Prof. Vladimir Dobrushkin
Department of Mathematics
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Syllabus

Topics in Mathematics Spring 2008 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
Jan 21 Plurality and Runoff Methods 1.1 1 -- 22
Jan 26 Borda's Count 1.2 1 -- 14
Feb 2 Head-to-Head Comparisons 1.3 1 -- 16
Feb 9 Arrow's Impossibility Theorem 1.4 & 1.5 1.4: 1 -- 12, 1.5: 1 -- 7
Feb 16 Review   Exam 1, Feb 20
Feb 23 Hamilton Method 2.1 1 -- 9
Mar 2 Jefferson and Webster Methods 2.2 1 -- 15
Mar 9 Hill-Huntington Method 2.3 1 -- 15
Mar 16-22 Spring Break    
  Last day to drop March 24    
Mar 23 Review   Exam 2: Mar 27
Mar 30 Simple Interest using calculators 3.1 & 3.2 3.1: 1 -- 30; 3.2: 1 -- 26
Apr 6 Compound Interest 3.3 1 -- 36
Apr 13 Systematic Savings / 401K plan 3.4 1 -- 22
Apr 20 Amortized Loan / Mortgage 3.5 1 -- 36
Apr 27 Review and project due Apr 27   Exam 3, Apr 29
May 4 and 6 Final exam   at 8:00am