Prof. Vladimir Dobrushkin
Department of Mathematics

MTH106 (Mathematics of Social Choice and Finance)

Vladimir A. Dobrushkin,Lippitt Hall 202C, 874-5095,

Math 106 is a special topics course that satisfies the general education requirement for math at the University of Rhode Island. The three general educations skills addressed in this class are reading complex texts, using quantitative data, and utilizing information technology. The content is intended for students majoring in the liberal arts or other fields that do not have a specific mathematical requirement. The prerequisite is a basic high school algebra background. MTH106 covers Mathematics of Social Science and Everyday Finance.

MTH106, section 01, TR 9:30 - 10:45 pm Morrill Hall, 215

TEXTBOOK: "Mathematics of Social Choice and Finance'' by Vladimir Dobrushkin, Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2010, ISBN:  978-0-7575-7800-7. 

Course Objectives and Goals:
This course shows that mathematics is a very practical discipline and it is fun, sometimes surprising. It is accessible to students without a strong algebra background. You will have an opportunity to review Basic Math Skills. To better appreciate the variety of subjects within mathematics, you will be introduced to some exciting ideas in mathematics that come from a wide variety of disciplines along with real world applications such as voting schemes, apportionment problems, and everyday finance. The course intends to help students think logically and critically about mathematical information that abounds in our society.

A calculator (with memory, such as TI-83) is required. Technology will play an important role in this course and we will make extensive use of calculators; please, don't forget to bring your calculator to each class.

Because of the high level of knowledge that will be imparted and assessed during class time, attendance is highly recommended.
Students not attending courses in which they enrolled have the obligation to drop those courses before the drop deadline. Names of students who are absent from the first and second class meetings of a course and who do not notify the course instructor of their intention to attend future class meetings will be submitted to the Office of Enrollment Services for deletion from the class roster. Students who expect to be absent from classes or examinations for University sanctioned events shall discuss this with the instructor at least one week in advance of the sanctioned event(s).

Make-up Exams:

Makeup exams will only be given to students with an acceptable excuse. The only acceptable excuses: religious holy day, family emergency, school sponsored event, job interviews, or sickness. All absences require documentation. For example, sickness, a doctor's excuse. You must let me know before the exam that you will not be able to take the exam in order to be given a makeup exam. All other absences will be given a zero for that exam. No exceptions! Makeup exams will be given at a time that is convenient for both you and me.

Students who require accommodations and who have documentation from Disability Services (874-2098) should make arrangements with me as soon as possible. As a part of this process, please be in touch with Disability Services for Students Office at 330 Memorial Union.

Weather phone number:  (401) 874-snow or 874-7669.


Help With Your studies and homework:
Tutors are available at both the Providence and Kingston campuses. Walk-in tutoring for math is located in Lippitt Hall. There is a no appointment needed in the Lippitt Hall tutoring center. It is a place where you can work with tutors and other students in this and other math courses. Support is provided for all math courses up to MTH 244. Be sure to bring your book, notes, and questions with you. The tutoring center is a great place to study with classmates and friends, prep for exams, and review the material covered in lecture. Check with them for specific hours. Also, you can make individual appointments with me. For this, contact me by phone, e-mail, or ask me during class. I may help you with questions during office hours, or at other times by appointment. Also, I will try to answer questions sent by electronic mail as promptly as possible. Students who require accommodations and who have documentation from Disability Services (874-2098) should make arrangements with me as soon as possible.

The nation is experiencing widespread influenza-like illness. If any of us develop flu-like symptoms, we are being advised to stay home until the fever has subsided for 24 hours. So, if you exhibit such symptoms, please do not come to class. Notify me your instructor of your status, and we will communicate through the medium we have established for the class. We will work together to ensure that course instruction and work is completed for the semester.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have posted simple methods to avoid transmission of illness. These include: covering your mouth and nose with tissue when coughing or sneezing; frequent washing or sanitizing your hands; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; and staying home when you are sick. For more information please view or . URI Health Services web page, , will carry advice and local updates.