This CATS is to discuss the difference between the final grade results on my traditional calculus I class vs. the one in a learning community with PHY121.
On the final exam, there were two problems that incorporated physics concepts, especially regarding the importance of units. The Learning Community course outperformed the traditional calculus class on both of the questions. One question was a position/time question for which students had to calculate velocity and acceleration. The learning community had 94% of the students get this problem correct while the tradtional class had 80% of the students respond correctly.
The second question dealt with related rates. Sixty-five percent of the learning community students did this one correct while only 57% did it right in the other class.
As for scores on the final exam, the learning community class did slightly better. The learning community class had an average of a 75% on the final exam while the traditional class had an average of 71%.