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New ALEKS System for Math Placement

Attention students planning to take pre-calculus or calculus in spring 2016:

The Math Department recently announced a new ALEKS system for math placement: ALEKS PPL (placement, preparation, and learning).  This new system includes placement tests and a Learning Module.

Because the ALEKS PPL test is slightly different, there are NEW cutoff scores for math placement.

If you plan to register for one of the math courses below in the Spring 2016 you will need to pay for and take the new ALEKS PPL with the following scores:

Math 115, Preparation for Calculus:

Must earn an ALEKS PPL score of at least 65% on a test taken between Sept. 21, 2015 and January 25, 2016.

Math 220, Calculus

Must earn an ALEKS PPL score of at least 80% on a test taken between Sept. 21, 2015 and January 25, 2016.

For Spring 2016 registration, our ALEKS coordinator has negotiated a one-time special price of $5.  The new system incorporates the Learning Module, which previously cost $35!  We hope students will take advantage of the Learning Module component to hone their algebra skills, not just reach the minimum cutoff to avoid being dropped from the class.

If you have any questions, make sure to make an appointment with an MCB Academic Advisor.

MATH 220 BioCalculus Section for Spring 2016

The IB and MCB Departments have been working with the Math Department for a few years to generate a course that will be targeted specifically to biology students needing credit for Calculus I. The course instructors, James O’Dwyer (Plant Biology) and Zoi Rapti (Math), have much experience in using calculus to tackle biological questions. They have designed a course that:

  1. Uses biological examples from both biomedical and population perspectives.
  2. Exposes students to model building based on calculus.
  3. Prepares them to go on to Calculus II if they wish.
  4. Has assignments that will be built around students learning how to apply a limited amount of R programming.

One unique section (XL1, 12:00-12:50 MWF) and the accompanying discussion/recitation sections (XD_) are devoted to the BioCalculus section of MATH 220.