Scot Childress

Scot Childress

Professor: Mathematics

Building: 61-1634
(909) 274-3751

BA — Pure Mathematics, California State University Fullerton
Ph.D. — Mathematics, University of California, Riverside

Scot Childress

I earned my B.A. in Pure Mathematics from California State University of Fullerton in 2003.  I earned my Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of California at Riverside in 2009 and served two post-doctoral study positions at UCR working with the Fractal Geometry and Dynamical  Systems Research Group (under M. Lapidus) from 2009 to 2012.

I started at Mt SAC as a part time Mathematics instructor in 2012 and was hired as a full-time professor in 2014.  I have always loved teaching and was so passionate about it that I left a research career to pursue it.  I enjoy teaching every level of class that we offer at Mt SAC from Math 50 up to 285.  Our students here are the best and I genuinely feel that I have the best job on the planet.

I am so excited that you have decided to take Differential Equations ! 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 290 Winter 2022

      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 280

      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 digital copy (pdf) of the textbook, MATH 290: A First Course in Differential Equations, 11th Ed., by Zill, is strongly recommended. Homework assignments will be in the form of computer projects, worksheets, and textbook problems, and will generally be due on Tuesdays.

      Required Materials:

      Reliable Internet Connection (Strongly Recommended)

      Writing Utensils

      Paper (Printer or Lined)

      Scientific Calculator with No Calculus Functionality

      Scanner or Free Scanning App

      Content Focus:

      Examples from Biology, Physics, and Circuit Theory will reoccur throughout the course to illustrate the Mathematics that is being developed.

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My office hours will be held on-campus on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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.