**Mathematics:** Instructor of Mathematics

**Office:** L-201T on the Mount Vernon campus

**Phone:** (360) 416.7917

**Email:** Greta.Kocol@skagit.edu

Welcome to Skagit Valley College! I hope you had a relaxing summer and are ready for new adventures for Fall. 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. 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.

Fall Quarter Office Hour is 10:30AM M-F or by appointment

8:30-10:20 AM Accelerated Algebra (Math 96 F, 97 F)

11:30-12:20 PM Math Studio

Accelerated Math 96/97: A MyMathLab access code/kit is required for the class. The Math 97 text is available online with the code, however the Math 96 text is not. Please purchase a used Math 96 text, a paper copy of the Math 97 text is optional.

__Math 96: Prealgebra:__ Prealgebra, 6th edition, Elayn Martin-Gay. An older edition of the Math 96 text can be purchased cheaply online if you'd like to use it instead: Prealgebra 5th edition. You may purchase any edition the SVC bookstore has available 6th or 7th as well.

__Math 97: Beginning Algebra:__ __Elementary and Intermediate Algebra 2e__, Jay Lehmann. This text is available online with your MyMathLab access code so a paper copy of the text is optional.

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

**Preacher Visit:**

A preacher by the name of Hal Lee Luya, went to visit a former member. On the way there, he averaged 40 mph. For the entire trip, Hal averaged 50 mph. What was his average speed on the way back ?

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.

The Cartalk Puzzler - One of my favorite collections of problems from two funny guys.

The Grey Labyrinth - Some great puzzles!

Interactive Mathematics Miscellany

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

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Mathematical Association of America

The American Mathematical Society

Half.com

Amazon.com

Bookfinder.com

Chegg.com

Campusrentals.com