Math Department

Mathematics Department

TMCC's Mathematics department offers courses from beginning algebra past Calculus. Classes are offered in a variety of formats to meet the needs of TMCC's diverse student population.

Mathematics has been shown to be a most effective problem-solving tool; quantitative interpretations of the world are illuminating, and mathematical methods underlie scientific inquiry.

Math Class Formats

TMCC offers math classes in a variety of formats to accommodate varying student needs and preferences. Students should check with the Mathematics department when in doubt as to the format of a particular class.

  • Lecture format. Class meets twice a week for one hour and fifteen minutes on one of the TMCC sites. Traditional and/or non-traditional learning/instruction methods may be used (lecture, group work, discovery modules, in-class exercises, question-and-answer sessions, etc.). A lecture math class may include an online component (for example, homework and quizzes).
  • Computer-based format (Math 95 and 96). These classes meet in a classroom equipped with computers. Students work with interactive software, completing homework and assessments on the computer. Faculty instruct on an individual and/or small group basis. Access to a computer outside of class time is required in order to complete coursework.
  • Online format. Syllabus, class notes, videos, homework, quizzes, practice tests, etc. are delivered online. Students interact with the instructor and with their classmates online. Students must come to the college to take their midterm and final exams (unless proctoring arrangements have been made with the instructor).
  • Hybrid format. Online class, but meets on campus one day per week for discussion.
  • Self-paced lab format. Class meets twice a week for one hour and fifteen minutes in a math lab. Students work individually and at their own pace. Homework isn't collected. Students take exams after studying the appropriate sections of the textbook. The instructor helps students on an individual and/or small group basis.

Developmental Math

TMCC's developmental math classes are numbered Math 90, Math 95 and Math 96.

Developmental math classes give students the basic skills and understanding required for success in university-parallel classes and non-transfer 100-level classes. Credits earned in developmental math classes do not count towards graduation.

Developmental math classes are kept small (base class size 22 students) to personalize the learning environment and facilitate student-teacher interaction. Developmental math classes at TMCC are offered in lecture-based format, in computer-assisted format, and in Web-based (online) format.

Registration for online developmental math classes is by departmental permission and limited to students who meet the following three requirements:

  1. The student has not dropped or failed the class before, or the student has a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  2. The student has a grade of A or B in the prerequisite class, or a qualifying Accuplacer math, ACT math or SAT math score, taken within the past two years.
  3. The student has a minimum Accuplacer Reading score of 86 and a minimum Accuplacer Essay Sample score of 5 (or a minimum score of 440 on both the SAT Reading and Writing tests, or a minimum score of 18 on both the ACT Reading and Writing tests), or a C of higher in English 98R, taken within the past two years.

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Mathematics Department

Truckee Meadows Community College
7000 Dandini Boulevard,Vista B200
Reno, Nevada 89512-3999

Telephone: 775-673-7181 or Fax: 775-674-7592

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