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MATH 130 College Algebra

What is MATH 130?
MATH 130 is College Algebra. It includes simplifying algebraic expressions, linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, polynomials and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, systems of linear equations and inequalities, and more.
Which schools does MATH 130 transfer to?
All CSU and UC schools. See a counselor to verify specific private colleges.
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Who typically* takes MATH 130?
Students who need to complete a GE transfer-level math requirement. There is no specific major that this class is designed for. Students with a solid algebra foundation from previous coursework may choose MATH 130 to continue building their algebra skills.
What can I do to be successful in MATH 130?
  • 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.
Where can I get help if I am struggling with MATH 130 topics?
First off, remember that you are not alone! Many students find MATH 130 challenging, so here are the supports you have available here at Mt. SAC.
Your Instructor
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Tutoring Centers on Campus
We want to remind you that when it comes to learning math… mindset matters! Believe in yourself and know that asking for help is strongly encouraged. In fact, data shows that if you use the support resources on campus, you will be more successful in your classes, so start visiting them early rather than right before a big exam.
"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." - Albert Einstein

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.

Math concepts frequently used in MATH 130?
  • Basic arithmetic, including fractions
  • Order of Operations
  • Simplifying Expressions
  • Solving Linear Equations
  • Factoring Quadratics
  • Rules of Exponents
Where can I brush up on math concepts frequently used in MATH 130?
  • 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.

Remember, we want you to successfully complete your math requirements as you head toward your educational goal! If you feel that you would be better served in a different math class, we want you to know that it might be possible to find an open math class to switch to right now, or you can join a 12-week or 8-week class that starts late. However, don’t wait to make this change! You need to make the switch within the first few days of the semester to avoid a W on your transcript.
Here are the Statistics and Liberal Arts Math (SLAM) classes that you have access to:
  • 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).