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Introduction to Calculus

For high school seniors and graduates
Six 2-hour sessions

This course is for high school seniors who will take calculus in the fall and for graduates who will take their first calculus class as college freshmen. As everyone knows, calculus can be a demanding and difficult course, even for very strong math students. Many high school seniors who have always gotten good grades in math find calculus to be their first truly challenging math course. By September or October, some will receive their first low math grades. For high school graduates, this inherent difficulty of calculus is often exacerbated by the fact that freshmen calculus courses are often very large classes in which students receive little if any individual attention. And the smaller review sessions are usually taught by graduate students who, despite their knowledge of calculus, are not always adept at communicating that knowledge.

When the proper approach is taken, calculus is not really that difficult. It follows logically from advanced algebra. This course will prepare students for calculus by emphasizing the many connections between the unfamiliar concepts they will study in calculus and the familiar counterparts to those concepts from algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. The abstract principles of calculus can be easily learned when they are made concrete—this course brings calculus down to earth. I’m confident that students who take the course will find calculus less stressful and more enjoyable. They will avoid hitting the calculus wall in September.

Students will work through two of Mark Ryan’s books, Calculus for Dummies, 2nd Edition and Calculus Workbook for Dummies, 2nd Edition. The books will be provided to students free of charge. (Click on “Mark Ryan” above or below to read descriptions of Mark Ryan’s books.)

Course Fee:

Full Price: $625
Early Registration: $550 ($75 off) (through June 1st)
Registering with a Friend: $550 ($75 off)
Early Registration with a Friend: $475 ($150 off)

Save an additional $10 by paying with a credit card.

Dates and Times:

First 3-week session:

Section A: Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:45 PM to 8:45 PM, beginning June 18 and ending July 6
The last class will meet on Friday, July 6 instead of Wednesday, July 4.

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Second 3-week session:

(This class is not offered during this session.)


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