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1. Success in Engineering Mathematics OBJECTIVES After reading this unit, you will learn: Why high averages in high school mathematics courses do not guarantee success in freshman engineering mathematics courses. How to be successful in engineering mathematics courses. What your mathematics instructor expects you to know on the first day of classes. Which areas of pre-college mathematics new engineering students have been found to be weakest. How to decide if you have the necessary skills for success in engineering math- ematics courses Too many new engineering students believe that a high average in high school mathematics courses means that they are well-prepared for first year engineering mathematics courses such as beginning calculus or linear algebra. Unfortunately, this is almost always untrue - evidenced by the many well-qualified freshman engineering students who struggle significantly in the first few weeks of calculus or linear algebra. Sadly, this often translates into disastrous midterm results and the inevitable addi- tional stress and anxiety associated with trying to review high school material while in the midst of an already demanding and rigorous engineering curriculum.
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