Calc Prep Winter Workshop FAQ

Winter Session (Jan 2024) Calculus Preparation Workshop Class

The Winter Session Calculus Prep is an opportunity for students who are taking Math 1110 or Math 1106 in the spring to work on the fundamental concepts and skills needed for success in those courses. This course is taught by LSC instructors who have worked with students on this material for many years. 

What will students learn in the Winter Session Calculus Prep?

This winter session offering is similar to Math 1101 offered during the academic year. The course introduces topics in calculus: limits, rates of change, definition of and techniques for finding derivatives, relative and absolute extrema. The calculus content of the course is similar to 1/3 of the content covered in Math 1106 – Calculus for the Life and Social Sciences and Math 1110 – Calculus I. In addition, MATH 1101 includes a variety of topics of algebra, with emphasis on the development of linear, power, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions. There will be a strong emphasis on graphing as a comprehensive application of these topics.

What are the logistics of the Calculus Prep course?

The course will take place virtually, with both synchronous and asynchronous components, from 1/2/24-1/19/24 Synchronous classes will be held on Mon/Wed/Fri (noon-1:30 ET) and individual or small group work on Tuesdays and Thursdays at times that work for students. There is a total time commitment of approximately 20 hrs/wk (5 synchronous, 15 asynchronous).

 Is there a cost?
There is no cost because there are no credits earned and nothing will go on a student’s transcript. 

 Who is Calculus Prep for?
Self-motivated students who are taking calculus in the spring and are concerned about how they will do and/or who have struggled with math in high school or at Cornell should consider participating in this pilot course. Students who participate should feel that having some structure and commitment over break will be useful for them. 

 How can students participate?

Students can reach out directly to the course instructor, Brendan Caseria (, by Friday, December 29th. Advisors and faculty may also refer students to the instructor via email.

 How can I learn more?
For additional information on the course, please reach out directly via email