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Whether you want to become a math teacher, engineer, or you need to meet math general education requirements for your program, JJC's Mathematics Department will cater to your needs on an individual level.
Learn what you can expect by reviewing the syllabi below. Please note that individual instructors will have more detailed and personalized syllabi for the sections which they are instructing.
High school students who take transition math courses can immediately place into entry-level math classes at JJC, all Illinois community colleges and accepting Illinois universities - without taking placement exams.
The Tutoring and Learning Center offers free math tutoring and is located on JJC Main Campus, in Room C-2010. Degreed, professional tutors, along with upper-level math peer tutors, are available for assistance with all math coursework. Mathematics software, including MyMathLab and The Geometer's Sketchpad, is available for homework and drill/practice. Tutoring is free. No appointment necessary. No limit on hours. Highly recommended.
Smarthinking delivers online tutoring up to 24 hours a day, seven days a week via iCampus. It offers:
Phone: (815) 280-2364
Office: J-1051
About Linda Blanco
Linda Blanco is a full-time professor in the Mathematics Department at JJC and serves as the Department Chair.
Blanco has been teaching mathematics since 1974, first at the high school level, and then at the community college level. Part of her desire is to better bridge the gap between high school teaching and learning and a student's college learning experience.
Blanco has been engaged in professional mathematics organizations like IMACC and ICTM, where she served on the Board of Directors and assisted in committee work. As a community college professor, she is dedicated to service to our JJC community, whether a student ultimately attends at JJC or not.
When not doing professional work, Blanco is active in World Vision efforts to find sponsors for children in under-resourced areas of the world. So far, she has been able to see first-hand the work done in communities in Kenya and Uganda. Since much of Team World Vision fundraising involves endurance activities, she has learned the joy of running (eight Chicago Marathons to date since 2009) and hiking (Grand Canyon 17.5-mile day hike South Rim to South Rim in October 2020).
Blanco also has two adult children who live in great states to visit!
Teaching Style
"My favorite part of my job is working with students! Although I have gained skill in remote teaching, my preference as both instructor and student remains face-to-face discussion and interaction. Even in the remote environment, I prefer to include virtual learning through media like Microsoft Teams which is available here at JJC."
Education
Other Education
Blanco has taken various other courses to remain current in the field. She attends many conferences as well. A few years ago, she took PHIL 104 and MATH 128 at JJC. She enjoys putting herself in uncomfortable positions by taking on challenges.
Clubs
Blanco has served as a faculty advisor for the Intervarsity Club. She still regards herself as a member.
Phone: (815) 280-2368
Office: J-1005B
About Joanne Brunner
Joanne Brunner is a full-time professor in the Mathematics Department at JJC. She has been teaching a wide variety of courses at JJC since 1998.
When she is not teaching, Brunner volunteers and leads international trips with Habitat for Humanity and their Global Village program to help well-deserving families secure safe housing. She also helps golden retrievers and volunteers with the dog rescue, As Good as Gold.
Teaching Style
"JJC is a great place to work and earn a degree. I enjoy working with a wide variety of students with diverse backgrounds."
Education
Phone: (815) 280-2472
Office: J-1052
About Jason Eltrevoog
Jason Eltrevoog is a full-time professor in the Mathematics Department at JJC.
In addition to teaching, Eltrevoog is the ICTM Math Contest Coordinator, JJC Invitational Contest Coordinator and a school board member for Seneca Township High School.
Teaching Style
"My teaching style is very 'conversational' ... I'd rather not be the only one talking. I like to illustrate everything with a lot of examples, and answer as many questions along the way as possible."
Education
Phone: (815) 280-2368
Office: J-1005B
About Patrick Stevens
Patrick Stevens is a full-time professor in the Mathematics Department at JJC. He teaches Statistics, Discrete Math, Beginning Algebra and Intermediate Algebra.
In addition to teaching, Stevens is also the Curriculum Committee Chair.
Education
Math Credit Authorization Form (PDF)
Math courses at Joliet Junior College such as Math 131 (College Algebra), Math 138 (Pre-Calculus I, Algebra), Math 139 (Pre-Calculus II, Trigonometry), Math 142 (Accelerated Pre-Calculus) and Math 170/171/172 (Calculus with Analytic Geometry series) are considered college level mathematics courses. Many of these courses are taught in the high schools of Illinois Junior College District 525.
Students who satisfactorily complete any math course numbered 137 or higher (excluding Math 138 and Math 142) as their first math course after their high school math courses, at JJC with a “C” or better, and have earned 15 semester hours of college credit at JJC may petition to receive JJC credit for college level mathematics courses taken in high school. The course(s) will be listed on the transcript. However, the transcript will not include a letter grade for the course(s) for which credit is granted. Enrollment in the JJC math course must have been within two years of completion of high school.
1. If a student completes Math 137 (Discrete Mathematics), the student may apply to the Mathematics Chairperson to receive four hours of credit for mathematics courses taken in high school. This will be listed on the transcript as Math 131 (College Algebra — 4 semester hours).
2. If a student completes Math 150 (Mathematical Analysis for Business), the student may apply to the Mathematics Chairperson to receive four hours of credit for mathematics courses taken in high school. This will be listed on the transcript as Math 131 (College Algebra — 4 semester hours).
3. If a student completes Math 153 (Finite Mathematics), the student may apply to the Mathematics Chairperson to receive four hours of credit for mathematics courses taken in high school. This will be listed on the transcript as Math 131 (College Algebra — 4 semester hours).
4. If a student completes Math 139 (Pre-Calculus II, Trigonometry), the student may apply to the Mathematics Chairperson to receive four hours of credit for mathematics courses taken in high school. This will be listed on the transcript as Math 138 (Pre-Calculus I, Algebra — 4 semester hours).
5. If a student completes Math 170 (Calculus I), the student may apply to the Mathematics Chairperson to receive eight hours of credit for mathematics courses taken in high school. These will be listed on the transcript as Math 138 (Pre-Calculus I, Algebra — 4 semester hours), Math 139 (Pre-Calculus II, Trigonometry — 4 semester hours).
6. If a student completes Math 171 (Calculus II), the student may apply to the Mathematics Chairperson to receive thirteen hours of credit for mathematics courses taken in high school. These will be listed on the transcript as Math 170 (Calculus I — 5 semester hours), Math 138 (Pre-Calculus I, Algebra — 4 semester hours) and Math 139 (Pre-Calculus II, Trigonometry — 4 semester hours).
7. If a student completes Math 172 (Calculus III), the student may apply to the Mathematics Chairperson to receive seventeen hours of credit for mathematics courses taken in high school. These would be the thirteen hours listed in Item 6 above plus Math 171 (Calculus II — 4 semester hours).
If a JJC student does not enroll in one of the mathematics courses mentioned above, the student can still receive credit for Math 131 (College Algebra — 4 semester hours); Math 137 (Discrete Mathematics – 3 semester hours); Math 138 (Pre-Calculus I, Algebra — 4 semester hours); Math 139 (Pre-Calculus II, Trigonometry — 4 semester hours); Math 150 (Mathematical Analysis for Business — 4 semester hours); Math 153 (Finite Mathematics — 4 semester hours); Math 170 (Calculus I — 5 semester hours); Math 171 (Calculus II — 4 semester hours); Math 172 (Calculus III— 4 semester hours) by satisfactorily completing one or more of the following:
a) The appropriate score on a CLEP subject matter exam or College Board AP exam as determined by the Vice President of Academic Affairs
b) A JJC mathematics proficiency examination with an appropriate score for qualifying students
Proficiency examinations may not be used for:
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