id: 02368548
dt: a
an: 2006c.01580
au: Schattschneider, Doris
ti: College precalculus can be a barrier to calculus: integration of
precalculus with calculus can achieve success.
so: Baxter Hastings, Nancy, A fresh start for collegiate mathematics.
Mathematical Association of America, Washington, DC (ISBN
0-88385-179-2). 285-294 (2006).
py: 2006
pu: Mathematical Association of America, Washington, DC
la: EN
cc: D15 B40 D35
ut: precalculus
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ab: One of the primary functions of a precalculus course (whether in high
school or in a college or university setting) is to serve as a
preparation for the first course in calculus. It is this â€™preparing
for calculusâ€™ course, specifically in the college or university
setting, that we assert is failing in its stated purpose. The dismal
percentage of those who complete precalculus and continue on to
complete the calculus I course makes it clear that something is very
wrong. Tinkering with content, technology, and pedagogy may improve the
precalculus course, but these repairs do not address several
fundamental problems. We discuss here an alternative one-year college
course that integrates the review of precalculus topics on a just-in
time basis; it has shown documented success in helping a larger number
of students succeed in completing calculus I. (Introduction)
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