New for 2017 – 2018! CalcBridge is a collaboration between The University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Mathematics, UT’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, and public high schools across Texas.
The goal of the CalcBridge program is to improve mathematical and critical thinking among high school students working to enter college, especially students with ambitions and aptitudes for STEM disciplines. CalcBridge partners a mathematics professor at UT with students and teachers from high schools across Texas underrepresented in higher education. CalcBridge connects high school students to an academic community of collegiate scientists and researchers.
- A full-year concurrent enrollment opportunity providing both academic preparation and college literacy using a curriculum developed by experts in their field designed to mirror what happens on campus in pacing, depth, rigor, and expectations.
- Students receive 8 college credit hours for M 408K: Differential Calculus and M 408L: Integral Calculus upon successful completion of the two-semester arc. Credits are transferrable to other colleges and universities.
- Teachers participate in extensive professional developments to implement the college-level curriculum as the central focus of their classes. They receive ongoing support from CalcBridge staff.
- M 408K introduces students to the theory and applications of differential calculus of one variable. Topics include limits, continuity, differentiation, mean value theorem and applications. M 408L introduces students to the theory and applications of integral calculus of one variable. Topics include integration, the fundamental theorem of calculus, transcendental functions, sequences and infinite series. Because these courses are rigorous, students are expected to have full facility with algebra before enrolling.
- CalcBridge classes come to UT-Austin for a guided visit. While on campus, students observe a mathematics course, interact with their CalcBridge professor, take tours, engage with undergraduates, and partake in events intended to acculturate them into a college community.
Dr. Jacob Ptacek, Executive Director
Pre-College Academic Readiness Programs
505 East Huntland Drive, Suite 270, Austin, TX 78752