Modes of Instruction: What are A&B, X&Y and DE?
Open Math Lab
Math Department SLOs
Math Study Skills
Department General Information
The Department of Mathematics at Las Positas College Offers a wide range
of courses in a variety of formats designed
to meet the needs of a diverse student population. Whatever your educational
goals, the Mathematics Department has the courses you need to succeed.
We offer a full lower division curriculum which prepares sudents for
transfer to 4-year institutions, as well as basic skills and college
prepatory math courses. To find out how to select the right first math
course for you, read about Assessment and Placement
Las Positas College
offers four ways to take mathematics:
Math X Lab. The Math X Lab features a workbook delivery
system in a self-paced mastery learning approach. The instructor and
instructional assistant are resources and do not lecture. Each course
is divided into two halves (called modules) to allow students more time
to cover the material. Math X Lab courses are numbered Math 36X, 36Y,
55X, 55Y, 65X, 65Y, 71X, 71Y, 107X and 107Y.
Half Lecture. The Traditional Half Lecture courses
feature an instructor who delivers the material via lecture, discussion,
homework and tests. The math course is divided in half allowing students
to learn at a slower pace. Half Lecture courses are numbered Math 55A,
55B, 65A and 65B.
Lecture. The Traditional Lecture courses feature an
instructor who delivers the material via lecture, discussion, homework
and tests. The instructor covers the entire course in one semester.
Lecture courses are numbered Math 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 10, 20, 33, 34, 36,
38, 41, 42A, 42B, 44, 45, 55, 57, 65 and 106.
An On-Line course is a distance education course delivered over the
internet using web-based tutorial software. To take an on-line class,
a student must have experience using an Internet browser, such as Netscape
Navigator or Internet Explorer and must have daily access to a computer
with an Internet connection and a CD-ROM drive. The instructor maintains
a web-site containing course information uses e-mail, on-line chat rooms
and threaded discussions to assist students taking the course. The only
on-line courses currently available are Math 65 Elementary Algebra and
Math 55 Intermediate Algebra.
Before registering for a math course at LPC
every student must take a Math Assessment test. These exams are given by appointment
in Building 1000. Contact the staff in the Assessment Testing Office, 925.424.1475, for an appointment.
At LPC we use the ACCUPlacer computerized testing system. The system will guide you to the appropriate testing choice to determine your placement into the appropriate math class.
assessment results will tell you the math courses in which you are eligible
to enroll. Please note that students may enroll in Basic Mathematics
(Math 106 or 107X) without taking an assessment test. It has been our
experience that the assessment process is generally quite accurate.
If you feel strongly that you have been placed in a course incorrectly,
see a Counselor about the prerequisite challenge process.
students' program may include a sequence of math courses that must be
taken to successfully complete the program. Often these courses must
be taken in a prescribed order. To help you in planning your program,
you may want to refer to the Math Prerequisite
Flow Chart. This chart may be found in the Schedule
and is available here. In reading the flow chart, please note that Math 65 Elementary
Algebra (*) can be replaced with the sequence Math 65A or Math
65X followed by Math 65B or Math 65Y. Similarly, Math
55 Intermediate Algebra (**) can be replaced with the sequence Math
55A or Math 55X followed by Math 55B or Math 55Y.
For more information
contact Gregory Daubenmire,
Mathematics Department Coordinator.