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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.


Hello Mountie Math Students!
I am so excited that you have decided to take Intermediate Algebra with Support or Calculus and Analytic Geometry! 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 71 + Math 7 FALL 2021

        Online Class Search:
        ** This class will display a Building/Room number and a Meeting Time in the online class search, to indicate an in-person, on-campus class.


        Prerequisites: None


        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 only be using Canvas for Math 71.
        My class will be conducted on-campus, in a traditional classroom setting. All exams will be in the form of on-campus traditional exams.


        Access to the textbook , MATH 71/71A/71B: Intermediate Algebra, 8th Ed., by Blitzer, is strongly recommended. Homework assignments will be in the form of worksheets, and will generally be due on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.


        Required Materials:

        Reliable Internet Connection (Strongly Recommended)

        Writing Utensils

        Paper (Printer or Lined)

        Scientific Calculator


      • Math 181 FALL 2021

        Online Class Search:
        ** This class will display a Building/Room number and a Meeting Time in the online class search, to indicate an in-person, on-campus class.


        Prerequisites: Math 180


        Class Structure:
        My class will be conducted on-campus, in a traditional classroom setting. All exams will be in the form of on-campus traditional exams.


        A physical or digital copy of the textbook , MATH 180/181: Calculus, Early Transcendentals, 8th Ed., by Stewart, is required. Free access to MapleCalculator is also required. Homework assignments will be in the form of computer projects and groupwork, and will generally be due on Mondays and Tuesdays.


        Required Materials:

        Reliable Internet Connection (Strongly Recommended)

        Writing Utensils

        Paper (Printer or Lined)

        Scientific Calculator


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 Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. 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.


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
Lai, Irving MATH 71 Intermediate Algebra 20097 5 MWF 08/23/2021 12/12/2021 11:00AM 12:35PM 61 3302
Lai, Irving MATH 160 Precalculus Math 20344 4 MW 08/23/2021 12/12/2021 03:15PM 05:20PM 61 3302
Lai, Irving MATH 160 Precalculus Math 20347 4 TR 08/23/2021 12/12/2021 06:45PM 08:50PM 61 3302