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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 160 + Math 16 Fall 2022 CRN 27492+27505

        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).


        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 an asynchronous hybrid, which means we will meet on-campus on Wednesdays and you will work independently the rest of the week. Our Math 160+16 class meets every Wednesday from 4:30 - 6:35pm to work on exercises and answer questions. All lectures are online, asynchronously (video lectures and handouts). ATTENTION: The exams are on Monday 09/19, Monday 10/17, Monday 11/14, and Monday 12/05 from 4:30 - 6:35pm. All exams will be conducted on-campus, in a traditional classroom setting. Course materials, including lecture notes, professor's lecture videos, publisher videos, supplemental YouTube videos, handouts, and worksheets, will be provided on Canvas.


        We will be using a zero-cost textbook for this class, which will be embedded in Canvas! Homework assignments will be in the form of video lectures, lecture notes, discussion threads, worksheets, online homework, textbook problems, surveys, and take-home quizzes (not proctored / timed).


        Required Materials:

        Reliable Internet Connection

        Writing Utensils

        Paper (Printer or Lined)

        Scientific Calculator

        Desktop/Laptop/Tablet/Smartphone

        Scanner or Free Scanning App


        Helpful Foundational Skills:
        Solving Rational Equations
        Operations with Complex Numbers
        Solving Logarithmic Equations
        Sketching Trigonometric Functions
        Solving Trigonometric Equations

      • Math 130 Fall 2022

        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).


        Prerequisites: None


        Class Structure:
        Our class is fully online (asynchronously, NOT on Zoom), EXCEPT the exams, which are on campus. We meet for exams on campus only on Tuesday 09/20, Tuesday 10/18, Tuesday 11/15, and Tuesday 12/06, as shown in the schedule. All exams will be conducted on-campus, in a traditional classroom setting. Course materials, including lecture notes, professor's lecture videos, publisher videos, supplemental YouTube videos, handouts, and worksheets, will be provided on Canvas.


        We will be using a zero-cost textbook for this class, which will be embedded in Canvas! Homework assignments will be in the form of video lectures, lecture notes, discussion threads, worksheets, online homework, textbook problems, surveys, and take-home quizzes (not proctored / timed).


        Required Materials:

        Reliable Internet Connection

        Writing Utensils

        Paper (Printer or Lined)

        Scientific Calculator

        Desktop/Laptop/Tablet/Smartphone

        Scanner or Free Scanning App


        Helpful Foundational Skills:
        Solving Quadratic Equations
        Evaluating Functions
        Graphing Quadratic Equations
        Systems of Equations
        Solving Logarithmic Equations


      • Math 160 + Math 16 Fall 2022 CRN 27487+27504

        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).


        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 an asynchronous hybrid, which means we will meet on-campus on Mondays and you will work independently the rest of the week. Our Math 160+16 class meets every Monday from 12:00 - 2:05 to work on exercises and answer questions. All lectures are online, asynchronously (video lectures and handouts). The exams are on 09/19, 10/17, and 11/14 from 2:15 - 4:20pm, with the final exam on 12/05 from 1:30 - 4:00pm. All exams will be conducted on-campus, in a traditional classroom setting. Course materials, including lecture notes, professor's lecture videos, publisher videos, supplemental YouTube videos, handouts, and worksheets, will be provided on Canvas.


        We will be using a zero-cost textbook for this class, which will be embedded in Canvas! Homework assignments will be in the form of video lectures, lecture notes, discussion threads, worksheets, online homework, textbook problems, surveys, and take-home quizzes (not proctored / timed).


        Required Materials:

        Reliable Internet Connection

        Writing Utensils

        Paper (Printer or Lined)

        Scientific Calculator

        Desktop/Laptop/Tablet/Smartphone

        Scanner or Free Scanning App


        Helpful Foundational Skills:
        Solving Rational Equations
        Operations with Complex Numbers
        Solving Logarithmic Equations
        Sketching Trigonometric Functions
        Solving Trigonometric Equations


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 Zoom sessions on Wednesdays and Thursdays. 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 130 College Algebra 33275 4 01/03/2023 02/13/2023 N/A N/A ONLINE ASYNC
Birca, Alina MATH 130 College Algebra 33276 4 01/03/2023 02/13/2023 N/A N/A ONLINE ASYNC