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PST2C55:

Math Preparation for Under-prepared Students in Physics Courses
  Location: KFC Courts
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.2
  Time: 5:15 PM -6:00 PM
  Author: Jing Wang, Eastern Kentucky University
859-6221526, jing.wang@eku.edu
  Co-Author(s): Jerry Cook
  Abstract: Previous studies suggest that students enrolled in introductory physics courses are usually not well prepared in mathematical skills. Math placement tests and course prerequisites are the two frequently adopted methods in dealing with the issue. Unsatisfied by either method, the Department of Physics and Astronomy (PHAS) at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) decides to offer an alternative solution by offering an auxiliary short course taken concurrently with introductory physics. Recommendations are made to students with relatively-low math pre-test scores. However, the course is open to anyone who is taking introductory physics. This work will discuss PHAS's practice of assisting math-unprepared students through this course called Success in College Physics.
  Footnotes: None
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