Mathematics Division

Welcome to math at CVCC!

In this changing world, those who understand and can do mathematics will have significantly enhanced opportunities and options for shaping their futures. . . . All students should have the opportunity and the support necessary to learn significant mathematics with depth and understanding.  

               National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (2000, p. 50)

Mathematical knowledge and thinking is necessary to thrive in today’s world but many students find mathematics to be a challenge.  The mathematics division at CVCC is committed to providing outstanding mathematics instruction in a supportive learning environment.  Highly-qualified full-time and adjunct faculty devote much time and energy, both in the classroom and out, to help students make sense of and even enjoy mathematics.  Free math tutoring is available as well.  CVCC’s mathematics instructors and tutors strive to improve student learning, success, and confidence in math so students can achieve their goals.  

To meet the needs of CVCC students seeking A.A., A.S., or A.A.S. degrees and transient students, we offer elementary algebra classes through precalculus and calculus as well as Math for Elementary Teachers, Finite Mathematics, and Statistics.  Students should refer to degree plans at CVCC and transfer institutions and consult with their advisor to determine the appropriate mathematics classes to take.

Mathematics Placement

A student is placed into the appropriate CVCC mathematics course based on previous college work or by considering ACT scores, high school GPA and grade in highest level math class (Algebra II or above), or Accuplacer placement test results.  See the mathematics placement flowchart.

Mathematics Courses

Please see the college catalog for official course descriptions and the course schedule for days and times. 

Elementary Algebra (MTH 098)

While no college credit is awarded, MTH 098 is a worthwhile course covering mathematical topics that are critical for success in later, more advanced, mathematics courses including operations with integers, solving linear equations, and graphing.  Students spend half the time in the regular classroom discussing concepts and connections between them.  The rest of the time is spent with the instructor in the math computer lab working on assignments and receiving one-on-one assistance.

Learning Support for Intermediate College Algebra (MTH 099)

MTH 099 is designed for students close to placing directly into MTH 100.  Students must sign up for MTH 099 and the corresponding MTH 100 course in the same semester. No college credit is awarded for MTH 099.  The overarching goal of MTH 099 is to help students successfully pass MTH 100.  The instructional methods in MTH 099 vary depending on the needs of the students. The class is not just extended lecture but consists of

activities requiring the student to be actively involved in the learning process.  Activities include just-in-time review of prerequisite concepts and skills as well as additional practice of corequisite concepts and skills.  In addition, activities may address noncognitive issues, like developing productive academic mindsets and effective learning strategies.

Intermediate College Algebra (MTH 100)

MTH 100 is the highest level mathematics class required for A.A.S. degrees at CVCC.  While students receive 3 hours of college credit, MTH 100 does not satisfy the general education math requirement for A.A. or A.S. degrees.  Content includes polynomials, factoring, rational and radical expressions and equations, quadratic equations, and functions. Upon successful completion of MTH 100, students can take MTH 110, MTH 112, MTH 231, or MTH 265.

General Education Mathematics Requirement

In order to graduate with an A.S. or A.A. degree, students must successfully complete at least one course at the level of MTH 110 or MTH 112 or above.  Students may place directly into MTH 110 or MTH 112 or may take either course after passing MTH 100 with a C or better.  The course you should take to meet the general education mathematics requirement depends on your intended major at the transfer institution.  Check the STARS guide or degree plan at the transfer institution. 

Finite Mathematics (MTH 110)

MTH 110 is designed to serve as a general education mathematics option for students who do not need calculus for their major.  Topics include sets, probability, statistics, and matrices.

Precalculus Algebra (MTH 112)

Satisfies the general education mathematics requirement and should be taken by any student who may need calculus.   MTH 112 is a continuation of MTH 100.  It is primarily a study of functions – polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic. Upon successful completion of MTH 112, students can take MTH 113 or MTH 120.

Mary JohnsonMath Division, Chair
Brassell Hall 219
Dr. Patricia Boling Math Instructor
Brassell Hall 212
Beth CoxMath Instructor
Brassell Hall 218
Shawn JunghansMath Instructor
Brassell Hall 216
Jacques McKinnonMath Instructor
Brassell Hall 217