MTH108 (Topics in Mathematics)

Vladimir A. Dobrushkin,LIppitt Hall 202C, 874-5095,dobrush@math.uri.edu

This course introduces the spirit of mathematics and its applications to students whose major is in the liberal arts or other fields that do not have a specific mathematical requirement. MTH108 satisfies the general education requirement for mathematics at the University of Rhode Island. The content of the course includes voting methods, apportionment problems, fair division, and the mathematics of money.

**Prerequisites**: a basic high school algebra background. A calculator (with memory) is required---a student should be able to perform all basic arithmetic operations including logarithm.

**MTH108, section 02, MWF 11:00 - 11:50 am Gilbreth Hall, 101;
section 03, MWF 12:00 - 12:50 am Rodman Hall, 001/109 **

**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.

**Honesty behavior**: it is expected that every student will behave properly in class according to the URI policy. Attendance is mandatory and a student must notify and provide the proof of his/her absent. Missing 3 classes in a row without instructor's notification may result in grade F. Disruptive behavior in class gets zero tolerance.

**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.