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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 am so excited that you have decided to take Trigonometry or Calculus and Analytic Geometry 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 150 Spring 2023

        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:
        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 150: Trigonometry, 12th Ed., Lial, is required. Homework assignments will be in the form of textbook problems, and will generally be due on Mondays and Tuesdays.


        Required Materials:

        Reliable Internet Connection (Strongly Recommended)

        Writing Utensils

        Paper (Printer or Lined) (Strongly Recommended)

        Scientific Calculator

        Desktop/Laptop/Tablet/Smartphone (Strongly Recommended)

        Scanner or Free Scanning App


        Helpful Foundational Skills:
        Solving Quadratic Equations
        Solving Rational Equations
        Graphing Quadratic Equations
        Angle Relationships
        Pythagorean Theorem


      • Math 181 + Math 18B Spring 2023

        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:
        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 181.

        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 textbook problems, and will generally be due on Mondays and Tuesdays.


        Required Materials:

        Reliable Internet Connection

        Writing Utensils

        Paper (Printer or Lined) (Strongly Recommended)

        Calculator (Strongly Recommended)

        Desktop/Laptop/Tablet/Smartphone (Strongly Recommended)

        Scanner or Free Scanning App


        Helpful Foundational Skills:
        Evaluating Limits
        Differentiating Functions
        Basic Integration Techniques

Our classroom environment will be one that supports your diverse perspectives and honors your identities. Names are very personal and very powerful. The name by which we choose to be called represents who we are. I recognize that calling students by their preferred name is crucial to ensuring that the classroom environment (whether in person or online) is a safe and inclusive space for learning. If you have a preferred first name that you would like me to use, or would like to share your pronouns with me, please feel free to let me know!


I would also like to take a moment to acknowledge that Mt. SAC is geographically situated on the traditional lands of the native, indigenous peoples whose land was taken from them. I ask you to join me in acknowledging their community, their elders both past and present, as well as future generations. May we strive to honor the land and the people who have stewarded it throughout the generations.


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.