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Alina Birca

Professor: Mathematics


Building: 61-1658
(909) 274-5364
abircaAT_mtsac.edu


BS — University Alexandru Ioan Cuza of Iasi
MACalifornia State University, San Bernardino


Alina Birca

Alina Birca has been a professor in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department at Mt. SAC since 2005. 


Hello Mountie Math Students!
I am so excited that you have decided to take College Algebra or Precalculus Mathematics with Support! Your success is important to me, so to help prepare you for the next part of your educational journey, I would like to share some information with you about my courses and classroom environments.


Click on one of my classes below to explore the structure and goals of each class.


      • Math 130 FALL 2021

        Online Class Search:
        ** This class will display a Building/Room number and a Meeting Time in the online class search. It will also display as "Web" on a separate line to indicate a hybrid class that meets on-campus and has an asynchronous online component (independent work). However, the on-campus lecture meetings will be optional, and you will be expected to work independently if you opt not to attend. We will meet on-campus for midterm exams on 09/23, 10/21, and 11/18 (see class schedule), with a final exam on 12/07.


        Prerequisites: None


        Class Structure:
        My class is asynchronous, which means we will not meet online. We will have office hours (optional) on Zoom or on campus (TBA) and we will meet on campus on Thursdays (optional) for one hour (see class schedule). All exams will be conducted on-campus, in a traditional classroom setting. Course materials, including lecture notes, professor's lecture videos, and publisher videos will be provided on Canvas.


        Digital access to the textbook, MATH 130: College Algebra, 13th Ed., Lial, Hornsby, Schneider, is strongly recommended. Access to MyOpenMath is required. Homework assignments will be in the form of discussion threads, worksheets, online homework, textbook problems, and take-home quizzes (not proctored/timed).


        Required Materials:

        Reliable Internet Connection

        Writing Utensils

        Paper (Printer or Lined)

        MyOpenMath Access

        Scientific Calculator

        Desktop/Laptop/Tablet/Smartphone

        Scanner or Free Scanning App

      • Math 160 + Math 16 (20345 and 20351) FALL 2021

        Online Class Search:
        ** This Math 160 class will display as "Web" in the online class search. It will also show a Building/Room number and a Meeting Time on several lines to indicate an online class that does NOT have regular class meetings, and meets on-campus for midterm exams on 09/13, 10/11, and 11/08 from 3:15 - 5:20 PM, with a final exam on 12/06 from 1:30 - 4:00 PM.


        Prerequisites: Math 150 or Appropriate Placement


        Class Structure:
        This is a corequisite class, which means there is an extra 2 unit portion designed to give extra support in various aspects of the class. We will be using Canvas courses for both Math 160 and Math 16.
        My class is asynchronous, which means we will not meet online. We will have Zoom office hours (optional) for Math 16 on Mondays (around 7:00 - 8:15 PM) and on Fridays (around 1:00 - 2:25 PM) and we will meet on campus on Wednesdays (optional) from 7:15 - 8:20 PM in Room 3315, Building 61. Course materials, including lecture notes, professor's lecture videos, and publisher videos, will be provided on Canvas. All exams will be conducted on-campus, in a traditional classroom setting, with some additional assessments conducted via PDF uploads and MyOpenMath assessments.


        We will be using a zero-cost textbook for this class! A physical or digital copy of the textbook , MATH 160: Precalculus, OpenStax, is required. Access to MyOpenMath (Free) is required, and will come with digital access to the ebook. Homework assignments will be in the form of discussion threads, worksheets, online homework, take-home quizzes (not proctored / timed), and groupwork.


        Required Materials:

        Reliable Internet Connection

        Writing Utensils

        Paper (Printer or Lined)

        MyOpenMath (Free) Access

        Scientific Calculator

        Desktop/Laptop/Tablet/Smartphone

        Scanner or Free Scanning App


      • Math 160 + Math 16 (20341 and 20349) FALL 2021

        Online Class Search:
        ** This Math 160 class will display as "Web" in the online class search. It will also show a Building/Room number and a Meeting Time on several lines to indicate an online class that does NOT have regular class meetings, and meets on-campus for midterm exams on 09/13, 10/11, and 11/08 from 1:00 - 3:05 PM, with a final exam on 12/06 from 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM.


        Prerequisites: Math 150 or Appropriate Placement


        Class Structure:
        This is a corequisite class, which means there is an extra 2 unit portion designed to give extra support in various aspects of the class. We will be using Canvas courses for both Math 160 and Math 16.
        My class is asynchronous, which means we will not meet online. We will have Zoom office hours (optional) for Math 16 on Mondays (around 7:00 - 8:15 PM) and on Fridays (around 1:00 - 2:25 PM) and we will meet on campus on Wednesdays (optional) from 6:00 - 7:05 PM in Room 3315, Building 61. Course materials, including lecture notes, professor's lecture videos, and publisher videos, will be provided on Canvas. All exams will be conducted on-campus, in a traditional classroom setting, with some additional assessments conducted via PDF uploads and MyOpenMath assessments.


        We will be using a zero-cost textbook for this class! A physical or digital copy of the textbook , MATH 160: Precalculus, OpenStax, is required. Access to MyOpenMath (Free) is required, and will come with digital access to the ebook. Homework assignments will be in the form of discussion threads, worksheets, online homework, take-home quizzes (not proctored / timed), and groupwork.


        Required Materials:

        Reliable Internet Connection

        Writing Utensils

        Paper (Printer or Lined)

        MyOpenMath (Free) Access

        Scientific Calculator

        Desktop/Laptop/Tablet/Smartphone

        Scanner or Free Scanning App


Please make sure to log in to your Canvas courses daily to keep up with all announcements, materials, and due dates. Canvas can be accessed through your Mt. SAC portal or at https://mtsac.instructure.com.


My office hours will be held on-campus and via email and Zoom sessions Tuesdays and Thursdays for Math 130, and on Mondays and Fridays for Math 160+16. I look forward to working with everyone, and please feel free to email me if you have any questions.


The Math and Computer Science Department is committed to helping our students achieve their math educational goals. We want you to succeed and excel in transfer-level mathematics. We recognize your potential and are here to support you! Whether you are here to obtain a degree, complete transfer requirements, or simply expand your knowledge, we will strive to provide resources that you may need along your journey. Explore the resources below for more information on how our campus can help you achieve your educational goals.


** This information is subject to change, before the start of the term. Please contact me if you have any questions.


Current Class Schedule:
Name Course ID Title CRN Units Days Start Date End Date Start Time End Time Building / Room
Name Course ID Title CRN Units Days Start Date End Date Start Time End Time Building / Room
Birca, Alina MATH 160 Precalculus Math 20341 4 M 09/13/2021 09/13/2021 01:00PM 03:05PM 61 3315
Birca, Alina MATH 160 Precalculus Math 20341 4 M 10/11/2021 10/11/2021 01:00PM 03:05PM 61 3315
Birca, Alina MATH 160 Precalculus Math 20341 4 M 11/08/2021 11/08/2021 01:00PM 03:05PM 61 3315
Birca, Alina MATH 160 Precalculus Math 20341 4 08/23/2021 12/12/2021 N/A N/A ONLINE
Birca, Alina MATH 160 Precalculus Math 20345 4 M 09/13/2021 09/13/2021 03:15PM 05:20PM 61 3315
Birca, Alina MATH 160 Precalculus Math 20345 4 M 10/11/2021 10/11/2021 03:15PM 05:20PM 61 3315
Birca, Alina MATH 160 Precalculus Math 20345 4 M 11/08/2021 11/08/2021 03:15PM 05:20PM 61 3315
Birca, Alina MATH 160 Precalculus Math 20345 4 08/23/2021 12/12/2021 N/A N/A ONLINE
Birca, Alina MATH 130 College Algebra 24193 4 R 08/23/2021 09/19/2021 03:15PM 04:20PM 61 3315
Birca, Alina MATH 130 College Algebra 24193 4 R 09/23/2021 09/23/2021 02:15PM 04:20PM 61 3315
Birca, Alina MATH 130 College Algebra 24193 4 R 09/27/2021 10/17/2021 03:15PM 04:20PM 61 3315
Birca, Alina MATH 130 College Algebra 24193 4 R 10/21/2021 10/21/2021 02:15PM 04:20PM 61 3315
Birca, Alina MATH 130 College Algebra 24193 4 R 10/25/2021 11/14/2021 03:15PM 04:20PM 61 3315
Birca, Alina MATH 130 College Algebra 24193 4 R 11/18/2021 11/18/2021 02:15PM 04:20PM 61 3315
Birca, Alina MATH 130 College Algebra 24193 4 R 11/22/2021 12/12/2021 03:15PM 04:20PM 61 3315
Birca, Alina MATH 130 College Algebra 24193 4 08/23/2021 12/12/2021 N/A N/A ONLINE
Birca, Alina MATH 130 College Algebra 24194 4 R 08/23/2021 09/19/2021 04:30PM 05:35PM 61 3315
Birca, Alina MATH 130 College Algebra 24194 4 R 09/23/2021 09/23/2021 04:30PM 06:35PM 61 3315
Birca, Alina MATH 130 College Algebra 24194 4 R 09/27/2021 10/17/2021 04:30PM 05:35PM 61 3315
Birca, Alina MATH 130 College Algebra 24194 4 R 10/21/2021 10/21/2021 04:30PM 06:35PM 61 3315
Birca, Alina MATH 130 College Algebra 24194 4 R 10/25/2021 11/14/2021 04:30PM 05:35PM 61 3315
Birca, Alina MATH 130 College Algebra 24194 4 R 11/18/2021 11/18/2021 04:30PM 06:35PM 61 3315
Birca, Alina MATH 130 College Algebra 24194 4 R 11/22/2021 12/12/2021 04:30PM 05:35PM 61 3315
Birca, Alina MATH 130 College Algebra 24194 4 08/23/2021 12/12/2021 N/A N/A ONLINE