Dear Summer Math 50A Students:
I'm sure many of you are in the throes of finals right now, but for any of you who are interested, here is a Math Diagnostic test you can do online.
It is one of the "MDTP" tests.
Go to: http://mdtp.ucsd.edu/crtest/
"CR" in this case, stands for "Calculus Readiness"
Sometimes health professionals run diagnostic tests on people to get a better understanding of the person's health, including strengths and weaknesses. This is similar, and at the end, you will get a diagnosis that will give you an idea of your strong areas and weak areas, mathematically-speaking.
This test specifically checks out skills that will help you be successful in Calculus.
- There are 40 questions.
- You should use plenty of paper and pencil (don't try to do these all in your head!) but try to do them all without using a calculator.
- Plan to spend about an hour doing these problems (or maybe a little longer).
- Don't rush -- it will be helpful for you to get a good understanding of any weak areas that you will need to strengthen before the course (I hope) or during the course.
This is entirely optional, of course, but I wanted to let you know of it. I know many of you aren't ready to think about this yet, but it might be good if you make a note to check it out by May 22nd or so, so that you can have a few days to review, if you choose to. This will help your calculus experience go much more smoothly.
The diagnostic report that you will get at the end will tell you how many you got correct in these topic areas:
- Topic Code Topic Description
- EXPR Exponents & Logarithms & Radicals
- FNGR Functions & their Graphs
- GEOM Geometry
- LINR Linear Equations & Inequalities, including Absolute Values
- LOGX Logarithmic & Exponential Functions
- POLQ Polynomials, including Quadratic Equations
- RATL Rational Expressions
- TRIG Trigonometry
Once you find your weak areas, you can brush up using old class notes or old textbooks, or using material in Chapter 1 of the textbook. Also there are plenty of online resources in these topics. I'll post some, but I'm sure you can find many on your own.
I hope that you all received the email I sent in the last week about getting the textbook out of the library -- you can check it out now, if you want. Tell them you are taking the summer class and the library book will be due to be returned at the end of the class.
In case any of you missed that email, I posted it here.
I'll use emails and that page for communication for now -- Canvas isn't ready yet, plus not all interested students have officially registered yet.
Let me know if you have any questions -- and good luck with finals! (for those of you having them)