The Mathematics department at University of Michigan recommended that I take these courses as a strong next step towards an undergraduate major in mathematics.
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Stanford Pre-Collegiate University-Level Online Math & Physics courses bring motivated and academically-talented high school students together to allow them to explore their intellectual passions, develop analytic reasoning and creative thinking, and study directly with expert instructors. These online courses are offered throughout the year and give students the opportunity to take a broad offering of math and physics courses not typically offered in secondary schools.
All courses carry Stanford University Continuing Studies credit, and students earn a Stanford Continuing Studies transcript. Formerly offered as University-Level EPGY and OHSx online courses at Stanford.
I just wanted to send you a thank you for teaching this amazing course. The sheer depth you go into in Light and Heat, in really explaining the fundamental basis for concepts that are typically taken for granted–like the Law of Reflection–turns a series of symbols in a formula into an intuitive understanding of the world. And it might seem weird, but Light and Heat taught me a lot about myself. About what motivates me, what I feel passionate for, how to manage my time, and most importantly how not to manage my time.
What are the origins of the University-level Online courses?
The nine math and five physics courses within the University-Level Online program have their origins in the Education Program for Gifted Youth (1989 - 2013) at Stanford University. EPGY was formed out of the research efforts in computer-based education of Professor Patrick Suppes (1922 -2014) stemming from the early 1960s. The course curricula were created between the years of 1994 and 2003 and were originally computer-based, delivered via the EPGY system software. The initial grant was to create a suite of lower and upper division courses equivalent to those offered in Stanford’s math and physics department. The math sequence involved professors Ralph Cohen and Rafe Mazzeo (former chair of the mathematics department). Their voices appear on the Number Theory, Modern Algebra, and Partial Differential Equations respectively. The courses were created by Dr. Marc Sanders (now at Vice Provost for Learning and Technology) and is the voice of the remaining math courses. The physics sequence involved Professors Mason Yearian (emeritus), Michelson, Scott Thomas (now at Rutgers University), and Leonard Susskind. The physics courses were created by Dr. Gary Oas, director of University-Level Online, and is the voice on all courses except XP730 for which Professor Susskind recorded the core set of lectures
In 2013 the bulk of EPGY’s curriculum (K-8, writing, and AP courses) were transferred to Redbird Learning to continue the delivery and maintenance of those courses. The EPGY university-level courses remained at Stanford under the newly formed Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies program (SPCS). The set of 15 courses were ported to the Stanford Online platform, now Lagunita at lagunita.stanford.edu. The University-Level Online program now leverages some of the strategies and technologies that have been perfected at Stanford Online High School (proctoring, live session environment, Powerschool integration).
The University-Level Online program is currently headed by Dr. Gary Oas, who has been associated with these courses since 1995 and is the instructor for the physics courses. Dr. Oas is an instructor for Stanford Online High School and Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes. Dr. Margarita Kanarsky is the instructor for the mathematics courses and does the bulk of instruction. Dr. Kanarsky is also an instructor for Stanford Online High School.