Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of calculator should I buy?

A scientific calculator is required for all classes up through MTH060.

A graphing calculator is required for all classes above MTH060. We recommend either the Texas Instruments TI-83 or TI-84. Both models are sold at most major retailers and can also be rented through the Math Learning Center in Building 3 Room 277. Many students purchase a TI-89 for the Calculus sequence, though the TI-83 or TI-84 can also be used for Calculus.

What is the difference between the Math Learning Center and the Tutoring Center?

The Math Learning Center (MLC) in Building 3 Room 277 is a classroom reserved for students taking individualized-study sections of MTH020–MTH095. Online and hybrid MTH020-MTH095 students may also obtain help in the MLC. Students in all lecture sections of MTH020-MTH095 should go to the Tutoring Center to get help.

The Tutoring Center in Building 2 Room 226 is where students can receive free tutoring in many subjects including math.

What is MyMathLab?

MyMathLab is an online learning environment that includes an e-Book, video lectures, instant homework help, unlimited practice problems, and several other tools for student success. MyMathLab is required for many online and hybrid classes and can be purchased in a bundle with your book at Chemeketa's Bookstore. Check with your instructor for details.

Which class should I take next?

That depends on your course of study. While it's best to consult with a counselor, advisor, or a math instructor, the following charts can give you some direction:


Lower Division Flowchart

Lower Division Flowchart

Technical Flowchart

Technical Math Flowchart

What if I disagree with my placement based on my test scores?

Discuss this with a counselor, advisor, or a math instructor. If you can demonstrate a sufficient background in mathematics then a placement override may be granted.

How can I get past a ‘block’ in registration?

If you have not meet the prerequisites for a course your registration will be blocked. If you think that you are well prepared for the class you are encouraged to discuss your situation with the instructor. The instructor may override the prerequisite block if they feel it is appropriate.

What if I still don't know what to do?

If you have additional questions about math at Chemeketa the Counseling Center or any full-time math faculty will be glad to help you. If you need help finding a full-time mathematics faculty stop by the Math, Science & Technology office in Building 9 Room 105.