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Summer 2016 will begin June 27 and run through August 17.

Welcome to Clarkson's Web-based summer math refresher!

General information
This program gives you an opportunity to strengthen your skills in algebra, trig and geometry before taking Calculus at Clarkson.

How it works

The program is composed of three elements (Subscription required), (No Subcription Required) and Clarkson email. Each week, on Monday, students begin by taking a Pre-Test, on the topic of the week, at Next, a video is uploaded to detailing the solutions to the Pre-test questions. Students can review the video and their responses on Webassign and can then ask questions via the Webassign communication portal or by email ( and we will respond either directly to the student or by way of addition videos, if we feel that the answer to the query would benefit the student population at large. Also, additional instruction MAY be available on Webassign and/or Vimeo. Finally, Thursday of each week, students do the Unit Test (posted in Webassign) which is a set of 15 spiraled questions including not only the current weekly topic, but previous topics, as well. Last, early in the following week, a video of the solutions to the previous weeks Unit Test is uploaded to teh Vimeo site. The Calendar for the program is located on the right. Note all due dates are 12 PM (Noon) on the indicated date.

Frequent Question

  • Is the CU Math course free?  The course is free.  However, you will have to purchase a WebAssign account in order to access the course materials.  You need to purchase WebAssign with your textbooks when you come to Clarkson anyway. 
  • I am going to be on vacation for a week during the program, what do I do?  When you get back, you should submit the current week's quiz. You will also be able to go back and do the work for the week you missed. 
  • Do I have to register for this program?  You do not need to register for this program.  
  • WebAssign Access.  (Special Pricing Available): On the main page for WebAssign (, Ma Refresher section MA 031 section 001 Summer 2016 (Engineering & Science Majors), you will notice that in the login box there is an option labeled "I have a class key".  Click on that link and use the class key "clarkson 4270 9131".
    • Enhanced WebAssign Instant Access for Calculus, Multi-Term Courses, 1st Edition
      • ISBN-10:  1-285-85825-5
      • ISBN-13: 978-1-285-85825-8
    • Description:  IMPORTANT: When purchasing this instant access code for Calculus, ensure that you are using it in a Calculus course. Use with a different course may cause complications with access. Exclusively from Cengage Learning, Enhanced WebAssign combines exceptional mathematics content with the most powerful online homework solution, WebAssign. Enhanced WebAssign engages students with immediate feedback, rich tutorial content, and an interactive, fully customizable eBook, Cengage YouBook helping students to develop a deeper conceptual understanding of their subject matter. This access code includes access to Enhanced WebAssign and life-of-edition access to the eBook for the registered edition of that text. If you need to retake the course and your instructor is using the same book AND edition then you will not need to buy a new code. This instant access code will be delivered via email when purchased. If you are not certain this is the correct access code for your course, please contact your instructor.
    • WebAssign Access is also required for Clarkson's Calculus sequence (MA131,132,231) courses.  To support this CU Math course, we have negotiated SPECIAL PRICING through the publisher of the textbook (Stewart Essential Calculus Early Transcendentals (2nd Ed.)) for the fall. 
    • This special price is a limited time offer, specifically directed at the Clarkson students in CU Math.
      • $88.50 -- WebAssign only. Access for MA131, MA132, MA231, as well as the summer CUmath.  (No textbook.)
      • $138 -- WebAssign + downloadable EBook. (ISBN-10: 1-285-93402-4 and ISBN-13: 978-1-285-93402-0)
      • $193 -- WebAssign + Hardcopy Book (The Bundle). (ISBN-10: 1-285-94067-9 and ISBN-13: 978-1-285-94067-0)
    • The book for the course can be accessed via WebAssign, but only while connected to the internet.  We ENCOURAGE students to get a copy of the book (Stewart, Essential Calculus: Early Transcendentals, 2nd Ed).  Most students prefer the hardcopy, but E-book is also available.
    • This price for the Bundle is probably less expensive than buying a Used Book and WebAssign separately.
    • These special purchase prices are available through the following link:

You can ask questions about the material by e-mail at