The Slide Rule Math Help Center 

“The shortest path between any two Mines majors goes through mathematics.” 

 – South Dakota Mines President Jim Rankin 

Mathematics is a cornerstone discipline in almost every branch of engineering, science, and technology, so it is not surprising that Hardrockers have to take a lot of math classes to earn their degrees. The new Slide Rule Math Help Center has been created to help Hardrockers succeed in math! 

Staffed by mathematics faculty and student tutors, the Slide Rule is a joint venture by the Student Success Center and the Department of Mathematics. It’s a drop-in math help center where students in Precalculus, Trigonometry, and Calculus I and II can come to work on their homework and get help with their mathematics.  As the old saying goes, “the only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics,” and the Slide Rule is a place where you can do both! 

There is no fee for these services, and no appointment is necessary, so stop on by.  It’s a great place to meet math study groups, create relationships with Mines faculty, and get some mathematical moral support.  We’re looking forward to helping you succeed at math so you can succeed at Mines! 

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Download the Spring 2022 Slide Rule schedule

Our Space 

The Slide Rule is currently located in the Mineral Industries Building, at the top of the central staircase in Room 320. We’re open Mondays through Fridays from 10 am until 4 pm. Drop-in tutoring after 4 pm is provided by the Student Success Center, located in the Surbeck Center.

Slide Rule Location in Mineral Industries Building

The Slide Rule will be moving to a newly renovated space in the Devereaux Library in Fall 2022.


Tutoring Schedule

Become a Tutor


Jeffrey Winter
Slide Rule Coordinator

Lisa Carlson
Student Success Center Director