MTH108 (Topics in Mathematics)

Vladimir A. Dobrushkin,Tyler 207, 874-5095,dobrush@math.uri.edu

Math 108 is a special topics course that satisfies the general education requirement for math at the University of Rhode Island. The content of the course varies from section to section and semester to semester and the course 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. MTH108 covers Elements of Operations Research, Identification Numbers, Transmitting Information and Cryptography, the Internet, Voting Methods, Apportionment Problems, the Mathematics of Money.

**MTH108, section 02, MWF 11:00 - 11:50 am Washburn Hall, 220;
section 03, MWF 12:00 - 12:50 Wales Hall, 226 **

**TEXTBOOK:** "Mathematics beyond the Numbers" by George T. Gilbert and Rhonda L. Hatcher, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2003, ISBN: 0 471 13934-3 (hardcover).

**Course Objectives and Goals:**

In this section of this course, you will have the 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, etc. The course intends to help students think logically and critically about mathematical information that abounds in our society.

**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. 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.