The Mathematics and Computer Science Department at Lansing Community College offers
a variety of courses in the areas of **mathematics, computer science and statistics**. We firmly believe in serving the learning needs of our community and students and
are committed to doing so. No matter what your reason for taking a course in our department,
please know that we are here to help you accomplish your goals.

For information or assistance with programs in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department, please contact us at:

- Phone: 517-483-1073
- ASD-SAM-INFO@star.lcc.edu

Or by visiting any of the Arts and Sciences Division Service Centers conveniently located on the downtown campus:

- Gannon Building - GB 1222
- Arts & Sciences Building - A&S 3203

##### Online Chat Hours:

Mon-Fri: 8am-4pm

## Areas of study include:

### Resources

### Statistics Program

The Mathematics and Computer Science Department offers two classes in Statistics:

- STAT 170 (Introduction to Statistics)
- STAT 215 (Introduction to Probability and Statistics)

##### Quick Links

### What is a Math Lab?

Math Labs are a flexible learning system for **MATH 107 and 112** that emphasizes self-directed learning with individual instruction as needed. You
will choose a section that meets on specific days and times. Sections are available
both on and off campus. Each section has one instructor and up to 22 students.

In a Math Lab, you will get your assignments, read the textbook, and do your homework. When you have a question or difficulty, you can get individual help from your instructor. Additional instruction is available through DVDs and interactive websites. Our instructors are trained to work with students who have difficulty with math. Students who do well with math can move through the course as fast as they wish.

##### Math Labs provide flexibility in testing:

- Take tests when you are ready - ahead of schedule or a little behind
- No time limits except the end of the class period
- Retake tests after brief instruction if a test is failed
- Retake tests to raise the grade if a test is passed

##### Math Labs provide flexibility in the pace of instruction:

- Start the next course if a course is finished early
- Finish two courses in the same semester and pay for only one
- Repeat a course the next semester starting where you left off

##### Math Labs are for you if:

**You benefit from individual instruction****You can learn by reading, doing problems, and asking questions****You are self-motivated and can stay on a schedule****You want the opportunity to accelerate your course**

### Math Tutoring

**FREE** tutoring from faculty is available in the Learning Commons, located in TLC Building - 1st and 2nd Floor, on a drop-in basis. Many of our courses
also offer supplemental instruction.

### Math Study Sites

##### Math Resources on the Web

S.O.S. Mathematics - A very extensive compilation of Math Links including those listed below.

Dave's Math Tables - A wealth of Math tables at your disposal for many different math areas.

Ask Dr. Math - Ask Dr. Math a question, or view answers from FAQs at this web site.

Math.com - Extensive practice on all levels of math through calculus.

PurpleMath.com - Help with algebra.

### Math Placement Testing

##### What is a Placement Test and What is a Math Level?

A placement test is a measure of your abilities in a basic skill area - math, reading, or writing. It identifies your current level of understanding and places you in an appropriate course that will build on that level of understanding. If you take a course much above your level of understanding, you probably will not have the foundational knowledge necessary to be successful.

The math placement test results in a Math Level. Math levels range from 3 to 9 and correspond to the prerequisites for math courses ranging from Pre-Algebra to Calculus I. Your math level identifies the appropriate course(s) for you to take next. Math levels can also be needed to register for Science or other courses that require a certain level of understanding in math. You cannot register for courses that have a prerequisite math level higher than your math level. Prerequisites are never waived for math courses.

Your initial math level is earned by taking a placement test, and subsequent math levels are earned by successfully completing specific math classes with a grade of 2.0 or higher. Since math knowledge can deteriorate with time, math levels of 5 and above are good for two years from the placement test date or the completion of specific math courses.

##### What is a Math Placement Test Like?

Math placement tests are administered on a computer. The computer chooses questions in a different order for each test taker based on the test taker's abilities, so once you submit an answer, you cannot go back and change it or review your answers at the end of the test. There is no time limit, but most people finish in about 30 to 45 minutes. Math placement tests are taken without a calculator, but on some questions, the computer lets you use a pop-up calculator on the screen. Students with disabilities who typically have an accommodation of a calculator on math tests must visit the Office of Disability Support Services for permission to use one on the placement test.

There are three different math placement tests: Arithmetic (17 questions), Elementary Algebra (12 questions), and College Level Math (20 questions). Unless you specifically ask for a certain test, students are started on the Elementary Algebra test. If you do well on this test, you will receive a math level. If you do very well on the Algebra test, you will also be given the College Level Math test automatically. If you do not score high enough to get a math level on the Algebra test, you will automatically be given the Arithmetic test.

Results are given immediately after the test. Results can be viewed in Banner under the Student tab, in the Placement Test Scores box. You can take each math placement test twice in a 365 day period. There is no fee to take a placement test.

##### How Do I Prepare for the Math Placement Test?

Descriptions of each math placement test can be found on the Placement Testing webpage.

There are many resources available on the internet to help refresh your math
skills. You can also view a sample of math-related websites by expanding the **Math Study Sites** section above.

##### How Do I Take the Math Placement Test?

Placement tests are administered in the Testing Services Center on the downtown campus and many extension centers. Placement tests are administered on a walk-in basis during posted hours. Tests must be started at least one hour before closing time. You must already be admitted to LCC and show a pictured ID in order to start the test.

### Math Proficiency Testing

##### What Is A Proficiency Test?

A proficiency test is an examination that measures knowledge in one of the general education areas required for an LCC Associate's Degree. It allows students to demonstrate proficiency in that area without having to take the course. Proficiency tests are equivalent to the final exam for that course, and passing it fulfills LCC's graduation requirement in that general education area. General information about proficiency tests and the general education areas covered by these tests are available on the Testing Services website.

##### What Do I Need to Know Before Taking a Proficiency Test?

- Each proficiency test can be taken one time ONLY.
- Students must obtain permission from the academic department offering the test and pay a fee of $50.
- Proficiency tests are challenging exams covering all of the material taught in the course. Extensive review of course topics is highly recommended.
- Proficiency tests are administered in the main campus Testing Services Center. You must already be admitted to LCC and show a pictured ID in order to start the test.
- The test will be graded by a faculty member familiar with the course. It may take several days for the test to be graded.
- Results of the test are entered in the student records system. You can see your results in Banner under the Student tab, in the Placement Test Scores box.
- A passing score is 71% or higher. A score of 76% is required for entrance to LCC's nursing program.
- Passing the proficiency test does
**not**give you credit for the course, and the test results are**not**recorded on your transcript.

##### What is the Math Proficiency Test Like?

**Math 112 - Intermediate Algebra**

- Course topics covered by the test are listed on the course handouts webpage.
- The course text can be purchased at Gibson's Book Store or viewed at the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor of the LCC Library: Intermediate Algebra, Second Edition, special edition for LCC by Miller, O'Neill, and Hyde, published by McGraw-Hill. ISBN 978-0-07-742546-3
- The test has 40 questions.
- You will be provided with a graphing calculator, a ruler, and scratch paper.
- There is no time limit, but you must finish by the Testing Service Center's closing time.
- The code COMA (
**CO**re**MA**th) will appear on your record with the percentage you got correct. - Passing the Math 112 proficiency test raises your Math Level to 6.

##### How Do I Take the Math Proficiency Test

- Come to the Mathematics & Computer Science Department Office or call us at (517) 483-1073 to set up an appointment to talk with a department representative. The representative will review information about the test, suggest resources to help you study, and complete a CORE Proficiency Examination Authorization Form.
- Take the Authorization Form to the Student Finance office in room 214 of the Gannon Building and pay the $50 fee.
- Study for the test using the suggested resources.
- After studying for the exam and paying your fee, the next step is to take your test with Testing Services, located in the TLC Building, Room 104. You do not need an appointment to test. Tests must be started at least one hour prior to closing time, but we recommend you allow for at least two hours. Testing center hours are can be found on the Testing Hours and Locations webpage.
- Check your results in banner under the Student tab, in the Placement Test Scores box.
- When you apply for graduation, if you have a passing score, be sure to note on the application that you passed the proficiency test. This will prompt the registrar's office to check the student records system.

### Math Scholarships

The Lansing Community College Foundation has over 500 Scholarships available to LCC students in all program areas. The following list is a sample of the scholarships that may be available to Math, Computer Science and Engineering Majors.

##### Accident Fund Insurance Company of America Scholarship

This scholarship is available to students enrolled in an information technology or math program with a minimum of 6 credits. Recipients must maintain a 2.5 GPA. Financial need is considered.

##### Mathematics & Computer Science Department Scholarship (previously titled Department of Mathematical Skills Scholarship)

Students must have completed either MATH 050, MATH 107, MATH 112, MATH 114, MATH 115, MATH 117, MATH 118, or MATH 119, maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA, and enroll in a minimum of 6 credits. Financial need is considered.

##### TechSmith Corporation Computer Science/Information Technology Scholarship

This scholarship is available to students who are enrolled in a computer science or information technology program and are pursuing their first educational degree. Recipients must be enrolled in a minimum of six credits, maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrate financial need.

##### Claude Watson Scholarship

This scholarship is available to students who are Math, Computer Science, Engineering or Physics Majors.

For information and how to apply or for a full list of available scholarships please call the LCC Foundation office at 517-483-1985 or visit the Foundation website. You can also visit the LCC Scholarships website for more information about available scholarships.

### Wolfram Mathematica at LCC

###### How to Get Mathematica

Mathematica is currently installed in the following locations:

##### Computer labs

**All public and general labs**

Mathematica can also be installed on:

##### Campus machines

Follow the directions below to download software from Wolfram and request the appropriate activation key.

- Create an account
*(New users only)*:- Go to user.wolfram.com and click "Create Account"
- Fill out form using a
**@lcc.edu**email, and click "Create Wolfram ID" - Check your email and click the link to validate your Wolfram ID

- Request the download and key:
- Fill out this formto request an Activation Key
- Click the "Product Summary page" link to access your license
- Click "Get Downloads" and select "Download" next to your platform
- Run the installer on your machine, and enter Activation Key at prompt

##### Faculty and staff personally owned machines

- Fill out this form to request a home-use license from Wolfram.

##### Student personally owned machines

Follow the directions below to download from the Wolfram User Portal.

- Create an account
*(New users only)*:- Go to user.wolfram.com and click "Create Account"
- Fill out form using a
**@mail.lcc.edu**email, and click "Create Wolfram ID" - Check your email and click the link to validate your Wolfram ID

- Request the download and key:
- Fill out this form to request an Activation Key
- Click the "Product Summary page" link to access your license
- Click "Get Downloads" and select "Download" next to your platform
- Run the installer on your machine, and enter Activation Key at prompt

Are you interested in putting Mathematica elsewhere? Please let IT or Andy Dorsett at Wolfram Research know.

###### Mathematica Tutorials

The first three tutorials are excellent for new users, and can be assigned to students as homework to learn Mathematica outside of class time.

- Hands-on Start to Mathematica (videos)

Follow along in Mathematica as you watch this multi-part screencast that teaches you the basics—how to create your first notebook, calculations, visualizations, interactive examples, and more. - Hands-on Start to Wolfram Mathematica and Programming with the Wolfram Language

(book) Learn Mathematica at your own pace from authors with 50+ years of combined Mathematica experience—with hands-on examples, end-of-chapter exercises, and authors' tips that introduce you to the breadth of Mathematica with a focus on ease of use. - Mathematica & Wolfram Language Fast Introduction for Math Students (online book)

Use this tutorial to learn about solving math problems in the Wolfram Language—from basic arithmetic to integral calculus and beyond. - What's New in Mathematica 11

Provides a list of new functionality in Mathematica 11, and links to documentation and examples for these new features—including 3D printing, audio processing, machine learning and neural networks, and text and language processing. - How To Topics

Access step-by-step instructions ranging from how to create animations to basic syntax information. - Mathematica Resources

Browse Wolfram's large collection of learning materials and support resources.

- Hands-on Start to Mathematica (videos)
###### Teaching with Mathematica

Mathematica offers an interactive classroom experience that helps students explore and grasp concepts, plus gives faculty the tools they need to easily create supporting course materials, assignments, and presentations.

##### Resources for educators

- Mathematica for Teaching and Education—Free video course

Learn how to make your classroom dynamic with interactive models, explore computation and visualization capabilities in Mathematica that make it useful for teaching practically any subject at any level, and get best-practice suggestions for course integration. - How To Create a Lecture Slideshow—Video tutorial

Learn how to create a slideshow for class that shows a mixture of graphics, calculations, and nicely formatted text, with live calculations or animations. - Wolfram Demonstrations Project

Download pre-built, open-code examples from a daily-growing collection of interactive visualizations, spanning a remarkable range of topics. - Wolfram Training Education Courses

Access on-demand and live courses on Mathematica, SystemModeler, and other Wolfram technologies.

- Mathematica for Teaching and Education—Free video course
###### Research with Mathematica

Rather than requiring different toolkits for different jobs, Mathematica integrates the world's largest collection of algorithms, high-performance computing capabilities, and a powerful visualization engine in one coherent system, making it ideal for academic research in just about any discipline.

##### Resources for researchers

- Wolfram Language Training Courses—Free video courses

Explore what's possible with the Wolfram Language, including programming fundamentals and concepts, built-in functions, symbolic expressions, and tips for better, faster coding. - Field-Specific Applications

Learn what areas of Mathematica are useful for specific fields.

- Wolfram Language Training Courses—Free video courses

### Contact Us

##### Mathematics & Computer Science Department

Arts and Sciences (A&S) Division

- Gannon Building - GB 1222
- Arts & Sciences Building - A&S 3203

Phone: 517-483-1073