Welcome to Vertex 

Peers helping peers reach the summit of academic success through an online interface that fosters small group learning and the deepening of students’ quantitative reasoning skills.

Vertex is an online 6-week pre-calculus program designed to better prepare students to the academic rigor and culture at Brown.  

Vertex 2021: TBD

Vertex Application

What to expect?

Students should expect to dedicate approximately 7-10 hours a week watching videos, engaging in adaptive learning exercises, and participating in virtual team meetings with program mentors. There is also an entrance and exit exercise. Program dates: TBD

Please visit Brown's COVID-19 website for academic updates.

Week at-a-glance:

Students complete two math topic modules each week (e.g. quadratic functions and measuring angles with arc length).
Example module:

  1. Watch a set of videos related to a math topic
  2. Practice learning objectives in an online quizzing tool until 90% proficiency is attained
  3. Apply what you have learned
    1. Reading, 2-3 pages
    2. Reflection, discussion board topic
    3. Virtual team discussion
    4. Quiz
  4. Explore the topic further through online videos and peer-to-peer discussions

Why you should participate?

  1. It’s free! There’s absolutely no cost to participants.
  2. Meet fellow Brunionians by creating new connections before arriving to campus.
  3. Get a jump-start, brush-up on pre-calculus skills before classes begin.
  4. It’s online, enabling you to access program content and meet with team members from the comfort of home.

Key Program dates
Celebratory dinner for students, mentors, and staff date TBD

The offering of Vertex is postponed, date TBD. Students interested in participating in Vertex at a future date should email [email protected]. Thank you for your interest in Vertex. 

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