Pre-calculus course offered free to qualified high school students at UMaine Hutchinson Center

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Belfast, Maine — The University of Maine Hutchinson Center will offer a pre-calculus course for high school students on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 5 –7:40 p.m., June 26–Aug. 3.

Through a partnership between the Maine Department of Education and the University of Maine System, tuition for this and other courses is waived for

qualified students in grades 9–12.

MAT 122 is a four-credit transitional course between high school algebra and college mathematics, particularly calculus. Topics include a detailed study of polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions, stressing ideas needed by those students who will take calculus.

"Taking UMaine’s MAT 122 while in high school is a great way for students to get a jump- start on all STEM-related majors,” says Amy Smith, assistant director for academic and student services at the Hutchinson Center. “The class will fully prepare students for a smooth transition to Calculus I (MAT 126) and Calculus II (MAT 127), which will run in the fall 2018 and spring 2019 semesters. Calculus forms the foundation for many of the university’s science and engineering majors, and is a requirement for most programs. This is an amazing opportunity for students to save time and money and to begin their college career while still in high school."

Instructor Christopher Smith is a UMaine graduate student who will earn a master’s degree in math at the end of the summer when he completes his thesis, “Embeddings of Harary Graphs in Orientable Surfaces.” He taught Calculus I and Calculus II for two years at UMaine, and will be teaching the Nature and Language of Mathematics and Pre-calculus at the Hutchinson Center during Summer Session.

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