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Topic: New topic: Calculus for recidivists.
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Brian Borchers

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New topic: Calculus for recidivists.
Posted: Oct 18, 2001 11:16 AM
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An examination of our records indicates that many of the students
who fail our calculus one course have already taken and failed the
course before. In one case I'm aware of, a student took and failed
the course six times before finally passing it!

Our current approach is to simply send failing students back into
the same course again and again until they pass, or until they leave
the institution.

I should note that we do have a placement system that seems to have
been effective in placing most students into mathematics courses
at the correct level. We know that students coming through the precalculus
sequence are doing about as well in calculus as those students who
place directly into calculus.

Has anyone out there come up with a better approach to dealing with
this problem?

Brian Borchers
Department of Mathematics
New Mexico Tech Phone: 505-835-5813
Socorro, NM 87801 FAX: 505-835-5366



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