MTH108 (Topics in Mathematics)

Vladimir A. Dobrushkin,Lippitt Hall 202C, 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 Voting Methods, Apportionment Problems, and the Mathematics of Everyday Finance.

**MTH108, section 01, MWF 11:00 - 11:50 am Washburn Hall, 309
MTH108, section 02, MWF 12:00 - 12:50 am Ballentine Hall, 111 **

**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.

__Calculators:__

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; sure to bring your calculator to each class.

__Attendance:__

Because of the high level of knowledge that will be imparted and assessed during class time, attendance is highly recommended.

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.

**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.