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ENDURING UNDERSTANDING
LIM1 Reasoning with definitions, theorems, and properties can be used to justify claims about limits.
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Topic Name & Learning Objective: 
Essential Knowledge 
1.1 Introducing Calculus: Can change occur in an instant?
LEARNING OBJECTIVE CHA1.A Interpret the rate of change at an instant in terms of average rates of change over intervals containing that instant. 
CHA1.A.1 Calculus uses limits to understand and model dynamic change. 
CHA1.A.2 Because an average rate of change divides the change in one variable by the change in another, the average rate of change is undefined at a point where the change in the independent variable would be zero.  
CHA1.A.3 The limit concept allows us to define instantaneous rate of change in terms of average rates of change. 
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1.2 Defining Limits Using Limit Notation
LEARNING OBJECTIVES LIM1.A Represent limits analytically using correct notation. IM1.B Interpret limits expressed in analytic notation. 
LIM1.A.1 Given a function f, the limit of f (x) as x approaches c is a real number R if f (x) can be made arbitrarily close to R by taking x sufficiently close to c (but not equal to c). If the limit exists and is a real number, then 
LIM1.B.1 A limit can be expressed in multiple ways, including graphically, numerically, and analytically. 
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Deltas and Epsilons Why this topic is not tested on the AP Calculus Exams.
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1.3 Estimating Limit Values from Graphs
LEARNING OBJECTIVE LIM1.C Estimate limits of functions. 
LIM1.C.1 The concept of a limit includes one sided limits. 
LIM1.C.2 Graphical information about a function can be used to estimate limits.  
LIM1.C.3 Because of issues of scale, graphical representations of functions may miss important function behavior.  
LIM1.C.4 A limit might not exist for some functions at particular values of x. Some ways that the limit might not exist are if the function is unbounded, if the function is oscillating near this value, or if the limit from the left does not equal the limit from the right. 
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1.4 Estimating Limit Values from Tables
LEARNING OBJECTIVE LIM1.C Estimate limits of functions. 
LIM1.C.5 Numerical information can be used to estimate limits. 
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1.5 Determining Limits Using Algebraic Properties of Limits
LEARNING OBJECTIVE LIM1.D Determine the limits of functions using limit theorems. 
LIM1.D.1 Onesided limits can be determined analytically or graphically. 
LIM1.D.2 Limits of sums, differences, products, quotients, and composite functions can be found using limit theorems. 
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1.6 Determining Limits Using Algebraic Manipulation
LEARNING OBJECTIVE LIM1.E Determine the limits of functions using equivalent expressions for the function or the squeeze theorem 
LIM1.E.1 It may be necessary or helpful to rearrange expressions into equivalent forms before evaluating limits. 
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1.7 Selecting Procedures for Determining Limits  None 
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1.8 Determining Limits Using the Squeeze Theorem
LEARNING OBJECTIVE LIM1.E Determine the limits of functions using equivalent expressions for the function or the squeeze theorem. 
ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE LIM1.E.2 The limit of a function may be found by using the squeeze theorem. 
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1.9 Connecting Multiple Representations of Limits  None 
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ENDURING UNDERSTANDING
LIM2 Reasoning with definitions, theorems, and properties can be used to justify claims about continuity.
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1.10 Exploring Types of Discontinuities
LEARNING OBJECTIVE LIM2.A Justify conclusions about continuity at a point using the definition. 
LIM2.A.1 Types of discontinuities include removable discontinuities, jump discontinuities, and discontinuities due to vertical asymptotes. 
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Continuity Should continuity come before limits?
Continuity The definition of continuity.
Continuous Fun A fuller discussion of continuity and its definition
Fun with Continuity Defined everywhere and continuous nowhere. Continuous only at a single point.
Right Answer – Wrong Question Continuity or continuity “on its domain”?
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1.11 Defining Continuity at a Point
LEARNING OBJECTIVE LIM2.A Justify conclusions about continuity at a point using the definition. 
LIM2.A.2 A function f is continuous at x = c provided that f(c) exists, exists, and 
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Continuity The definition of continuity.
Continuous Fun A fuller discussion of continuity and its definition
Continuity The definition of continuity.
Continuous Fun A fuller discussion of continuity and its definition
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1.12 Confirming Continuity on an Interval
LEARNING OBJECTIVE LIM2.B Determine intervals over which a function is continuous. 
LIM2.B.1 A function is continuous on an interval if the function is continuous at each point in the interval. 
LIM2.B.2 Polynomial, rational, power, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions are continuous on all points in their domains. 
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Continuity The definition of continuity.
Continuous Fun A fuller discussion of continuity and its definition
Continuity The definition of continuity.
Continuous Fun A fuller discussion of continuity and its definition
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1.13 Removing Discontinuities
LEARNING OBJECTIVE LIM2.C Determine values of x or solve for parameters that make discontinuous functions continuous, if possible. 
LIM2.C.1 If the limit of a function exists at a discontinuity in its graph, then it is possible to remove the discontinuity by defining or redefining the value of the function at that point, so it equals the value of the limit of the function as x approaches that point. 
LIM2.C.2 In order for a piecewisedefined function to be continuous at a boundary to the partition of its domain, the value of the expression defining the function on one side of the boundary must equal the value of the expression defining the other side of the boundary, as well as the value of the function at the boundary. 
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Continuity The definition of continuity.
Continuous Fun A fuller discussion of continuity and its definition
Continuity The definition of continuity.
Continuous Fun A fuller discussion of continuity and its definition
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1.14 Connecting Infinite Limits and Vertical Asymptotes
LEARNING OBJECTIVE LIM2.D Interpret the behavior of functions using limits involving infinity. 
LIM2.D.1 The concept of a limit can be extended to include infinite limits. 
LIM2.D.2 Asymptotic and unbounded behavior of functions can be described and explained using limits. 
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Right Answer – Wrong Question Is a function continuous even if it has a vertical asymptote?
Asymptotes The graphical manifestation of certain limit
How to Tell Your Asymptote from a Hole in the Graph From the technology series. Showing holes and asymptotes on a graphing calculator.
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1.15 Connecting Limits at Infinity and Horizontal Asymptotes
LEARNING OBJECTIVE LIM2.D Interpret the behavior of functions using limits involving infinity. 
LIM2.D.3 The concept of a limit can be extended to include limits at infinity. 
LIM2.D.4 Limits at infinity describe end behavior.  
LIM2.D.5 Relative magnitudes of functions and their rates of change can be compared using limits. 
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Asymptotes The graphical manifestation of certain limits
Far Out A fun limit, but best saved until after students can find maximum values and points of inflection.
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ENDURING UNDERSTANDING
FUN1 Existence theorems allow us to draw conclusions about a function’s behavior on an interval without precisely locating that behavior.
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1.16 Working with the Intermediate Value Theorem
LEARNING OBJECTIVE FUN1.A Explain the behavior of a function on an interval using the Intermediate Value Theorem. 
FUN1.A .1 If f is a continuous function on the closed interval [a, b] and d is a number between f (a) and f (b), then the Intermediate Value Theorem guarantees that there is at least one number c between a and b, such that f(c) = d. 
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Theorems The Intermediate Value Theorem (IVT) and suggestions on teaching theorems
Intermediate Weather Using the I
Then There Is This on Existence Theorems
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Exclusion Statement

EXCLUSION STATEMENT The epsilondelta definition of a limit is not assessed on the AP Calculus AB or BC Exam. However, teachers may include this topic in the course if time permits. 
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Deltas and Epsilons Why this topic is not tested on the AP Calculus Exams.
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