Where to Begin
SPEA offers two levels of Math Camp: Math Camp and Math Camp Advanced. Our Math Camp course provides a great opportunity for those who need a brush up. Math Camp Advanced is designed for all MSES, MPA/MSES and those MPA students that intend to incorporate some of SPEA’s demanding quantitative and/or analytical coursework in their academic designs. The Advanced course will provide an intense review of mathematical skills – from Algebra to Intermediate Calculus.
To better help you decide if you need to enroll in SPEA’s Math Camp, consider taking a quick assessment tool. This evaluation tool is a self-graded test covering many of the concepts presented in our Math Camp. To begin, you can download the evaluation tool and complete the exercises—instructions are included as part of the tool. Then, download the answer key and grade your own test. If you score well and feel confident that you know how to answer these questions, then you do not need to participate in Math Camp. If you do not score well and/or cannot figure out the answers to the problems included in the assessment tool, then SPEA’s Math Camp is for you.
NOTE: Some students may be required to attend SPEA’s Math Camp as a condition of admission. This requirement is clearly stated in your admission letter. Please contact the Masters Program Office (MPO) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a question about your admission status.
A scientific calculator is strongly recommended for Math Camp. A graphing calculator is not necessary.
Math Camp (Subject to change)
Roots and exponents
Polynomials (adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing)
Solving quadratic equations
Solving systems of equations
Functions and Graphing
Logarithmic and exponential functions
Math Camp Advanced (Subject to change)
Solving simultaneous equations
Distance formula and midpoint formula
Equations of lines
Applying linear functions
Graphing functions (preliminary)
Review of exponents
Preview of differentials
Differentiation general form
Alternative notation for differentiation
Rules of differentiation
Interpreting first, second, and third derivatives
Applications for derivatives
Graphing higher order polynomials
Rules for integrals
Applications for integrals
Calculus of trigonometric functions
SPEA applications for calculus