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Math Support

The Learning Center staff strives to serve the needs of students enrolled in any math course offered on the LSCO campus. Tutoring for college-prep math courses (0301 and 0302), as well as college algebra (1314), is available on a walk-in basis. However, for tutoring in other math courses--especially higher levels--it is advisable to call ahead or arrange an appointment to secure an appropriate tutor.

Contact Number: 409-882-3373

The Learning Center's Math LibGuide offers links to resources as well as course and textbook information: http://libguides.lsco.edu/math

Math Study Materials Created by the Learning Center *PDF

Math Handouts and Study Guides
Real Number Chart Fraction Facts Finding Factors of a Number
College Algebra Formulas & Rules Exponents/Logs Graphing Rational Functions (Asymptotes)
Factoring Polynomials Flowchart Factoring Polynomials (Flowchart with Examples) Solving Systems with Matrices
Repeating Decimals to Fractions Completing the Square Terminology of Polynomial Expressions
Word Problem Strategies
Triangle Problem Mixture Problem Ratio Problem
Distance-Rate-Time Problem Combined Work Problem Interest Problem
Perimeter/Area Solving a System Cost Function
Maxima/Minima (Quadratic)    

Helpful Links:

Paul's Online Math Notes--This website contains notes for Algebra, Calculus I, Calculus II, Calculus III, Linear Algebra, and Differential Equations. You can also download worksheets.

Beginning Algebra--This site, hosted by West Texas A&M University, offers students step-by-step instructions. This is an excellent site for the college-prep math student.

S.O.S. Math--This site contains tutorials covering algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, differential equations, matrices, and complex variables.

Purple Math--Elizabeth Stapel's math site is a great resource for all levels of math. In addition, students can find tips on how to study and complete homework assignments.

Khan Academy--Founded by MIT graduate Salman Khan, this site provides video tutorials for math students of all levels.

Patrick JMT (Just Math Tutorials)--"Patrick", a college/university math instructor, presents videos on a vast range of math topics.

BrownMath.com -- Notes and how-to tutorials for algebra, analytic geometry, trigonometry, statistics, calculus, science and business math topics, as well as tips for teaching/learning math; also includes how-to's for using TI 83/84/89/92 calculators.

InterActMath--These interactive tutorial exercises accompany Addison-Wesley and Prentice-Hall textbooks (look up textbook by author, title, and edition). However, the examples and step-by-step instructions offer excellent guided practice, regardless of the textbook a student is using.

Hawkes TV features video lessons that correspond to Hawkes Learning Systems math textbooks and online course offerings. Subjects include basic math, beginning and intermediate algebra, pre-calculus, calculus, statistics, business math, and more. 

Transformations of Parent Functions from Missouri Western State University's Center for Academic Support demonstrates transformations of four basic functions.

Graphs of Basic Functions and Graphical Transformations of Functions are useful guides for recognizing and graphing six basic algebraic functions (created by Prof. Jim Michelena of Modesto Junior College).   

Graphs of Eight Basic Types of Functions is part of the Algebra Help e-book (browser version) available from MathOnWeb.com. This resource includes graphs of logarithmic and sinusoidal functions.

Harold Toomey's Parent Functions Cheat Sheet (PDF) includes graphs and characteristics for the basic functions students encounter in college algebra and trigonometry courses, along with "graphing tips" for performing transformations.

Statistics supplements for Hawkes Learning Beginning Statistics textbook -- Formulas and Tables and Statistical Tables.

Free Printable Graph Paper and other math resources from MathBits.com.

Wolfram Alpha can help you answer questions about math as well as some other topics; step-by-step solutions available with paid pro subscription only. A good resource for checking your work. 

Math for Nursing/Allied Health Students:

Pharmacology Math for the Practical Nurse and Pharmaceutical Calculations--Free tutorials organized as web-books; more topics available at Integrated Publishing.

DosageHelp.com--Dosage calculations tutorials; explanations and examples with interactive quizzes.

Drug Calculations Quiz Page--Quizzes for metric conversion, fluid dosage, tablet dosage, and IV drop rate calculations; includes "help" option and calculator.

Free Online Math Textbooks:

Understanding Algebra, by James W. Brennan, includes explanations and examples for major concepts of beginning, intermediate, and college algebra, plus links for online tools such as a Prime Factorization Machine, Prime Number List (Generator) and Quadratic Equation Solver/Plotter. Downloadable PDF and Kindle versions are available. 

Precalculus, Ver. [π] = 3, Corrected Edition, by Carl Stitz and Jeff Zeager, covers college algebra topics and trigonometry; includes explanations, examples, and exercises with answers. PDF format.

Stitz-Zeager Open Source Mathematics lists links for College Algebra and College Trigonometry texts, as well as additional resources, such as downloadable ancillaries (quizzes and Power Points) and solution videos to accompany quizzes.

Applied Finite Mathematics, by Rupinder Sekhon, is available to use online or download (in PDF format) from OpenStax CNX. This free text is used at LSCO in MATH 1324, Math for Business, Spring 2015.

Free Online Math Courses:

Calculus I--This free introductory calculus course is a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) offered by Ohio State University via Coursera. The MOOCulus textbook is downloadable in PDF format and lecture videos are available on YouTube. To access interactive practice exercises, either Coursera or Google account login is required. 

Calculator Help:

Finding Your Way Around the TI 83+/84+, including quick reference sheets, for working with algebra, geometry, statistics, trigonometry, pre-calculus, calculus; from MathBits.com.

Montana State University Academic Support Center features a number of TI Graphing Calculator Tutorials, including text and video demonstrating uses of the TI 83/84, 86, 89, & 92 models.

Download TI Graphing Calculator Guidebooks and Software, OS Updates, and Apps from Texas Instruments.   

Using the TI 83/84 Calculator--Topics and examples are tailored for students of college algebra, college trigonometry, and freshman calculus.

Graphing Calculator Help--Includes instructions for TI 82, 83, 85,86,89,92 and others.

TI 83/84/89/92 Procedures and Help -- from BrownMath.com; common calculator operations for algebra, trigonometry, statistics, and calculus.

Basic Graphing Functions for the TI-83 and TI-84, created by Jonathan Theile and Steve Saffell of the MWSU Center for Academic Support, explains how to enter a function equation on a graphing calculator, as well as how to find the y-intercepts, zeros (x-intercepts), and maximum/minimum. More math handouts are available from MWSU Center for Academic Support.     

RentCalculators.org--Available to all students in the U.S., this program offers graphing calculators (TI-83 Plus, TI-84 Plus, TI-86 and TI-89 Titanium) for a monthly fee. Use our school discount code: lsco77630. In addition, this site includes a free online graphing calculator

Online Calculators:

Calculator-1.com--Basic, simple, scientific, root, and percentage calculator.

GoodCalculators.com--A collection of online free online calculators for various purposes (statistics, 2D/3D shapes, Grade/GPA, budget, loan, mortgage, conversion, etc.).  Works on computers, smart phones, and tablets. Use the online graphing calculator to plot functions and then save and print an image of the graph.

Desmos.com--Graph functions, plot tables of data, evaluate equations, explore transformations, and more.

Web2.0calc.com--Scientific, graphing, programming, equations, and units calculator; register to post questions in the math forum.

Meta-Calculator 2.0--Graphing, scientific, matrix, statistics, and programmer's calculator.

Google Graphing--In the Google search box, type the word "graph" in front of a function and enter. The first result will be an interactive graph of the function. Try graph y = 3x^3 + 5x^2 - 3x + 7 .