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Helping Instructors Prepare Students in Prerequisite Math Courses

During discussions in SIMPLE meetings, a concern that came up early in the Fall 2015 semester was how prerequisite mathematics classes are not homogeneous, which means students have varied levels of preparation, and in some unfortunate circumstances, students are not completely ready for their current course.  Since instructors can get behind, or that classes are sometimes canceled (e.g., snow days), we considered which topics could be listed as optional in Calculus 1 and 2, and we discussed the possibility of providing instructors of these courses with target schedules. Little discussion happened in the SIMPLE meetings regarding the course which many students place when they enter GMU: Precalculus Mathematics.  Consequently, I decided to collect, create, refine, and organize resources for future instructors of Precalculus.

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