Math Tutorial Lab


Outside sign of Math Tutorial LabThe Mathematics Tutorial Laboratory is a place for students to get assistance studying for their math classes. Its primary function is to provide students with the opportunity to receive one-on-one help from tutors ready and able to answer questions; the Math Tutorial Lab gets over 10,000 student visits each semester.

Location: 125 MacLean Hall
Phone: (319) 335-0810

Fall 2018 Hours:

August 20 to August 24
Monday -- Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

August 26 to December 7
Sunday: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Monday -- Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. AND 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Exam Week: December 10 to December 14.
Exam week hours will be posted later in the semester.

NOTE: The Math Tutorial Lab will be closed Sunday, September 2 and Monday, September 3 for Labor Day.
The Math Tutorial Lab will be closed November 17 through November 25 for Thanksgiving Break.

Beginning of the Fall Semester Review Sessions

If you are taking a pre-calculus or calculus course and want to brush up on some algebra or trig skills, please consider attending one of the review sessions below.  All sessions will be led by a math graduate student and will be held in the Math Tutorial Lab, 125 MacLean Hall.  If you are unable to attend, please visit the Special Sessions page for notes and sample problems from previous semesters.

Factoring & Solving Quadratic Equations

  • Tuesday, August 28, 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 5, 10:30 to 11:20 a.m.

Simplifying Expressions
This session will cover when and how to combine like terms.  This session will also review laws of exponents, roots, exponentials and logarithms.

  • Wednesday, August 29, 12:30 p.m. to 1:20 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 6, 2:30 to 3:20 p.m.

Fractions Review
This session will review how to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions.  It will also review how to add and multiply rational expressions (fractions where the numerators and denominators are polynomials).

  • Thursday, August 30, 1:30 p.m. to 2:20 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 6, 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

Functions Review
This session will review the definition of a function, the vertical line test, the domain and range of a function, and function composition.  Examples included in the session will focus on how to determine whether a relation is a function and how to find the domain and range of a given function.

  • Wednesday, August 29, 2:30 p.m. to 3:20 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 4, 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

Trigonometry Review
This session will give an overview of the six basic trigonometric functions and how these trigonometric functions are defined in terms of a right triangle.  The session will also discuss how to convert an angle from degrees to radians and how to use the unit circle to find sine, cosine and tangent of an angle.  A brief introduction to graphs of trigonometric functions will also be covered.

  • Thursday, August 30, 10:30 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.
  • Wednesday, September 5, 1:30 p.m. to 2:20 p.m.



Q: Who can come to the Math Lab?
A: Students taking any of the courses listed here.

Q: Who works at the Math Lab?
A: Tutors are mathematics graduate teaching assistants and undergraduate math majors.

Q: What else can you get at the Math Lab?
A: The Math Tutorial Lab has 36 computers for you to use to complete your computer or online assignments.  There are also reference sheets and practice exercises on a variety of topics covered in math courses.

Q: Where can I find my TA?
A: The Tutor Schedule shows who is working in the Math Tutorial Lab.  The Mathematics Department Directory lists all instructors (faculty and TA's), their offices and their email addresses.