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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 below.

Las Positas College offers four ways to take mathematics:

  • Non-Traditional 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.
  • Traditional 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.
  • Traditional 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.
  • On-Line. 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.

Your 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.

Many 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 of Courses 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.

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