Absolutely Basic Competency
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Freshman Calculus covers a wide range of topics. As students struggle to
learn concepts, techniques, and applications, it is possible for certain basic
skills to get lost in the shuffle. To ensure that students who pass freshman
calculus can do the basics, the Department of Mathematics has identified
standards for "Absolutely Basic Competency"--what we call the Calculus
ABCs. There are separate standards for MA131 and MA132, covering only
prerequisite material (see below). In both of these courses, students must
demonstrate mastery of these basic skills in order to receive a grade of C or
Passing a Calculus ABCs Test is a minimum requirement for getting a
grade of C or better in the course: passing means you may earn any grade (A
to F) in the course (based on other coursework), while not passing means you
may earn no higher than a D+ (regardless of other coursework). This
requirement is part of MA131 and MA132 each semester they are taught, and also
applies to placement tests for those courses administered at Clarkson.
A passing score is 90% or better; all problems are graded right/wrong
(essentially no partial credit). ABCs tests will be offered as needed during
the first half of the semester. Each student may take up to five tests in
order to pass; if needed, they may take one last ABCs test during final exam
week (in addition to the regular course final exam).
Take the test seriously--for many students this is a real challenge.
Practice using the sample tests (see below) and learn the
material solidly before taking the test.
Do not just show up and hope to pass by luck (you won't)--the only way
to succeed here is to master the material.
You should also read the Instructions for Grading
before taking the test, so you will know for sure what is expected.
Test Content: The Calculus ABCs
Sample ABCs Tests:
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Tue Jan 5 17:13:15 EST 2010