Prof. Vladimir Dobrushkin
Department of Mathematics
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Syllabus

Topics in Mathematics Fall 2009 MTH108

The following calendar gives a timetable for the course. Your class may be slightly behind or ahead at any given time.

Below the calendar is a list of sections in the textbook "For All Practical PurposesMathematics Beyond the Numbers" by George T. Gilbert and Rhonda L. Hatcher.

Some of these may be done in class, others as homework. You should attempt them all. (Note: In the problem lists, a notation like 3-9 means that all the problems 3,4,5,6,7,8,9 are assigned.)

 Week  Events  Section  Problems
Sep 7 Plurality and Runoff Methods 1.1 1 -- 22
Sep 14 Borda's Count 1.2 1 -- 14
Sep 21 Head-to-Head Comparisons 1.3 1 -- 16
Sep 28 Arrow's Impossibility Theorem 1.4 & 1.5 1.4: 1 -- 12, 1.5: 1 -- 7
Oct 5 Review   Exam 1
Oct 12 Hamilton Method 2.1 1 -- 9
Oct 19 Jefferson and Webster Methods 2.2 1 -- 15
Oct 26 Hill-Huntington Method 2.3 1 -- 15
Nov 2      
  Last day to drop Nov 2    
Nov 9 Review   Exam 2:
Nov 16 Simple Interest using calculators 3.1 & 3.2 3.1: 1 -- 30; 3.2: 1 -- 26
Nov 23 Compound Interest 3.3 1 -- 36
Nov 30 Systematic Savings / 401K plan 3.4 1 -- 22
Dec 7 Amortized Loan / Mortgage 3.5 1 -- 36
Dec 14 Review and project due Apr 27   Exam 3
Dec 16 and 18 Final exam   at 11:30 am and 8:00 am