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Greta Kocol


Mathematics: Instructor of Mathematics

Office: L-201T on the Mount Vernon campus

Phone: (360) 416.7917


Photo of Winter Quarter 2015

Winter Quarter 2015

Happy New Year and Welcome to Skagit Valley College!  I hope you had a refreshing Winter break and are ready for more mathematical challenges this quarter.  

I had some fun times this summer visiting with family, hiking, boating, swimming, and unfortunately lots of painting and wood stacking.  The picture above is of Mt. Challenger in the the North Cascades National Park.  I did a six day backpacking trip there with my sister Karla hiking 55 miles.  We had to hike out of our camp at Tapto Lakes at midnight because we were tired of the wind blowing the tent poles into our heads.  It was a beautiful moonlit trek.

I'm looking forward to working with you and your mathematics questions this quarter. I'm available to help students this quarter when my office door is open and also during the times I will be staffing the Math Center. Please drop in and bring your questions.  Don't be a stranger.  I want to help you to be successful in mathematics and in your career and life goals.  Also, watch for Study Sessions I will be holding this quarter, come in and get extra help - free!.

Office Hours and Schedule

Winter Quarter Office Hour is 8:30AM daily or by appointment
9:30 AM Statistics (Math 146 A)
10:30- 11:20 Math Center Tutoring (M-Th) in L221
11:30 AM Statistics (Math 146 B)
12:30 PM Math Center Tutoring (Fridays) in L221

Books for Spring Quarter 2015:

Math 98/99 : A MyMathLab access code/kit is required for the class.  The Math 98/99 text is available online with the code, a paper copy of the book is optional.  Text:  Elementary and Intermediate Algebra - Functions and Authentic Applications 2e, Jay Lehmann.  (Buyer Beware:  If you purchase an access code online the code number must not have been previously used or it will not work.  Purchasing from Pearson directly at MyMathLab registration is safe and is approximately $103)  If you don't have the money right now, you can always log into the course with a temporary 14-day access in order to get started immediately.

Math 238: Differential Equations: The text adopted for the course is Elementary Differential Equations, Boyce/DiPrima, 10th edition, Wiley. However, you may purchase an older edition of the text to save money.

Other SVC Mathematics Resources:

Math Center - L221 Drop in Tutoring and a great place to work on homework
Online Tutoring
Skagit Valley College - Drop In Tutoring and Math Center Schedule
SVC Mathematics Courses Flowchart

A Problem to Keep You Busy:

Open face Poker:
A game of poker is being played between two people.  The deck of cards is spread out face up in front of both of them.  The first player goes first and selects 5 cards.  The second player goes next and selects 5 cards.  Next they each get to replace anywhere from 1 to all 5 cards in their hand on the next round.  After this second round of selection the winner is determined.  
What hand should player one select at the start in order to guarantee a victory?  (Assuming all suits are equal)

Mathmatics Resources Links:


Printable Graph Paper - Rectangular, Polar, logarithmic, semi-log, etc.
Quote for the Day 
Peanut Software Homepage - Free mathematics software: Plotting, Geometry, Integer Calculator that can handle millions of digits, Statistics, Games, etc.
Unit Converter - Metric and US Customary Units
Pick a Number Mindreader

Han's Roslings 200 countries, 200 years, 4 minutes....Must See Stats!

Charles Babbage 
Equations the Rule the World
Why the 
X in mathematics?

Math Study Skills
Purple Math Algebra topics
Videos of Math Lectures - Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Alabama has a variety of math videos in their libary.
Saint Louis University Mathematics Applets

MathNexus - A great resource for mathematics and math educators
The Math Forum
The MacTutor History of Math Archive
How to Listen to Math Lectures - In Praise of Lectures by T. W. Korner, University of Cambridge
Archimedes - The Palimpsest - Information about the recent discovery of a manuscript of Archimedes that was written over as prayer book.
Census Bureau Dynamic Population Clocks - Watch the poulation of the US and the World change before your eyes.

Problem Solving

The Cartalk Puzzler - One of my favorite collections of problems from two funny guys.
The Grey Labyrinth - Some great puzzles!
Interactive Mathematics Miscellany

Contemporary Mathematics

John Allen Paulos - Author of "A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper"
The MegaPenny Project - How many pennies are in circulation? How big is a billion penny structure? How about a quadrillion?
Just how big is a one dollar bill?
The Empire State Building - How tall is it?
Safeco Field - How big is the stadium?
Mt. Rainier
World Trade Center
U-Haul moving van sizes
Monte Hall Applet - Simulate the Monte Hall problem over and over with the Java applet. Try using the SWITCH strategy and also the STAY strategy. What happens?
Nova interview with Andrew Wiles - This man spent over 7 years of his life devoted to proving Fermat's Last Theorem.
Fermat's Last Theorem
Lewis Carroll - or... Charles Lutwidge Dodgson
Math in Everyday Life
The Artwork of MC Escher
Jackson Pollock
Math in the Movies
The Fibonacci Sequence
The Shroud of Turin


Graph Paper with 4 grids per page
Purple Math Algebra topics
How Big are Bacteria?
Online Algebra Text


Musical Note frequencies
Light Intensity vs. Distance Relationship
The pH Factor and another pH site
Antique Radio Page - Can you find a logarithmic scale on one of those radios?
The Seattle Space Needle - How tall is it anyway?
The Decibel Scale - brought to you by coolmath
The Gateway Arch - Or as more properly named... The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
The Catenary Curve - Using Geometer's sketchpad by Paul Kunkel
Watch Galloping Gertie Sway - A video clip of the old Tacoma Narrows Bridge


Twenty Calculus Links from Jerry Johnson at WWW and MathNexus
Visual Calculus - A collections of modules useful for studying calculus.
Saint Louis University Calculus Applets
Calculus on Demand at Dartmouth College - A collection of applets, examples, and videos.
Exambot - A good resource for calculus problems
COW - Calculus on the web
Whistler Alley Mathematics by Paul Kunkel - Check out the sketchpad lessons for the Brachistochrone (Cycloid Curve), Catenary, and the Volume of a Torus.
Calculus graphics - The volume of the intersection of two cylinders
Eggmath - How would you find the equation for the curve of an egg?
I Love Calculus!!
Wolframs web Integrator


TI-89 Statistics Editor Flash Program - Download and install with TI-Connect
The Data and Story Library - Good place to find data sets with a brief abstract.
Climate Data from US Historical Climatology Network
National Center for Health Statistics
Chance Database Welcome Page
Statistics - Annenberg Media
The DAU Stat Refresher

Mathematical Associations

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Mathematical Association of America
The American Mathematical Society


Winter Class Schedule