FAQs

General Questions

  1. Which course should I take?
  2. How much do the programs cost?
  3. How can I transfer to a Math Center course before the withdrawal deadline?
  4. What course should I take if I need Math 119 or other 100 level math course to transfer, but not Math 46 or Math 96?
  5. What course should I take if I need Math 119 or other 100 level math course to transfer and I also need Math 96 for an AA degree?
  6. What can I do if I'm blocked from registering because of a repetition violation?
  7. How do I challenge Math 38 and get into a Math 46 course?
  8. How do I challenge Math 46 and get into a Math 96 course?

On-campus Math 38, 46, 96

  1. What is the Math Center?
  2. How do I add a class in the Math Center?
  3. How do I take a test in the Math Center?
  4. What text and materials are required for a Math Center course?

Refresher Math 15A, 15B, 15C & 15E

  1. What is Math 15?
  2. How to Enroll in Math 15?
  3. Challenging a Prerequisite?
  4. Learning Resources?

General Questions

1. Which course should I take?

That depends heavily on your math goals and your most efficient learning style. Here is a comparison of the typical reasons why students choose a specific program along with the pros and cons. Other FAQ's deal with typical student situations. Click here to see Comparison Chart.

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2. How much do the programs cost?

The on-campus Math Center courses are 4 and 5 unit courses, so registration cost is either $104 or $130. The required textbook and supplement package for Math 38 is $111.75, the Math 46 textbook and package is $117.35, and the Math 96 book and package is $117.35. (Math 46 and Math 96 is a combined textbook, so if you purchase the book for Math 46 you can use it and the access code for Math 96.)

The online Math 15 refresher courses are 1 unit, so the registration cost is $26. No textbook is required, but an access code must be purchased for the Aleks.com Web site. When purchased at the bookstore the cost for 7.6 weeks is $31.75. When purchased through www.aleks.com, the cost of the Aleks access code is $30.00 for 7.68 weeks and $45.00 for 14 weeks.

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3. How can I transfer to a Math Center course before the withdrawal deadline?

If you want to transfer to a math center course, don’t drop your current class. Once you obtain the add code and transfer petition for the new course, you have it signed by the professor, then take it to the Records office in A-109 where they will drop you from your previous course and add the math center course at the same time. The Records office will transfer your course fee so that you don’t have to pay twice for the course. If the transfer is completed after the drop deadline, you will receive a W, but it is a “soft’” W (part of a transfer), and it will not affect your academic record. Click here for more information.

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4. What course should I take if I need Math 119 or other 100 level math course to transfer, but not Math 46 or Math 96?

Enroll in and receive a pass grade for Math 15C (algebra/geometry). Then ask Professor Kater or the current Math 15 instructor to prepare a departmental final Math 96 exam. If you score 70% or better on the final exam, the instructor will complete a faculty initiated petition to waive the prerequisite. When the petition is approved, Records will contact you. Bring your CSID to the Records Office in A-109 and they will add you to the class. You'll need to pay for the course right away, if appropriate.

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5. What course should I take if I need Math 119 or other 100 level math course to transfer and I also need Math 96 for an AA degree?

If you need Math 96 for a specific reason such as an AA degree, then you must take Math 96. Math 15C does not meet the requirement for an AA degree. However, you can use a Math 15B course along with a Math 46 departmental final exam to bypass Math 46. So, if you need Math 96, but not necessarily Math 46, you can earn a pass grade for Math 15B and pass the Math 46 final exam with 70%, in order to bypass Math 46, then take and pass Math 96. You will not receive credit for any class that is bypassed.

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6. What can I do if I'm blocked from registering because of a repetition violation?

If you are blocked from retaking Math 46, for example, you may enroll in and earn a pass grade for Math 15A and then go to the Evaluations Department in A110 to remove the registration block and you will be able to enroll in Math 46. If you are blocked from retaking Math 96, you may enroll in and earn a pass grade for Math 15B, then go to the Evaluations Department in A110 to remove the registration block and you will be able to enroll in Math 96.

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7. How do I challenge Math 38 and get into a Math 46 course?

Enroll in Math 15A, earn a pass grade, and pass the Math 38 departmental final exam with a 'C' (70%) or better. Then, Professor Kater or the current Math 15 instructor will complete a faculty initiated challenge to get you into the Math 46 course of your choice.

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8. How do I challenge Math 46 and get into a Math 96 course?

Enroll in Math 15B, earn a pass grade, and pass the Math 46 final with a 'C' (70%) or better. Then, Professor Kater or the current Math 15 instructor will complete a faculty initiated challenge to get you into the Math 96 course of your choice.

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On-campus Math 38, 46, 96

1. What is the Math Center?

The Math Center provides Math 38, 46, and 96 courses in a structured self-learning, open-entry, open-exit format. Students registered for other math courses can also obtain walk-in tutoring in the Math Center. The Math Center is located in L-208. During the fall and the spring semesters, the Math Center is open: Mon: 10am - 2pm, Tue-Thu: 10am-4:30pm, Fri: 10am-2pm.

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2. How do I add a class in the Math Center?

Before the semester start, you can add the class on Reg-E. After the semester starts, you will have to email Professor Young and request an ADD CODE.

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3. How do I take a test in the Math Center?

Since the Math Center courses are structured self learning, you take a test when you are ready. Most tests are taken using the computer, although paper tests are available. When taking a test using the computer, a student should sign in at the testing station. You take Chapter tests after achieve a minimum of 90% on all homework in that chapter in any computer. You take midterm exams  and final exams in the Math Center.

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4. What text and materials are required for a Math Center course?

The textbook and supplements package used in the Math Center is different from the book used in the lecture classes. Each student is required to buy a new textbook bundle (See the Student Handbook for specific text information) from the bookstore or KB Books.

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Refresher Math 15A, 15B, 15C & 15E

1. What is Math 15?

Math 15 courses are ideally suited for students who have not taken math for a long time and want to refresh their skills in order to be successful in other courses. Math 15 courses offer students a 1-unit, pass/no pass way to refresh their math skills without the commitment, cost and academic risk a full course would entail. However, they can also be used when students are blocked from re-taking a course or to waive a prerequisite. Math 15 courses are open-entry, structured self-learning and fully online. Also, Math 15 courses require no pre-requisite, can be taken alongside other math classes and can be re-taken an unlimited amount of times.

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2. How to Enroll in Math 15?

Click here: Enrollment procedure.

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3. Challenging a Prerequisite?

A student may challenge a pre-requisite by finishing 90% of the course goal material and passing a Math Center final exam with a grade of 70% or higher. For Math 15B and Math 15C, students must also pass the corresponding Geometry components of the courses with 90% in order to challenge a pre-requisite. However, students should be wary that the higher-level Math 15 courses (B, C and E) are very challenging. Not many students finish Math 15B and even fewer finish Math 15C. Although they are only 1-unit classes, students should expect to spend time equivalent to a 5-unit class in order to finish.

Be aware that if you want to earn an AA degree, you'll need to take a Math 96 course or equivalent. Math 15C does not satisfy the requirement for an AA degree.

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4. Learning Resources?

Math 15 courses are completely online and all instruction takes place online in the service offered by the Aleks website (www.aleks.com). There is no book to buy and access codes are as little as $30, depending on the duration of the license. The online math software is highly sophisticated, adapting to individual student strengths and weaknesses. It can be demanding at times, requiring that students master one level of topics before moving to the next level. In addition, a student is free to use the resources available in the Math Center, including computers for Internet access and tutoring.

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