Mathematics

Modes of Instruction: What are A&B, Math X, and DE?


Which format is right for you?

Traditional Lecture

Traditional lecture is the mode of instruction with which most students are familiar. These courses work well for students with the following characteristics:

  1. I learn best when a teacher demonstrates problems.
  2. I can listen and take notes.
  3. I like to work in groups.
  4. I like a structured class.

Most lecture classes are 3 to 5 units and meet two or three times/week. A Math instructor teaches the class. These classes adhere to a pre-defined schedule. Many of these classes include one hour of lab per week in the Integrated Learning Center. The listings in the schedule provide more information.

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Half-paced Lecture A&B

These courses are best for student wanting a traditional lecture for whom the following are true:

  1. I need more time for Math concepts to sink in.
  2. It’s been forever since I studied Math, and I need a careful review of the basics.

These are 2.5 unit classes that meet two times/week and are usually scheduled as late start classes (starting in the third week of the semester). A Math instructor teaches the class. Math 65A&B and Math 55A&B each take 2 semesters to complete. Math 65A and Math 65B together comprise Math 65; similarly Math 55A and 55B comprise Math 55.  These classes include one hour of lab per week in the Integrated Learning Center.

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Math X

The Math X program consists of courses which are offered in an independent study/self-paced mode. These courses work well for students with the following characteristics:

  1. I am a self-motivated, dedicated, and organized student.
  2. I like to work alone.
  3. I need a quick brush up on my algebra skills.

Students may complete any of the following courses in the Math X program:

Math X

Equivalent Course

107A and 107B
107
65A and 65B
65
55A and 55B
55
71A and 71B
71

In Math X a Math instructor and an instructional assistant are available to answer questions. Students attend at a specified time, but there is no lecture. Homework and lab assignments are completed by each student working independently. These courses are designated in the schedule by an X followed by the section number (e.g., X01 indicates section one in Math X). For more information about how Math X works, click here.

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Distance Education

Distance education refers to a sectionin which all or part of the course is offered on-line. It works best for students to whom the following applies:

  1. I am a self-motivated, dedicated, and organized student.
  2. I like to work alone.
  3. It’s very hard for me to come to campus.
  4. I’m computer savvy.

In a Math 65DE or Math 55DE course, all instruction is carried out on-line. Students come to to campus for orientation and to take exams. In a Math 65 Hybrid, Math 55 Hybrid or Math 40 Hybrid course, part of the instruction is carried out in a face-to-face setting on campus and the rest of the instruction is on-line. Exams are given on campus at designated times. Like the traditional lecture offerings of these courses, the distance education offerings take one semester to complete. For 65 and 55, the assigned instructor determines whether the TBA lab hour is to be carried out on-line or in the Integrated Learning Center.

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