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Calculus: 1 & 2 (college and AP)

Whether you're in high school or college, AP or regular, AB or BC, "Calculus for Business" or "Calculus for Science & Engineering," calculus classes always cover basically the same topics, in the same order. The only difference comes in whether certain topics are skipped and how hard the problems are. So no matter what school you're in, if you're in calculus, this page is for you!
We sometimes get the question of where Calc 1 ends and Calc 2 begins... It's different by school, but since everyone goes in roughly the same order, just look for where your class is now.
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  1. I. Limits & Continuity:

  2. Intro to Limits:
    Graphical limits
    Piecewise Functions
    Does the limit exist?

    The videos in this chapter cover the more conceptual side of limits. In the first video we cover what limits are, and give an overview of the various types of limit problems you'll see in calculus. The rest of the videos cover analyzing graphs for limits, figuring out if the limit "exists", and finding the limits of piecewise functions.

  3. Epsilon-Delta Limit Problems

    If your teacher covers this, you'll know it! Very painful way to start off limits.

  4. Continuity

    This chapter covers how to figure out if a function is continuous from both a graphical and limit perspective, including the definition of continuous.

  5. One-Sided Limits

    One-sided limits are the ones where you're approaching x from either the right or the left. 3+ means limit approaching 3 from the right, 3- means approaching 3 from the left.

  6. Limits of Giant Fractions (Rational Functions)

    These are your classic "big mess of algebra" limit problems, which happen when a limit is "indeteriminate" (plugging in results in 0/0 or infinity/infinity). This chapter covers finding limits of "giant fractions" (i.e. rational expressions) containing polynomials and roots & radicals.

  7. Limits at Infinity & Asymptotes

    This chapter covers what to do when X is approaching infinity (the sideways 8 symbol), as well as how we can use this new skill to find horizontal asymptotes of rational functions.

  8. Limit Properties

    You'll recognize these when you see them. They'll give you the limit of f & g (but not the equations themselves) and make you combine them. Sort of like log rules, if you're into that.

  9. Sine & Cosine Limits

    If a limit has a sine or cosine, this chapter covers it. Besides knowing your unit circle so you can plug in, this chapter has a couple special formulas and strategies. Also covered are special limits like sinx/x and cosx/x.

  10. The Squeeze Theorem

    These nasty puppies are limit problems with a sine or cosine which has an X in the denominator of the "argument", like sin(1/x) or cos(pi/x).

  11. Intermediate Value Theorem

    A theorem that's in the top five of most useless things you'll learn (or not) in calculus. Very little use, unless your teacher tells you it's on the test.

  12. Limit Definition of Derivative

    These videos introduce the limit definition of derivatives, which every class covers and then forgets about.

  13. L'Hopital's Rule

    This shortcut for finding limits is easier than everything that's come before, but it requires taking derivatives.

  14. II. Derivatives

  15. Tanget Line Equations

    How to find the equation of a line that's tangent to a function using derivatives. Also, we review point-slope form of lines.

  16. Basic Derivatives
    (no Chain Rule):
    Power Rule
    Polynomials
    Roots & Radicals
    Trig Functions

    This chapter covers the formulas for taking the derivatives of exponents, polynomials, powers of x, trig functions (sin, cos, tan, cot, sec, csc), exponentials, and radicals. As long as you don't need chain rule.

  17. Product & Quotient Rules (no chain rule)

    The basics of the product and quotient rules, but without the chain rule. There's a similar chapter covering these formulas with the chain rule later.

  18. Using The Chain Rule:
    Power Rule
    Roots & Radicals
    Trig Functions
    Exponentials
    Logs

    In this lengthy chapter we'll re-learn all the derivative formulas, except this time using the Chain Rule too: exponents (power rule), roots & radicals, trig functions, inverse trig functions, exponentials, and natural logs. A must-watch for Calculus students!

  19. Product & Quotient Rules (WITH chain rule)

    This chapter brings the chain rule to product and quotient derivatives. If you haven't, check out the first product & quotient rule chapter first.

  20. Implicit Differentiation

    In this chapter we'll cover the basics of taking derivatives implicitly (finding y'), using them to find equations of tangent lines, and finding second derivatives (y'').

  21. Related Rates

    Derivative word problems involving rates of change in area, volume, etc. All derivatives taken with respect to time.

  22. Mean Value & Rolle's Theorem

    In this chapter we cover these two straightforward (but basically useless) problem types that every teacher seems to ask.

  23. Graphing Derivatives

    This chapter is a grab bag of graphical analysis. Intervals of increase and decrease, how to find critical values, how to sketch the derivative of a function just from the sketch of the original function, and a general intro to relative extrema (maxima and minima).

  24. Maxima, Minima, &
    "The First Derivative Test"

    Extrema (maximums and minimums) come in two flavors: relative and absolute. This chapter covers both, and how to find them using the first derivative test.

  25. Optimization Word Problems

    The "other" derivative word problems (related rates are the big one), where you maximize or minimize the area, volume, or cost of some quantity.

  26. Inflection Points & Curve Sketching

    This chapter introduces concavity, points of inflection and the second derivative test, then reviews asymptotes, relative extrema, and how to find intercepts so you'll have the tools for graphing functions calculus-style.

  27. Special Derivatives

    The videos in this chapter cover specific and unusual types of derivatives that I wasn't sure where else to put, such as: xx and (sinX)x.

  28. Linear Approximation & Differentials

    Using the equation of the tangent line to approximate values of functions.

  29. Newton's Method

    A plug-and-chug chart for approximating the zeros (a.k.a. roots, intercepts, solutions) of a function.

  30. Differential Equations

    This chapter covers solving differential equations using integration: separation of variables, initial conditions, general solutions, specific solutions.

  31. III. Integrals & Anti-Derivatives

  32. Intro to Integration & Anti-Derivatives

    Basic integration (antiderivatives) of power rule polynomials, roots & radicals, trig functions, and initial value problems, all WITHOUT u-substitution.

  33. Riemann Sums & Area

    In this chapter we'll approximate area using left-hand sums, right-hand sums, midpoint, upper bounds, lower bounds, and trapezoid rules. Collectively, these are called "Riemann Sums" or "approximation integration".

  34. Definite Integrals

    In this chapter we use The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus and definite integrals (the ones with little numbers on the integral sign) to find the area under curves, negative area, and integral properties.

  35. U-Substitution Integration

    This chapter covers U-substitution with all the major integral types: power rule, roots, radicals, rational functions, fractions, exponentials, logs, trig functions.

  36. Average Value & Mean Value Theorem

    Finding the average value of a function on an interval, word problems, plug-and-chug.

  37. Fundamental Theorem of Calculus

    Both first and second fundamental theorems.

  38. Area Between Curves

    Using dx and dy integrals to find the area between functions

  39. Disks, Washers & Shells

    Volume: the hardest topic in calculus. Four hours of videos get you through the integral disk method, washer method, and shell method.

  40. Linear Approximation & Differentials

    Using the equation of the tangent line to approximate values of functions.

  41. IV. Advanced Integration Techniques

  42. Integration By Parts

    From easy to hard, this formula allows us to use u, v, du and dv to integrate the products of functions multiplied together.

  43. Integration by Trigonometric Substitution

    Also called "trig sub", a method for solving integrals with square roots in them by substituting a trig function for x.

  44. Trig Function Integrals

    The power reducing formula for sine and cosine, as well as how to integrate powers of sine, cosine, tangent, co-tangent, secant, co-secant.

  45. Partial Fraction Decomposition

    This chapter reviews partial fraction decomposition (in case you're rusty), then goes through how to use the technique to integrate some nasty rational functions.

  46. Improper Integrals

    Integrals where infinity is one of your limits of integration, or the function doesn't exist at one of the limits.

  47. Arc Length & Surface Area

    Using integration to find arc length of a function, or surface area of a revolved surface, on an interval.

  48. Differential Equations

    This chapter covers solving differential equations using integration: separation of variables, initial conditions, general solutions, specific solutions.

  49. Parametric Equations

    This chapter covers converting parametric equations to rectangular and back again, eliminating the parameter, parametric forms of circles and ellipses, and graphing them.

  50. V. Physics Applications of Calculus

  51. Work Done By A Force

    Work by a constant or variable force: gravity, expanding gas, friction, efficiency, power. Also fun explanations of what the heck work is, and how to figure out what these problems are even asking!

  52. Centroids & Center of Mass

    The first two videos in this chapter cover finding center of mass of one-dimensional and two-dimensional (2-D) systems without using calculus, then the final video covers using integrals.

  53. Fluid Pressure & Forces

    This chapter covers the basics of pressure and the forces that pressure can exert on a surface, then it gets into using integrals to find the pressure on a vertical surface (plate, window, etc.).

  54. Vectors

    Basics of vector addition, subtraction, multiplication, dot product, scalar product, magnitude, unit vectors, cross multiplication, and components.

  55. Projectile Motion
    (Pre-Calc Version)

    This chapter covers kinematics projectile motion problems as you would see in Pre-Calculus or Algebra 2 math classes. This topic is covered in more depth on the physics page. One-dimensional and two-dimensional gravity problems, range, vector components of velocity, etc.

  56. VI. Series

  57. Sequences, Series & Sigma Notation

    Common confusion: a "series" is just a sequence with plus signs between the terms instead of commas. All other questions, check out the chapter page, which includes a free printable pdf of all the formulas for arithmetic and geometric sequences.

  58. Convergence & Divergence:
    Nth Term Test
    Geometric Series Test
    P-Series Test
    Integral Test
    Comparison Test
    Limit Test
    Ratio Test
    Alternating Series

    Everything you could possibly need to know about convergence and divergence of infinite series is all in this one chapter because otherwise it would be really confusing. In addition to the topics listed to the left, there's a free overview of series convergence, as well as more obscure topics like the remainder (error) of an alternating series approximation.

  59. Taylor & Maclaurin Series

    This chapter covers non-linear approximation of functions, and the series expansions which make them possible.

  60. Power Series

    This chapter covers radius of convergence and intervals of convergence for power series, which are just the generic name for infinite series like Taylor and Maclaurin.

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