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  1. Accelerated Mathematics for Engineering and Science Students LeTourneau University Lois Knouse Mathematics

  2. Introduction and Rationale • LeTourneau Univ. is a small private university in East Texas

  3. Introduction and Rationale • LeTourneau Univ. is a small private university in East Texas • Major emphasis is Engineering and Technology

  4. Introduction and Rationale • LeTourneau Univ. is a small private university in East Texas • Major emphasis is Engineering and Technology • Necessary for Engineering majors to take Calculus I in 1st semester

  5. Introduction and Rationale • LeTourneau Univ. is a small private university in East Texas • Major emphasis is Engineering and Technology • Necessary for Engineering majors to take Calculus I in 1st semester • Students entering unable to begin in Calculus I

  6. The Program • Precalculus – 5 days a week, 7 weeks

  7. The Program • Precalculus – 5 days a week, 7 weeks • Calculus I – 5 days a week, 7 weeks

  8. The Program • Precalculus – 5 days a week, 7 weeks • Calculus I – 5 days a week, 7 weeks • Receive 6 hours of credit – 3 towards the engineering major – 3 general elective – all transferable

  9. The Program • Eligibility – Based on SAT/ACT Mathematics scores • SAT –  550 and  630 • ACT -  24 and  27 • Enrolled in English Composition I preferable

  10. The Program • Student has option to change to a regular Precalculus class within first 2 weeks

  11. The Program • Student has option to change to a regular Precalculus class within first 2 weeks • Student can complete Precalculus and choose to withdraw from Calculus I

  12. The Program • Student has option to change to a regular Precalculus class within first 2 weeks • Student can complete Precalculus and choose to withdraw from Calculus I • Students are encouraged to attend evening help sessions

  13. The Results • Completed 2 years

  14. The Results • Completed 2 years • Fall, 2004 • 33 students enrolled • 26 successfully completed Precalculus • 23 successfully completed Calculus I • 18 successfully completed Calculus II

  15. The Results • Fall, 2005 • 37 enrolled • 26 successfully completed Precalculus • 27 successfully completed Calculus I • 1 student with a D in Precalc. successfully completed Calc I • 18 successfully completed Calculus II • Several students changed major so only 22 attempted Calc. II

  16. Conclusion • A total of 35 students were ready for Calculus III or Differential Equations in their 3rd semester

  17. Conclusion • A total of 35 students were ready for Calculus III or Differential Equations in their 3rd semester • They were on track to take other courses required in the engineering curriculum

  18. Conclusion • If you have questions, feel free to email me at LoisKnouse@letu.edu • I’m looking forward to trying this program for a third year