Cracking the AP Calculus AB Exam 2018, Premium Edition

Cracking the AP Calculus AB Exam 2018, Premium Edition

Author: Princeton Review

Publisher: Princeton Review


Publish Date: August 1, 2017

ISBN-10: 1524710008

Pages: 784

File Type: EPub

Language: English

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Book Preface


Your route to a high score on the AP Calculus AB Exam depends a lot on how you plan to use this book. Start thinking about your plan by responding to the following questions.

1. Rate your level of confidence about your knowledge of the content tested by the AP Calculus AB Exam:

A. Very confident—I know it all

B. I’m pretty confident, but there are topics for which I could use help

C. Not confident—I need quite a bit of support

D. I’m not sure

2. If you have a goal score in mind, highlight your goal score for the AP Calculus AB Exam:

 5 4 3 2 1 I’m not sure yet

3. What do you expect to learn from this book? Highlight all that apply to you.

A. A general overview of the test and what to expect

B. Strategies for how to approach the test

C. The content tested by this exam

D. I’m not sure yet


This book is organized to provide as much—or as little—support as you need, so you can use this book in whatever way will be most helpful for improving your score on the AP Calculus AB Exam.

The remainder of Part I will provide guidance on how to use this book and help you determine your strengths and weaknesses.

Part II of this book contains Practice Test 1, and its answers and explanations. (Bubble sheets can be downloaded as PDFs here.) We strongly recommend that you take this test before going any further, in order to realistically determine

  • your starting point right now
  • which question types you’re ready for and which you might need to practice
  • which content topics you are familiar with and which you will want to carefully review

 Once you have nailed down your strengths and weaknesses with regard to this exam, you can focus your test preparation, build a study plan, and be efficient with your time.

Part III of this book will

  • provide information about the structure, scoring, and content of the AP Calculus AB Exam.
  • help you to make a study plan.
  • point you towards additional resources.

Part IV of this book will explore the following strategies:

  • how to attack multiple-choice questions
  • how to write a high scoring free-response answer
  • how to manage your time to maximize the number of points available to you

Part V of this book covers the content you need for your exam.

Parts VI and VII of this book contain four additional Practice Tests, their answers and explanations, and an Appendix containing formulas you should know. If you skipped Practice Test 1, we recommend that you do all five (with at least a day or two between them) so that you can compare your progress between them. Additionally, this will help to identify any external issues: if you get a certain type of question wrong both times, you probably need to review it. If you only got it wrong once, you may have run out of time or been distracted by something. In either case, this will allow you to focus on the factors that caused the discrepancy and to be as prepared as possible on the day of the test.

You may choose to use some parts of this book over others, or you may work through the entire book. This will depend on your needs and how much time you have. Let’s now look at how to make this determination.



Title Page



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Part I: Using This Book to Improve Your AP Score

Preview: Your Knowledge, Your Expectations
Your Guide to Using This Book
How to Begin

Part II: Practice Test 1

Practice Test 1
Practice Test 1: Answers and Explanations

Part III: About the AP Calculus AB Exam

AB Calculus vs. BC Calculus
The Structure of the Calculus Exam
How the AP Calculus AB Exam is Scored
Overview of Content Topics
General Overview of This Book
How AP Exams Are Used
Other Resources
Designing Your Study Plan

Part IV: Test-Taking Strategies for the AP Calculus AB Exam

1 How to Approach Multiple-Choice Questions

2 How to Approach Free-Response Questions

Part V: Content Review for the AP Calculus AB Exam

Unit 1: Differential Calculus Essentials

3 Limits

What is a Limit?
Limits of Trigonometric Functions
Practice Problem Set 1

4 Continuity

The Definition of Continuity
Types of Discontinuities
Practice Problem Set 2

5 The Definition of the Derivative

Deriving the Formula
Practice Problem Set 3

6 Differentiability

The Power Rule
The Addition Rule
Higher Order Derivatives
Practice Problem Set 4
The Product Rule
The Quotient Rule
The Chain Rule
Practice Problem Set 5
Derivatives of Trig Functions
Graphical Derivatives
Practice Problem Set 6

7 Implicit Differentiation

How to Do It
Second Derivatives
Practice Problem Set 7

Unit 1 Drill

Unit 2: Differential Calculus Applications

8 Basic Applications of the Derivative

Equations of Tangent Lines and Normal Lines
Practice Problem Set 8
The Mean Value Theorem for Derivatives
Rolle’s Theorem
Practice Problem Set 9

9 Maxima and Minima

Applied Maxima and Minima Problems
Practice Problem Set 10
Curve Sketching
Practice Problem Set 11

10 Motion

Related Rates
Practice Problem Set 12
Position, Velocity, and Acceleration
Practice Problem Set 13

11 Exponential and Logarithmic Functions, Part One

The Derivative of ln x
The Derivative of ex
The Derivative of logax
The Derivative of ax
Practice Problem Set 14

12 Other Topics in Differential Calculus

The Derivative of an Inverse Function
Practice Problem Set 15
Practice Problem Set 16
L’Hôpital’s Rule
Practice Problem Set 17

Unit 2 Drill

Unit 3: Integral Calculus Essentials

13 The Integral

The Antiderivative
Integrals of Trig Functions
Addition and Subtraction
Practice Problem Set 18
Practice Problem Set 19

14 Definite Integrals

Area Under a Curve
Tabular Riemann Sums
Practice Problem Set 20
The Mean Value Theorem for Integrals
Practice Problem Set 21

15 Exponential and Logarithmic Functions, Part Two

Inverse Trig Functions
Practice Problem Set 22
More Integrals of Trig Functions
Integrating ex and ax
Practice Problem Set 23

Unit 3 Drill

Unit 4: Integral Calculus Applications

16 The Area Between Two Curves

Vertical Slices
Horizontal Slices
Practice Problem Set 24

17 The Volume of a Solid of Revolution

Washers and Disks
Cylindrical Shells
Volumes of Solids with Known Cross-Sections
Practice Problem Set 25

18 Differential Equations

Separation of Variables
Slope Fields
Practice Problem Set 26

Unit 4 Drill

19 Solutions to Practice Problem Sets and Unit Drills

Part VI: Practice Tests 2 and 3

Practice Test 2
Practice Test 2: Answers and Explanations
Practice Test 3
Practice Test 3: Answers and Explanations

Part VII: Additional Practice Tests

Practice Test 4
Practice Test 4: Answers and Explanations
Practice Test 5
Practice Test 5: Answers and Explanations


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