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Math Resources

What you need to succeed.

The university is dedicated to providing all students with the resources they need for success, and our department is no different. Check out some of what’s available to you as a math major.

E-Homework is a web-based electronic homework system (also called Möbius) that will immediately grade your answers and provide detailed, worked-out solutions. If you have any questions, please contact John LaMaster, senior instructor of mathematical sciences, at [email protected] or 260-481-5430.

The Math Testing Center, located in Kettler Hall, Room G18A, is for students who are taking mathematics or statistics courses and have the permission from their instructor to take a test outside of class. In order to receive a test, you must have a photo ID and follow all directions from your instructor and policies of the center. 

Go to the Math Testing Center for the latest information on hours, policies, tutoring and video resources, and contact information.

Need help in calculus or a higher-level math course? Come see us for tutoring. 

In-person Tutoring
Kettler Hall, Room G38

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Online Tutoring
Piazza is an online discussion board where you can post questions and/or answers to interact with students, teachers, and tutors across all sections of the course.

Contact John LaMaster, senior instructor, at [email protected] or 260-481-5430 if you wish to enroll in Piazza.

MA 15300: College Algebra

MA 15400: Trigonometry

 

See tips for how to best use MA 15300 College Algebra.

See tips for how to best use MA 15400 Trigonometry.

Graphing calculators are expensive, and when you need it for only a course or two, it’s difficult to justify the purchase of one. We’re here to help. Check out what we offer. 

Models Available
We offer TI-83, TI-84, TI-84 CE, and TI-89 models.

Pricing
Rent is only $10 for the TI-83 model, and $15 for all other models.

Where
Pick up your rentals at the Student Government Association office in Walb Union, Room 225.
 

Many of our courses require you to have some prerequisite math skills in order to succeed. The following materials can help you prepare for your next math course:

Please note, MA 15300, MA 15400, and MA 15900 are intended for students who have successfully completed at least two years of high school algebra. If practice problems are challenging for you or do not look familiar, discuss your options with your instructor or advisor. Based on your major, you may be able to take a course with less prerequisites and higher success rates. For free electronic practice of these skills, check out Kahn Academy.

Take a look at the following skills you will need for MA 15300, MA 15400, and MA 15900: 

  • Set up and solve linear equations and inequalities
  • Use function notation; find the domain and range from a graph
  • Know your lines
    • Find the slope from two points 
    • Find the slope from a graph using a grid
    • Fluency with horizontal and vertical lines
    • Find slope from an equation 
    • Find the equation from graph
    • Find the slope-intercept equation from two points
    • Find x- and y-intercepts from a linear graph
    • Find x- and y-intercepts from a linear formula 
    • Slope-intercept equation from two points 
    • Write the equation of a line (vertical, horizontal, and otherwise) in any form 
    • Graph lines (vertical, horizontal, and otherwise) 
    • Find and interpret the rate of change of linear functions
    • Point-slope form to slope-intercept form 
    • Equations of parallel and perpendicular lines
    • Model a problem with a linear function 
  • Solve a systems of two linear equations (having no, one, or many solutions) by graphing, substitution, or elimination
  • Simplify expressions with positive-integer exponents
  • Simplify expressions with negative-integer and fractional exponents
  • Simplify radicals, multiply/divide radicals, and solve radical equations
  • Use the distributive property of multiplication over addition to expand a polynomial
    • Reverse the process by factoring; solve quadratic equations by factoring or taking square roots of both sides of the equation or using the quadratic formula
  • Simplify rational expressions and find values for which the expression is zero or undefined; solve rational equations. 
  • Rounding numbers
     

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