals with Odd Powers of Tangent and Any Power of Secant
6.1.25 Integrals with Even Powers of Secant and Any Power of Tangent
6.1.26 An Introduction to Integration by Parts
6.1.27 Applying Integration by Parts to the Natural Log Function
6.1.28 Inspirational Examples of Integration by Parts
6.1.29 Repeated Application of Integration by Parts
6.1.30 Algebraic Manipulation and Integration by Parts
6.1.31 Finding Partial Fraction Decompositions
6.1.32 Partial Fractions
6.1.33 The First Type of Improper Integral
6.1.34 The Second Type of Improper Integral
6.1.35 Infinite Limits of Integration, Convergence, and Divergence

7. Unit 7: Differential Equations

7.1 Differential Equations
7.1.1 An Introduction to Differential Equations
7.1.2 Direction Fields
7.1.3 Euler's Method for Solving Differential Equations Numerically
7.1.4 Solving Separable Differential Equations
7.1.5 Finding a Particular Solution
7.1.6 Exponential Growth
7.1.7 Radioactive Decay
7.1.8 Logistic Growth

8. Unit 8: Applications of Integration

8.1 Applications of Integration
8.1.1 Finding the Average Value of a Function
8.1.2 Antiderivatives and Motion
8.1.3 Gravity and Vertical Motion
8.1.4 Solving Vertical Motion Problems
8.1.5 The Area between Two Curves
8.1.6 Limits of Integration and Area
8.1.7 Finding Areas by Integrating with Respect to y: Part One
8.1.8 Finding Areas by Integrating with Respect to y: Part Two
8.1.9 Area, Integration by Substitution, and Trigonometry
8.1.10 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Finding Areas
8.1.11 Regions Bound by Several Curves
8.1.12 Finding Volumes Using Cross-Sectional Slices
8.1.13 An Example of Finding Cross-Sectional Volumes
8.1.14 Solids of Revolution
8.1.15 The Disk Method along the y-Axis
8.1.16 A Transcendental Example of the Disk Method
8.1.17 The Washer Method across the x-Axis
8.1.18 The Washer Method across the y-Axis
8.1.19 An Introduction to Arc Length
8.1.20 Finding Arc Lengths of Curves Given by Functions

9. Unit 9: Parametric Equations, Polar Coordinates, and Vector-Valued Functions

9.1 Parametric Equations, Polar Coordinates, and Vector-Valued Functions
9.1.1 An Introduction to Parametric Equations
9.1.2 The Cycloid
9.1.3 Eliminating Parameters
9.1.4 Derivatives of Parametric Equations
9.1.5 Graphing the Elliptic Curve
9.1.6 The Arc Length of a Parameterized Curve
9.1.7 Finding Arc Lengths of Curves Given by Parametric Equations
9.1.8 Introduction to Vector Functions
9.1.9 Derivatives of Vector Functions
9.1.10 Vector Functions: Velocity and Acceleration
9.1.11 The Polar Coordinate System
9.1.12 Converting between Polar and Cartesian Forms
9.1.13 Spirals and Circles
9.1.14 Graphing Some Special Polar Functions
9.1.15 Calculus and the Rose Curve
9.1.16 Finding the Slopes of Tangent Lines in Polar Form
9.1.17 Heading toward the Area of a Polar Region
9.1.18 Finding the Area of a Polar Region: Part One
9.1.19 Finding the Area of a Polar Region: Part Two
9.1.20 The Area of a Region Bounded by Two Polar Curves: Part One
9.1.21 The Area of a Region Bounded by Two Polar Curves: Part Two

10. Unit 10: Infinite Sequences and Series

10.1 Infinite Sequences and Series
10.1.1 An Introduction to Infinite Series
10.1.2 The Summation of Infinite Series
10.1.3 Geometric Series
10.1.4 Properties of Convergent Series
10.1.5 The nth-Term Test for Divergence
10.1.6 An Introduction to the Integral Test
10.1.7 Examples of the Integral Test
10.1.8 Using the Integral Test
10.1.9 Defining p-Series
10.1.10 An Introduction to the Direct Comparison Test
10.1.11 Using the Direct Comparison Test
10.1.12 An Introduction to the Limit Comparison Test
10.1.13 Using the Limit Comparison Test
10.1.14 Inverting the Series in the Limit Comparison Test
10.1.15 Alternating Series
10.1.16 The Alternating Series Test
10.1.17 Estimating the Sum of an Alternating Series
10.1.18 Absolute and Conditional Convergence
10.1.19 The Ratio Test
10.1.20 Examples of the Ratio Test
10.1.21 Polynomial Approximation of Elementary Functions
10.1.22 Higher-Degree Approximations
10.1.23 Taylor Polynomials
10.1.24 Maclaurin Polynomials
10.1.25 The Remainder of a Taylor Polynomial
10.1.26 Approximating the Value of a Function
10.1.27 Taylor Series
10.1.28 Examples of the Taylor and Maclaurin Series
10.1.29 New Taylor Series
10.1.30 The Convergence of Taylor Series
10.1.31 The Definition of Power Series
10.1.32 The Interval and Radius of Convergence
10.1.33 Finding the Interval and Radius of Convergence: Part One
10.1.34 Finding the Interval and Radius of Convergence: Part Two
10.1.35 Finding the Interval and Radius of Convergence: Part Three
10.1.36 Differentiation and Integration of Power Series
10.1.37 Finding Power Series Representations by Differentiation
10.1.38 Finding Power Series Representations by Integration
10.1.39 Integrating Functions Using Power Series

11. Practice AP Exams

11.1 Practice AP Exam #1
11.2 Practice AP Exam #2
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