A little information about the Math Lab
The Math Lab currently offers 3 courses:
Math 210ABCD: Elementary Algebra (Here is the lab manual for Math 210: Math 210 Lab Manual Spring 2022, which has a LOT of info about 210!)
Math 211ABCD: Intermediate Algebra (Here is the lab manual for Math 211: Math 211 Lab Manual Spring 2022 which has a LOT of info about 211!)
Math 220ABCDEFG: Math for the Trades (Here is the lab manual for Math 220: Math 220 Lab Manual for Spring 2021
A Little Bit About Math 210 and Math 211
The Math Lab is set up for students to take these courses in a self-paced way. Math 210 and Math 211 are self-paced versions of Math 201 and 203, respectively.
Math 210 and Math 201 are both Elementary Algebra courses. Math 201 is a lecture course that meets for 5 hours per week during the regular semester and is worth (or costs) 4 units. To create Math 210, we broke up Math 201 into 4 units and called them Math 210A, Math 210B, Math 210C and Math 210D. If you complete Math 210A, 210B, 210C and 210D, this is equivalent to completing Math 201.
Math 211 and Math 203 are both Intermediate Algebra courses. Math 203 is a lecture course that meets for 5 hours per week during the regular semester and is worth (or costs) 4 units. To create Math 211, we broke up Math 203 into 4 units and called them Math 211A, Math 211B, Math 211C and Math 211D. If you complete Math 211A, 211B, 211C and 211D, this is equivalent to completing Math 203.
Both Math 210 and Math 211
These courses are set up similarly, where you have 4 smaller units to complete. You can sign up for one unit at a time through the passport system or admissions and records. Students can add units mid-semester (unlike in person classes) but will need to get add slips signed by me in order to add subsequent units. This makes it more flexible for students – all in-person classes require you to take all 4 units at once, but in this class, you can go slower or quicker, depending on how you work and your goals. You could even finish both courses in one semester, if you are really super fast and dedicated.
Both Math 210 and Math 211 have online homework through MyOpenMath, a FREE online homework system. The way I have set up this course, everything is housed within Canvas. This means you can only access the homework through Canvas. You have to be enrolled in the course to access Canvas.
If you are NEW to the math lab and enrolling in Math 210A or Math 211A, you can come to a Zoom orientation at the start of the semester. If you cannot make the orientation time, I have recorded several videos (shorter videos) to help guide you through the course. They can be accessed through Canvas.
If you cannot make the time, but would rather like to meet with me over zoom, please email me to set it up! My office hours are MW 12-1 pm in F-203 and Tuesdays 12-2 pm ONLINE, but I am also available just about every day of the week for at least some time. My email is email@example.com.
There are no more orientations for spring 2022, but there are videos in Canvas!
A Little Bit About Math 220
Math 220 is a Math for the Trades course that is also offered self-paced. The course is broken up into 7 smaller units (220A, 220B, …, 220G) so that each unit is shorter and depending on what type of Career Technical course you are taking or degree you would like to get, you only need to take the parts that pertain to your chosen career. This course covers parts of algebra, trigonometry, geometry, … but only the parts that you need for your chosen career. It does not go into the math deeply, but it shows you what you need to know for the job you want.
I created a Math 220 MathXL course for those of you who might want or need more structure to your math course. The online homework system would give you access to help, tutorials, the textbook, video lectures, and all kinds of feedback that could really help you get through this course. It is not mandatory for Math 220, but should you like to try it out, come to orientation and I can help you get set up! Hope to see at least some of you there!
There are no more orientations for Spring 2022.
A Little Bit about All the Math Lab Courses
Honestly, these courses are sometimes mistakenly thought to be easier than face to face courses, but often students struggle in them because you do not get direct instruction. We cover the EXACT SAME material as in a regular face-to-face class! It’s up to YOU to put in the time and effort to learn the math. MyOpenMath offers great videos and great guidance on how to solve problems, but if you do not use the features and take the time to really do the homework, the regular student will struggle.
For the Math 220 courses, there are some individual programs that offer tutoring and some that even offer a little bit of instruction (check with your teachers in welding, carpentry, machine shop, etc. for more info on that) but you will need to look into those options and take advantage of what you can on your own. Please remember to GET HELP when you need it and ASK if you have any questions. If you need help, go to the math lab (see below) or come to my office hours, email me or try to search for videos in youtube or khanacademy.org to find additional help. If you want to ask someone for help, use the “Ask Your Instructor” button in MathXL and/or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up for tutoring at the Laney College Math Lab (https://laney.edu/mathematics/math-lab/)! I have started populating videos within Canvas as well.
The Math Lab
The Math Lab is open M-Th 10 am to 4 pm in F-251 OR ONLINE M-Th 9 am – 7 pm on this website. There are tutors available at all times that it is open that you can get help from (starting the second week of school). There are also usually instructors on duty to help you (Monday – Thursday from 11 am – 1 pm and 5 pm – 7 pm). Ronald and Gina are our lab techs and will be running the Math Lab BOTH in person AND remotely this spring.
My Office Hours for Spring 2022
I will have office hours on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12 pm till 1 pm in F-203 and ONLINE Tuesdays from 12-2 pm. The link to join on Tuesdays is within Canvas. I can be available at other times if you set something up with me too – just email me (email@example.com)!
I teach on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 am to 12 noon, so will never be available during those times.