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Irving Lai

Irving Lai

Professor: Mathematics


ilai6AT_mtsac.edu


BA — Mathematics, University of California Berkeley 
MA — Mathematics, California State University Fullerton


Irving Lai

I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics at UC Berkeley and my Masters in Mathematics (with an emphasis in education) at Cal State Fullerton.  I have been a professor at Mt. SAC since 2014, and before that I taught at Glen A. Wilson High School for 10 years.  For me the math is fun, but what is even more exciting to me is the teaching part of the profession. Finding a way to explain the mathematics in a way that students can understand and appreciate it is the most interesting part of the job.

 

I would like to give you a small glimpse of my online class structure, so that you know what to expect in my class.

 

In my Spring 2021 Math 71 + Math 7 class: 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 only be using Canvas for Math 71.

My class is synchronous, which means we will meet on Zoom: Monday, Wednesday, Friday. A working webcam is required, and you are expected to participate via Zoom Chat, Speaking, Breakout Rooms. Lecture recordings will be posted. Lecture notes will not be posted. A physical copy of the textbook is not required. Homework assignments will be in the form of Worksheets, Online Homework. Homework assignments will generally be due Monday, Wednesday, Friday. All exams will be in the form of PDF Uploads. Exams will be conducted during class time.

 

The following is a list of materials for this course:
Reliable Internet Connection: Required
Writing Utensils: Required
Paper (Printer or Lined): Required
Webcam: Strongly Recommended
Scientific Calculator: Required
Desktop/Laptop/Tablet/Smartphone: Required
Scanner or Free Scanning App: Required
Laptop Loans Program and Other Resources: https://www.mtsac.edu/studentservices/criticalsupport.html

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In my Spring 2021 Math 181 class:

My class is synchronous, which means we will meet on Zoom: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. A working webcam is required, and you are expected to participate via Zoom Chat, Speaking. Lecture recordings will be posted. Lecture notes will not be posted. A physical copy of the textbook is not required. Homework assignments will be in the form of Worksheets, Online Homework. Homework assignments will generally be due on the next day of class and/or the week of exams. All exams will be in the form of PDF Uploads. Exams will be conducted during class time.

 

The following is a list of materials for this course:
Reliable Internet Connection: Required
Writing Utensils: Required
Paper (Printer or Lined): Required
Scientific Calculator or Calculator App: Required
Desktop/Laptop/Tablet/Smartphone: Required
Scanner or Free Scanning App: Required
Laptop Loans Program and Other Resources: https://www.mtsac.edu/studentservices/criticalsupport.html

 

My office hours will be held on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday via Zoom sessions. You are welcome to contact me for appointment availability. I look forward to working with everyone, and please feel free to email 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
Lai, Irving MATH 71 Intermediate Algebra 22860 5 MWF 08/24/2020 12/13/2020 11:00AM 12:35AM ONLINE
Lai, Irving MATH 160 Precalculus Math 22978 4 MW 08/24/2020 12/13/2020 03:15PM 05:20PM ONLINE
Lai, Irving MATH 160 Precalculus Math 23030 4 TR 08/24/2020 12/13/2020 06:45PM 08:50PM ONLINE