Graduation from West Point requires successful completion of four courses in the mathematical sciences. These core mathematics courses include topics in discrete dynamical systems, differential and integral calculus (single variable and multivariable), differential equations, linear algebra, probability, and statistics. The instructional system employed throughout the core is the "Thayer Method," named for Colonel Sylvanus Thayer, "the Father of the Military Academy." In the Thayer Method, traces of cooperative education and "discovery learning" are evident. It is quintessential active learning. The West Point catalyst is the fundamental principle that cadets are responsible for their own education.
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"The Thayer Method: Student Active Learning with Positive Results,"
Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations: Vol. 4
, Article 11.
Available at: https://scholarscompass.vcu.edu/jmsce_vamsc/vol4/iss1/11