Pythagorean Theorem

Mathematics

Phone:
707-467-1053

     Courses

There are three different paths you can take to fulfill the math requirements for your chosen certificate or degree.  They are outlined and explained below.  Please be advised that changing paths midway through a sequence might involve taking extra preparatory courses.

Applied Math: AA/AS /ADT, Certificate, or Transfer (46, 60, 78, 220)
Who should take this sequence: Students who would like to earn a degree or certificate or students who are not majoring in a STEM-related discipline (including pre-nursing which requires BIO 230), Computer Science, Education (as they will need Math 120), or Business Administration (as they will need MTH 230 Business Calculus). Those majoring in Business Management, a vocational major, may take this sequence.
Math 78 Catalog Course Description: This course will introduce students to the application of mathematics in the world around them. Topics include analysis of growth, voting and apportionment, and mathematical reasoning with applications chosen from a variety of disciplines. This course is not recommended for those seeking to transfer.
Benefits: This sequence satisfies the institutional math requirement for an Associate Degree by offering students a quality introduction to STEM Algebra combined with an Applied Math course that covers topics such as personal finance, a brief introduction to statistics, and voting and apportionment so that students leave the course with mathematics that is applicable in their everyday lives. Math 78 satisfies the institutional requirement and is an approved pre-requisite for Statistics (F18). For students who are not sure of their major, taking this sequence offers the benefit of having taken Math 60 on the STEM/Business track.
 

Acceleration to Stats: AA/AS/AST for Transfer (46, 51, 220)
Who should take this sequence: Those seeking a transfer degree who need MTH 220 and are not majoring in a STEM-related discipline (including pre-nursing which requires BIO 230), Computer Science, Education (as they will need Math 120), or Business Administration (as they will need MTH 230 Business Calculus). Those majoring in Business Management, a vocational major, may take this sequence.
Math 51 Catalog Course Description: This course will cover the arithmetic, algebra, calculator usage, symbolic logic, quantitative language, and data analysis knowledge necessary to succeed in Elementary Statistics. Emphasis will be on critical thinking and preparation of effectively organized assignments. It is not intended for students majoring in math, science, computer science, or business.
Benefits: Math 51 is an approved prerequisite for Statistics (F18) that bypasses the STEM Algebra courses. MTH 220 meets the institutional math requirement for an Associate Degree and meets the CSU GE math requirement.
 

Traditional STEM/Business for Transfer
Who should take this sequence: Those seeking a transfer degree who are majoring in a STEM-related discipline (including pre-nursing), Computer Science, Education (as they will need Math 120), or Business Administration (as they will need MTH 230 Business Calculus).
Benefits: A rigorous sequence that includes extended STEM applications of mathematics which will prepare students for transfer.

 

Fall 2018:

high school courses as prerequisites

 

    Faculty

Professor Roger Ahders

Roger Ahders

Roger grew up in Cloverdale and attended Santa Rosa Junior College, graduating with an AA from SRJC. He went on to earn his BS in Mathematics from Sonoma State University and his MS in Mathematics from Oregon State University. Roger joined the faculty at Mendocino College in 1998. 

Roger says that the best part of his job is that wonderful moment when a student who previously had trouble with math, suddenly “Gets It!” He likes teaching his students “the strategies of the game” so they can successfully solve problems on their own.

When he is not working, Roger enjoys hanging out with family, hiking, fishing, and other “outdoor stuff.” He is married and has two children.

 

Professor Deborah White

Deborah White

  • Office: 9181
  • Phone: 707-468-3129,  Cell Phone: 707-272-1671
  • Email: dwhite@mendocino.edu
  • Fall office hours:   
    • MW 12:00 p.m. – 12:50 p.m. in the Learning Center
    • Th  11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. in the Learning Center
    • F 10 a.m. – noon in my office (Rm. 9181 in the Science Building)

Deborah grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and got her BA in Mathematics from Swarthmore College in 1967 and her MS in Statistics from Stanford University in 1968. She has worked as a journalist, a textbook editor, and a statistical consultant to logging companies, in addition to teaching. She taught in a junior high (what middle schools were called back in the day) in Los Angeles for a year, in a high school in the Bay Area for a year and ran a private school in Mendocino for two years. She taught math at College of the Redwoods, Mendocino Coast, from 1977 to 2000, before moving to Ukiah and teaching at Mendocino College, beginning in 2000.

Deborah’s specialty is Statistics, for which she’s written her own text, available online free to students. She was active in the formation and the running of the full-time faculty union at Mendocino College. She loves to teach and get to know the students and intends to keep working until “either I die or I’m no longer able physically or mentally to do the work.”  She is currently working on reforming the math curriculum to make it less of a torture for those students who have suffered math abuse in the past.

She has two grown children and two grandchildren. Her hobbies are gardening, reading novels, and watching sports, both professional, Mendocino College, and her grandchildren’s teams. She is an ardent fan of the San Francisco Giants.

 

Professor Jason Edington

  • Office: 9178
  • Phone: 707-467-1004
  • Email: jedington@mendocino.edu
  • Fall office hours:  
    • M/W 2-3
    • T/Th 11:30 – 1
    • Friday and other times by appointment

Jason Edington is originally from Southern California where he worked as a pizza restaurant manager, a mechanic, a vacuum salesperson, and several other odd jobs during his non-traditional path to becoming an educator. After starting a family, he earned his High School Diploma at the age of 23. From there he attended Saddleback Community College where he found a much different experience than high school and a love for education! He earned his AA in Mathematics and went on to earn his BA and MA in Mathematics from CSU Fullerton.

Jason came to Mendocino College in 2004. Since then, he has become very involved in the college and statewide academic matters. In the math department, Jason has designed or co-designed all of the online courses, and continues to work towards expanding the offering of these courses. His educational focus is on learning how to study, with an emphasis on how to read and study a math book.

Jason has served a Co-Advisor for Phi Theta Kappa, the International Community College Honor Society, since his second semester at Mendocino. He is also very active on campus committees, including having served several years on Academic Senate. Jason was a member of Cohort 3 of Project ACCCESS (American Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges) and has served as a Network Committee member.

Jason is married and has two children, both of which have attended Mendocino College. In his spare time, he enjoys acting and directing local theatre, and spending time with his wife and children. His mathematical interests lie in Algebra and Number Theory.​

 

Professor Leslie Banta

Leslie Banta

  • Office:  9174
  • Phone: 707-467-1053
  • Email: lbanta@mendocino.edu
  • Fall office hours: 
    • Monday & Wednesday 10:30 – 11:00 am room 4142 (library building)
    • Tuesday & Thursday 9:00 – 10:30am room 9174 (science building)
    • Friday 11 – noon room 9174
    • Feel free to stop by anytime my door is open!

Leslie was raised in Ukiah and attended Mendocino College, graduating with an AA in Liberal Arts with highest honors. She went on to earn her BA in Mathematics from Sonoma State University, graduating with honors and distinction, and her Master of Science Degree from Dominican University of California.  Leslie joined the faculty of Mendocino College in 2010.   Prior to teaching at Mendocino College, she taught high school math, most recently at Redwood Academy of Ukiah. 

Leslie is a recipient of the Leila and Simon Peskoff Award, a national award that recognizes contributions to the education profession in the area of mathematics taught during the first two years of college. Her professional interests include math history, writing in math class, student equity, mentoring and professional development.

Leslie is the campus rep for both the California Mathematics Council for Community Colleges (CMC3), where she serves as Treasurer, and the American Mathematical Association of Two Year College (AMATYC), where she is a Project ACCCESS Fellow (Cohort 9). 

Leslie is married and has two children, both of whom attended Mendocino College.  Some of her personal interests are spending time with her family (including her dog), reading, scrapbooking, and wine tasting. She thinks there are few things better than time spent with grandchildren. 

Herself a recipient of Mendocino College Foundation scholarships when she was a student, Leslie, along with her mother, established the Les Gregg Family Scholarship, a perpetual scholarship that honors her late father.

 

Professor Casey Terrill

.Casey Bylund

  • Office: 9180
  • Phone: 707-468-3228
  • Email: cterrill@mendocino.edu
  • Fall office hours:
    • Monday 11am – 1pm
    • Tuesday 11:30am – 12:30pm
    • Wednesday 8am – 9:00am
    • Thursday 11:30am – 12:30pm
    • AND by appointment.

Casey grew up in Santa Rosa and went to the University of San Francisco for her BS. She then went to Washington State University where she earned her MS.  As a graduate student, her research focus was on Couette flow simulations in molecular dynamics.  She is a new addition to the faculty as of 2015.  She especially looks forward to helping students who have "math-phobia" feel comfortable and successful in math class.

In her downtime, Casey’s favorite thing to do is play with her yellow lab mix, Nala.  She also enjoys spending time with her husband, going to conferences, and looking at dog pictures on the internet.

 

Professor Chantal Cimmiyotti 

  • Office: 9177
  • Phone:  (707) 467-1021
  • Email: ccimmiyotti@mendocino.edu
  • Fall office hours:
    • Monday: 12:45-1:45
    • Tuesday & Thursday: 9:30-10:45
    • Wednesday: 8:30-9:15 & noon-1
    • And by appointment.

Chantal Cimmiyotti was raised on the Mendocino Coast and attended UC Santa Barbara for her undergraduate and graduate education.  Chantal has a BA in Mathematics-High School Teaching track, a Master’s in Education, and a California Single Subject Teaching Credential in Mathematics.  After college she returned to the coast to teach and “give back” to her community for seven years.  Upon her engagement, she moved to Ukiah and taught full-time at Ukiah High School and part-time at Mendocino College for two years.  She joined the full-time faculty at Mendocino College last year.  She looks forward to helping the diverse student population at Mendocino College. She loves seeing the growth of her students, whether it is an increase in content knowledge, in confidence, or in a reduction of anxiety when it comes to math.  Chantal is a board member of California Mathematics Council for Community Colleges (CMC3) and is participating in the American Mathematical Association of Two Year College (AMATYC) Project ACCCESS program (Cohort 15). She enjoys traveling, playing board games, and spending time with her husband and cat.

 

In addition to these full-time math instructors, we have several excellent adjunct (part-time) instructors.

 

     Contest

 

The math department runs a weekly contest open to all students.  To see all the contests from this semester so far, and their solutions, go to

https://www.mendocino.edu/deborah-white

     Degree

Mathematics Associate in Science for Transfer

Mathematics is the language of science and is used to describe the real world as well as abstract concepts. It is the basis for all modern technological advances. The Associate in Science in Mathematics for Transfer is designed to prepare students for a seamless transfer into the CSU system to complete a baccalaureate degree in Mathematics or similar major. Priority admission with junior status to the CSU system will be granted. Students completing this degree are exempt from Mendocino College Institutional
Requirements.

Required Core Courses
MTH 210         Calculus and Analytic Geometry I      5 units
MTH 211         Calculus and Analytic Geometry II     5 units
MTH 212         Calculus and Analytic Geometry III    5 units

Choose a minimum of 7 units from below with at least 3 units from Group A.
Group A
MTH 214         Linear Algebra                         4 units
MTH 215         Differential Equations             3 units

Choose remaining units (if needed) from Group B.
Group B
MTH 220         Statistics                                                          4 units
PHY 220         Physics for Scientists and Engineers I           4 units

Total Units
22 - 23

Plus the general education requirements for a total of 60 units.