MATH 130 College Algebra
- Plan to study outside of class at least 8 hours each week, or more if it has been a while since you have taken a math class.
- Study actively by doing practice problems, making note cards, and making study guides.
- Attend professor's student hours (office hours) and math support centers regularly.
- Form study groups with other students in class and try to explain problems as you do them.
Algebra is any type of math in which letters or other symbols represent numbers in a formula. It moves us beyond basic math and is an important skill worth understanding, as it can be applied not only to STEM fields, but also to statistics, social sciences, nutritional science, psychology, and many others. Learning algebra is important because it challenges you. When you learn to overcome a challenge, it helps build your confidence so you’re ready to face the next one.
- Basic arithmetic, including fractions
- Order of Operations
- Simplifying Expressions
- Solving Linear Equations
- Factoring Quadratics
- Rules of Exponents
- Join the MATH 130 Math Jumpstart Canvas page, created by Mt. SAC math faculty, with topic-based modules that include under-5-minute refresher videos and practice problems to review at your own pace.
- Enroll in a free faculty-led noncredit math prep class through AIME (Academic Instruction for Math and English) in Mt. SAC’s School of Continuing Education.
- MATH 130+13 College Algebra w/ Support [6 units]
- MATH 100 Survey of College Math [3 units] or MATH 100+10A Survey of College Math w/ Support [5 units]
- MATH 105 Mathematical Concepts for Elementary Teachers [4 units]
- MATH 110 Elementary Statistics [3 units] or MATH 110+11 Elementary Statistics w/ Support [5 units]
- MATH 120 Finite Mathematics [3 units] or MATH 120+12 Finite Mathematics w/ Support [5 units] (Starting Fall 2023)
Note that course numbering does not indicate difficulty of course content. If you have further questions about which course is right for you, please speak to a counselor.
Anyone can learn college algebra! It is not a skill set that one is either born with
or not. YOU are capable not only of learning college algebra, but also of excelling
in college algebra!
For additional college algebra help, please visit the Math Activities Resource Centers (MARCS) or the Academic Support and Achievement Center (ASAC).