## Welcome to the Glenn T. Smith Mathematics Studio!

The purpose of the Studio approach is to provide students with the resources they need to learn mathematical skills, understand mathematical concepts, apply mathematical ideas and gain confidence in their own mathematical ability. Everyone can be a successful math student with enough time and effort, and the Studio courses have been structured so that time to practice is an integral part of the class itself.

### Schedule

**In Person Hours:**

- Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
- Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
- Sunday 12 - 5 p.m.

**Online Tutoring Hours:**

Monday - Thursday 12 - 5 p.m. Zoom link

If you are looking for Common Math and/or Statistics Tutoring Services, please visit this page to learn more.

All tutoring services are closed when the college is closed. To view these dates check out the SF Calendar.

The studio closes each term at the end of finals, and opens again on the first day of the new term. The fastest way to reach the math studio coordinator is by email.

MAT 0018/0022/0028

The redesign of our developmental math classes began in 2010 and has been phased in over time. Initially, these classes utilized the Math Studio along with MAT1033 classes, but, as of Fall 2012, they have their own quad of classrooms. Each room is equipped with computer stations, projectors, document cameras, and white boards. Students in redesigned classes spend roughly half of their time doing typical classroom activities and half working on class assignments. Having a single meeting location gives instructors the flexibility to devote more time to work or more time to lecture as needed. Nearly all assignments are done in a web-based system that allows for students to get instant feedback on their work. Each class is assigned a tutor who follows along with the class and helps students individually during work time. This setup ensures that the methods shown by tutoring staff are consistent with techniques shown by each instructor.

**MAT0018 Prep Pre-algebra 4.0 C**

This class is designed to introduce basic mathematics skills. It focuses on addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers, fractions and decimals; operations with signed numbers including solving for missing terms; applied geometry; percent problems; mathematical notations; ratio-proportion and mathematics study skills. Students registered for this course must demonstrate competency before registering for MAT0028 or other math-related college level courses.

**MAT0022 Integrated Arithmetic And Algebra (6 Credits)**

This course integrates college prep arithmetic and college prep algebra skills into one course to allow students to accelerate their college prep mathematics requirements. It is designed for students who would generally test into the upper score range for placement into college prep arithmetic. Topics include integers, percents, sets, linear equations and inequalities, polynomial operations, factoring, exponents, radicals, graphing, solving quadratics and applications for all topics. Students must pass coursework and the state exit exam before moving into college level mathematics course.

**MAT0028 Elementary Algebra (4 Credits)**

This course includes an in-depth study of linear equations and inequalities; integer exponents and their properties; operations on polynomials, including factoring; an introduction to graphing linear functions and interpreting graphs; solving quadratic equations; and applications. Prerequisite: MAT0018, or equivalent.

MAT 1033

Intermediate Algebra at SF has been redesigned to give students faster feedback, more time for hands-on work during class time, and more one-on-one contact with instructors. Instead of meeting in the same classroom all the time, MAT1033 students spend part of their time in the classroom and part of their time in the Math Studio, a computer lab in P Building designed for math. Most coursework is done online, which lets students track their progress and learning in real-time. Working in the Math Studio gives students access to individual help from their instructors and Studio tutoring staff.

Redesigned MAT1033 is offered in three different formats, described below, each with a different mix of classroom and Studio time. You should be able to see which option you are registered in on your eSantaFe schedule; if you can't see which set up, or have any questions, please reach out to the Studio Coordinator, Patrick Carmichael, math chair, Katey Arnold, or your academic advisor.

**MAT 1033**

Intermediate Algebra (3) P

This course includes the study of quadratic equations; rational exponents and their properties; radicals; rational expressions and equations; factoring (review); graphing linear and quadratic functions and interpreting graphs; solving systems of linear equations and inequalities; and applications. Prerequisite: MAT0028, or equivalent.

**1033 Studio Class Formats: **

- Option 1: Three 55-minute class meetings each week. Meetings are in a classroom on Mondays and Fridays. Wednesday meetings are in the Math Studio.
Option 2: Three 55-minute class meetings each week. Wednesday meetings are in a classroom. Monday and Friday meetings are in the Math Studio.

Option 3: Two 85-minute class meetings each week. Each meeting will start in a classroom and then move to the Math Studio partway through.

*When registering, click on the section number to find out what type of section it is

*After registering, click on "MAT1033" on your esantafe schedule to find out what type of section you are in

MAC 1105

College Algebra at Santa Fe has been redesigned to give students more in-class interaction, more investigation of real-world applications, and more critical thinking. In addition, all redesigned sections incorporate online assessments (including homework and quizzes) to provide the instant feedback that modern students expect.

Redesigned College Algebra instructors minimize the amount of lecture done in class time. Instead, students spend a significant amount of class time working together on group activities or projects with help from their instructor. Instructors use these activities to emphasize real-world applications of the course concepts and develop students critical thinking skills.

**MAC1105 College Algebra (3) P**

This is the third semester of a three semester algebra sequence. This course includes the study of relations; linear, quadratic, exponential, logarithmic, radical, absolute value, rational and polynomial functions, including their properties and graphs; radicals, exponents, complex numbers, and absolute values; and systems of equations and inequalities. Prerequisite: MAT1033

Math Studio Frequently Asked Questions

**Does this mean I have to learn everything by myself?**

Not at all. Anytime you are in the Studio, there are real live teachers and trained tutors to answer any questions and help you as needed. The Studio class is different, but it is not an independent study. You will meet regularly each week with your class and instructor, and that time will be used in proven ways to increase your potential for success. In a normal class, the teacher may lecture every class, and then you are left trying your best after class on your own to work through problems. However, in the Studio version, you will know what you are expected to learn that week, and will have a variety of resources, including individual, personal, attention from your instructor; so that learning happens as you work through your assignments. The Studio classes seek to provide you the help you need when you need it, so you are never alone as you meet the challenge of learning mathematics.

**I don't have internet access at home - is that a problem?**

Not at all - the Studio will be open throughout the week and on Sunday, so you will have a place on campus you can work on your mathematics. Having internet access at home is preferred so you could review at home, but it is not essential or required. And you can always review your book or notes at home without the internet!

**If I finish my assignments for the week early, can I skip my lab period?**

No, it is important that you work on math consistently throughout the week. There may be some bonus points available if you complete some additional activities.

**I am not a good math student - is this set up going to work for me?**

Absolutely! Mathematics is in some ways like riding a bike - you have to practice to get the hang of it. By providing you with the time to work on your mathematics, instant feedback so you can see your progress, and immediate help in a variety of forms, you will get better and better at math, and eventually find that you are a good math student!

**I am worried about having to do my work on a computer, what should I do?**

No worries! While you will be doing your assignments on a computer, the program is very user-friendly and the first meeting and assignments are set up to help you get comfortable. And you will have people to help you all semester long whenever you are in the Studio.

**I am planning on taking a lot of math courses to complete my major - will the Studio version prepare me for what comes next?**

Yes. Santa Fe College stands solidly behind this format. Research at other schools shows that students who successfully complete Studio-type courses are just as, if not better, prepared for the next level than their counterparts.

**Does online homework mean everything is multiple-choice?**

While you will see some multiple choice problems, you will also see many short-answer questions. This particular software system has an excellent track record for recognizing different forms of correct answers, unlike some systems you may have seen in the past. You will also be asked to show your work and interpret your answers, just like in any other math class.

**If this is so great, why aren't all math classes taught this way?**

We are offering as many Studio sections as possible, given our current resources and the structure of the grant that made this possible. The program will continue to expand as we renovate the Studio space. See the Title III homepage for the other classes that will be taught in the Studio and the timeline.

**Why do I have to take math anyway?**

Mathematics is a wonderful subject that helps us better understand the world around us. By studying math, you are training your brain to think logically, see patterns, and be attentive to details. Learning mathematics teaches us how to break complicated ideas into manageable subparts and then bring the parts together into a comprehensible whole. Mathematics shows us how to work in both abstract and concrete realms, and how the two relate. All of these are skills that will help you no matter what career you choose. Mathematics is for everyone, and everyone can succeed in and enjoy their math classes!

**Who is Glenn T. Smith?**

Glenn was the chairman of the Mathematics Department from 1992 through 2001. During that time Glenn led the evolution of the department from traditional thinking about mathematics teaching and learning into 21st century pedagogies. He was particularly drawn to looking at how technology could be effectively incorporated into the classroom to enhance student learning and understanding. It is largely as a result of the direction that he brought to the department that we are engaged in the opening of this mathematics studio. Unfortunately, Professor Smith unexpectedly passed away on campus in October of 2003. He was in the process of completing his 30th year at the college.