Prof. Vladimir Dobrushkin
Department of Mathematics
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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, TR 8:00 - 9:15 am Chafee Hall, 244

TEXTBOOK: "Mathematics of Social Choice and Finance'' by Vladimir Dobrushkin, Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2014, ISBN:  978-1-4652-5099-5. 
https://www.kendallhunt.com/dobrushkin/

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.

Office hours:
Every Tuesday and Thursday, after 5pm in my office: 202C Lippitt Hall.

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; please, don't forget 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.
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. Final exam: December 21 at 11:30 am for section 01.

Accomodations:
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. 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.


Civility Policy: .
The University of Rhode Island has adopted a civility policy regarding disruptive classroom behaviors. Disruptive behaviors are defined as behaviors that interfere with the learning and/or teaching process. Disruptive behaviors in the classroom include inappropriate talking during lectures or class discussions or in any manner interfering with other student's ability to have a quality learning experience. Students who engage in disruptive behavior will receive one warning without penalty. Continued incidents of disrupting the class will result in the initiation of removal procedures or the loss of a letter grade. Disruptive behaviors include cell phone and pager use. Cell phones and pagers must be turned off, silent, and out of sight during classes, and you should not be checking for calls or messages during class (including "texting"). Common sense and common courtesy should govern classroom civility.

Grading Incomplete (URI regulations): .

  • 8.53.20. A student shall receive a report of "Incomplete" in any course in which the course work has been passing up until the time of a documented precipitating incident or condition, but has not been completed because of illness or another reason which in the opinion of the instructor justifies the report. An instructor who issues a grade of "Incomplete" shall forward a written explanation to the student's academic dean.
  • 8.53.21. The student receiving "Incomplete" shall make necessary arrangement with the instructor or, in the instructor's absence, with the instructor's chairperson to remove the deficiency. This arrangement shall be made prior to the following midsemester for the undergraduate student and within one calendar year for the graduate student.