__Instructor:____ __

Dr. James Baglama

__Office/Contact Information:__

**Office:** Tyler Hall 209

**Phone:** 401-874-4412

**Fax:** 401-874-4454

**E-Mail:** jbaglama@math.uri.edu

**Course Web Page:**
http://www.math.uri.edu/~jbaglama/classes/2003-2004/summer/math108

**Office hours:** 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm MW or by appointment.

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. This course covers Elements of Operations Research, Identification Numbers, Transmitting Information and Cryptography, the Internet, Voting Methods, Apportionment Problems, the Mathematics of Money.

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. We will use reading, writing, discussion, and world-wide web assignments as methods of learning the topics covered in this course. During class time, topics will be presented, examples given and then you will be given the opportunity to work examples on your own.

Tutors are available at both the providence and kingston campuses. Check with them for specific hours. Also, you can make individual appointments with me.

Exam 1 | Chapters 1, 2, 3 | Monday June 7 | 100 pts |

Exam 2 | Chapters 9, 10 | Wednesday June 16 | 100 pts |

Exam 3 | Chapters 11, 12 | Wednesday June 23 | 100 pts |

Homework | 7 Assignments | 70 pts | |

Web Projects | 3 Assignments | 30 pts | |

Total Points | 400 pts |

Homework will be assigned after each chapter. Each day we will spend time going over homework problems. You are responsible for all problems assigned, see Course Calendar for a list of problems associated with each chapter. I will collect and grade selected problems which are posted on the Course Calendar web page in red.

Homework must be stapled, have your name, list of problems, and
chapter number. Include only the problems that are to be handed in and
only write on one side of the paper. I will not grade any homework that you
hand in that does not follow these rules.
I will not accept messy homework. I will not accept any late homework. Homework must
be handed in at the beginning of class. Also, a grade
of zero will be assigned to incomplete
homework assignments.

I will use e-mail to send you world wide web assignments. These will consist of the names of web sites. You are to visit these sites and respond to my e-mail with your comments. If you are unfamiliar with "surfing the web", visit a computer lab and ask for help.

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

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 notified me of any religious holy days within the first 2 weeks of the semester. 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.

Research has shown that the learning process is greatly enhanced when students help each other. On the other hand, I do not want you to find the best student in the class and simply copy off of him/her. If you are having trouble, please don't hesitate to come and see me right away. If you are having trouble and don't take care of it, your problems will only get worse. I can assure you of this.

Any student who, because of a disability, may require some special arrangements in order to meet course requirements should contact me as soon as possible to make necessary accommodations.