Ama Kwansima’s MAT 130 Archived Resources

Below are some resources that I think are helpful for MAT 130 students . If you have any questions come to an SI session or leave a comment below. You can also upload any of your helpful resources in the comment section!

My Session Schedule, Winter 2016

[box]Mondays 4pm – 5pm, DePaul Center C105, Loop Campus

Wednesdays 4pm – 5pm, Richardson Library JTR 111, Lincoln Park Campus

Office Hour – Monday 2pm – 3pm,  DePaul Center C105 [/box]

Can’t attend any of my sessions? Check out other MAT 130 SI leaders’ schedules here.

About Me

Hello Wonderful people! I am so glad you have decided to go through my blog! My name is Ama Kwansima and I am currently a Senior level Mathematical Sciences major here at DePaul. As you will find out, I am an easy going person and open to suggestions as well. Leave a comment below on what you would love to see on my blog!

Housekeeping notes

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an excellent resource for DePaul students which enables them build a solid foundation for historically difficult subjects. This resource has proven to be highly efficient for students who have attended 90% of the sessions.4e5cf7d4ccb9c59b6620a9c71944d51e

As a Math SI Leader, my main objective is to help you solidify your basis in Mathematics. Believe me when I say Math is an easy subject. All it requires is some attention. How do you get better at anything? Think about that video game you played consistently until you became a pro or that story book series you read repeatedly and can easily relay the story. That is the same way Math is. Practicing will definitely make you perfect. Knowing this, I would like to encourage you to attend lectures and my sessions so we can together build your attitude of practicing Math. In building your foundation, we will tackle “hard to understand” topics.

Remember, you don’t have to be a Math major to “get” Math. Understanding the basics of Math topics will go a long way to shape your thoughts as well. All I require for now is for you to come willing.




I’m sure you all enjoyed the “Oldie but Goodie” part of lecture last Monday. I believe it was a good warm up for the class. Here are some things to keep in mind as we progress through the course.

Expansion of quadratic equations

Expansion of quadratic equations

  Index Laws

Index Laws






Solving Functions

Just as our professor mentioned, the “plug and chug” is always helpful to remember. Another helpful tip is checking your solutions. This way, you can be sure of your solution, and a correct one as that.

Intercepts and Average Rate of Change

Relating slope and intercept to the equation of a line



Composite Functions




Videos and Handouts

I put together a “to know” pdf. This will be very useful for constructing Interval Notations. It has a summary of what functions are generally, and how to differentiate between the different terminologies. Finally, how to test for symmetry with examples. I prepared these notes as a “summary corner” guide especially when revising for quizzes, midterms and exams.

Download (PDF, 150KB)


Intercepts made easy. Please watch the video for better explanation on finding intercepts.


Completing the Squares


Logarithmic Properties


Jokes Corner

Disclamer: You gotta be a “mathy” to get it! If you laugh, then congratulations, you are a nerd!!


Student: Why didn’t the coach trust his team?

Teacher: There were too many sneakers in the locker room.


What did the limestone say to the geologist? Don’t take me for granite!

What did the optimist say when he was jumping off a building? So far so good!


What do you call cheese that’s not yours?

Nacho cheese