
MathExcel: Calculus Among Friends  by Mike Freeman
A General Description MathExcel is a oneyear program beginning in the fall of each academic year. The MathExcel students attend the same three Calculus I lectures each week, but they supplant the two recitations with what we call "Calculus Workshop," special MathExcel workshops that meet three times a week for two hours each. The Workshops are organized around cooperative study, and their activities are more stimulating and somewhat more challenging than regular homework or test problems. Outside the Workshops, the MathExcel students do the same regular homework as the nonMathExcel students in the class. Thus MathExcel requires three more hours of class per week. Calculus Workshop awards two units of Pass/Fail credit, which means that MathExcel students earn four units of normally graded credit received by every Calculus I/II student, plus two units of Pass/Fail credit.
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