Calculus

The mathematics component of the Bridge Program is a short course in college-level calculus. One of the goals of the course is that the students learn how college-level calculus differs from high school classes and how they can succeed in a college math class. Learning to work in groups, to communicate ideas both verbally and in writing, to use technology, and to manage time are additional goals of the math component.

In math lab, students use computers to model different dynamic systems. They explore what occurs in the model after adjusting certain parameters. They look for changes in long-range behavior. By the end of the session, students feel comfortable finding limits and derivatives, and using new computer software.

Students often work in groups to solve problems,with help from the three instructors (one professor, and two college student aides) as needed. Both math and physics classes meet every day. In the afternoon, students attend lab: math one day and physics the next. Evening study hours are devoted to math one night and physics the next.

The culmination of the program is a poster session on the last day. Students work in groups to investigate simulated problems and prepare and present their posters. Presentations are both in poster form (as above) and oral.

     

 

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