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MATH 105 Mathematical Concepts for Elementary Teachers

What is MATH 105?
MATH 105 is Mathematical Concepts for Elementary Teachers. It includes ways of thinking about, expressing, and understanding quantities, fractions, and more.
Which schools does MATH 105 transfer to?
MATH 105 is CSU Transferable as elective units. Students desiring a bachelor’s degree (transfer program) should consult with a counselor to discuss transferability to a specific campus and major.
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Who typically* takes MATH 105?
Students aiming to become an elementary school teacher .
*Note: This course may not satisfy general education math requirements. Please meet with a counselor about the specific school you intend to transfer to determine your math requirement.
What can I do to be successful in MATH 105?
  • Plan to study outside of class at least 8 hours each week, or more if it has been a while since you have taken a math class.
  • Study actively by doing practice problems, making note cards, and making study guides.
  • Attend professor's student hours (office hours) and math support centers regularly.
  • Form study groups with other students in class and try to explain problems as you do them.
Where can I get help if I am struggling with MATH 105 topics?
First off, remember that you are not alone! Many students find MATH 105 challenging, so here are the supports you have available here at Mt. SAC.
Your Instructor
Instructor writing y=x+b on a chalkboard while saying "You can do it!"
Tutoring Centers on Campus
We want to remind you that when it comes to learning math… mindset matters! Believe in yourself and know that asking for help is strongly encouraged. In fact, data shows that if you use the support resources on campus, you will be more successful in your classes, so start visiting them early rather than right before a big exam.
"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." - Albert Einstein

Teaching mathematics is a very fulfilling calling! A child’s early mathematical experiences stay with them as they progress through higher education, so it is important to cultivate meaningful relationships while imparting our knowledge to the next generation. Guiding students to engage in learning is the key to building the foundation for a lifelong mathematical journey.

Math concepts frequently used in MATH 105?
  • Place Value
  • Whole Number Operations
  • Operations with Decimals
  • Estimating Quantities
  • Relationships between Fractions
  • Operations with Fractions
Where can I brush up on math concepts frequently used in MATH 105?
  • Join the MATH 105 Math Jumpstart Canvas page, created by Mt. SAC math faculty, with topic-based modules that include under-5-minute refresher videos and practice problems to review at your own pace.
  • Enroll in a free faculty-led noncredit math prep class through AIME (Academic Instruction for Math and English) in Mt. SAC’s School of Continuing Education.

Remember, we want you to successfully complete your math requirements as you head toward your educational goal! If you feel that you would be better served in a different math class, we want you to know that it might be possible to find an open math class to switch to right now, or you can join a 12-week or 8-week class that starts late. However, don’t wait to make this change! You need to make the switch within the first few days of the semester to avoid a W on your transcript.
Here are the Statistics and Liberal Arts Math (SLAM) classes that you have access to:
  • MATH 100 Survey of College Math [3 units] or MATH 100+10A Survey of College Math w/ Support [5 units]
  • MATH 110 Elementary Statistics [3 units] or MATH 110+11 Elementary Statistics w/ Support [5 units]
  • MATH 120 Finite Mathematics [3 units] or MATH 120+12 Finite Mathematics w/ Support [5 units] (Starting Fall 2023)
  • MATH 130 College Algebra [4 units] or MATH 130+13 College Algebra w/ Support [6 units]

Note that course numbering does not indicate difficulty of course content. If you have further questions about which course is right for you, please speak to a counselor.

Anyone can learn mathematical concepts! It is not a skill set that one is either born with or not. YOU are capable not only of learning mathematical concepts, but also of excelling in mathematical concepts!

For additional mathematical concepts for elementary teachers help, please visit the Math Activities Resource Centers (MARCS) or the Academic Support and Achievement Center (ASAC).