Syllabus
Math 108
Practical Mathematics (Topics in Mathematics)
Fall 2009
Online course using Sakai
Contact Information:
Instructor: James Baglama 
Phone: 401.874.4412 
Office: Lippitt Hall 101A 
Email: jbaglama@math.uri.edu 
Office Hours: By appointment only. 
Learning Outcomes:
The course
is designed to help students learn to think clearly, logically, and
analytically, and to understand the importance and practical applications of
math in everyday life, science, and technology.
Course
Description:
The online Math 108, Practical Mathematics, is a special topics
course that satisfies the general education requirement for math at the University of
Rhode Island. The three general educations skills addressed in this class, are reading
complex texts, using quantitative data, and using information
technology. The
content of 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 in part the following topics, Management Science,
Identification Numbers, Transmitting Information and Cryptography, the
Internet, Voting Methods, Data Distributions, and the Mathematics of Money.
Prerequisite for this course is basic high school math.
Course Objectives and Goals:
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, consumer
price index, web searching, home buying, etc. The course intends to help
students think logically and critically about mathematical information that
abounds in our society. We will use the online systems in Sakai. Within Sakai
we will use discussion boards and the exam system as methods to help learn the
topics covered in this course. We
will cover nine chapters of the Practical math textbook over the semester.
Evaluation/Grade:
Description 
Points 

3 Online quizzes 
50 points each, total 150 points 

10 Homework assignments 
10 points each, total 100 points 

3 Writing essays 
30 points each, total 90 points 

Participation (10 discussion groups, i.e. Forums) 
6 points each,
total 60 points 

Extra credit maximum allowed 10 points 
0 to 10 points 


400 total points 

A ³ 360pts 
360pts < B ² 320pts 
320pts < C ² 280pts 
280pts < D ² 240pts 
240pts < F 

+/ grades will not be given
TextBook: (Must have
textbook by Sept. 9)
ÒFor All Practical PurposesÓ, 7^{th}
edition by COMAP. Publisher W.H. Freeman.
There are
two options to obtain the textbook for this course.
Option 1:
Electronic
Textbook, referred to as the ebook. The website for the Electronic Textbook, http://ebooks.bfwpub.com/fapp7e.php. The ebook
cost $61.95 for one year access to the electronic textbook. The instructor's
email address is jbaglama@math.uri.edu
Option 2:
Purchase a
new or used hard copy of the textbook through Amazon.com
http://www.amazon.com/AllPracticalPurposesPaperMathematical/dp/0716769018/ref=ed_oe_p
Course
Outline: (There is much
more material in our text than we could possibly cover
this semester. We will cover nine chapters. Make sure you read these
chapters entirely.)

Date 
Events/Quizzes 
Chapter 
Homework Problems 
HW Due Date 
1 
Sept. 9 
Sept. 20 
Classes
begin 
Ch. 1 
pp. 2527
1, 2, 3,
4, 16, 20, 24 
Sept. 20 
2 
Sept. 21
 Sept. 29 

Ch. 2 
pp. 6469 1, 2, 4, 20, 26, 32, 40 part a only 
Sept. 29 
3 
Sept. 30
 Oct. 9 
Short Writing Essay 1 Due Oct. 9 
Ch. 5 
pp. 210214 1, 5, 6, 11, 12, 15, 19, 20 
Oct. 9 
4 
Oct. 10 
Oct. 20 
Quiz 1 Chapters 1, 2, 5 
Ch. 8 
pp. 326  329 1, 2, 3, 4, 12, 19, 22, 32, 36 
Oct. 20 
5 
Oct. 21 
Oct. 30 

Ch. 9 
pp. 364365 2, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 
Oct. 30 
6 
Oct. 31 
Nov. 10 
Short
Writing Essay 2 Due Nov.
10 
Ch. 16 
pp. 613615 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 18, 22, 36 
Nov. 10 
7 
Nov. 11 
Nov. 20 
Quiz 2 Chapters 8, 9, 16 
Ch. 17 
pp. 654655 2, 3, 8, 10, 20, 34, 46, 60 
Nov. 20 
8 
Nov. 21 
Dec. 1 

Ch. 21 
pp.
825831 2, 3, 5, 13, 14, 17, 18, 30 
Dec. 1 
9 
Dec. 2 
Dec. 11 
Short
Writing Essay 3 Due Dec.
11 
Ch. 22 
pp. 852 
853 1, 3, 4,
15, 16, 43, 44 
Dec. 11 
10 
Dec. 12 
Dec. 19 
Quiz 3 Chapters
17, 21, 22 
Short
Writing Essays:
There will
be three short writing essays for this course. The due dates are Oct. 9, Nov.
10, and Dec. 11 for essay 1, 2, and 3 respectively. Essays will be no more than
one page in length. The assignments must be submitted by the due date and must
be submitted using the Assignments tool in Sakai. DO NOT SUBMIT ASSIGNMENTS VIA
EMAILS OR FAXES! I will not accept them! I suggest using a word processor (e.g.
Microsoft Word or OpenOffice) for your essay submissions. . Essay topics will
be posted in Sakai. Essay 1 topic will be posted on Sept. 2, Essay 2 topic will
be posted on Oct. 10, and Essay 3 topic will be posted on Nov. 11. No late
essays will be accepted. The computer system Sakai does not allow late
submission.
Short
Writing Essay grading rubric 

Full
credit (30pts) 
No
grammatical and spelling mistakes, well organized, well written, material
thoroughly covered, paper stands out from other papers, and display of
original thought 
29pts
– 20 pts 
Most
of the points covered in the full credit, but not as well written 
19pts
– 10pts 
Displays a decent effort, and no
major grammatical or spelling problems 
9pts
– 0pts 
Comprehension
of material not displayed, and/or major grammatical or spelling problems, little
effort made, looks like it was prepared night before 
Forums:
You will be
required to participate in the discussion groups, i.e. Forums. Topics will be
posted as the course progresses. There will be one Forum for each chapter we
cover and one additional Forum. This is considered class participation and
counts for 60 points out of 400 points.
At the end of a discussion I will grade each student. A student that
receives a 3 on each criterion would receive a grade of 6 for that discussion.
Forums grading rubric 

Criteria 
3 
1 
0 
Responses to questions 
Student responds to the posted questions
with thoughtful ideas, uses concepts in the text, and post in a timely manner. 
Student responds to the posted question in a
way that does not clearly use the concepts in the text. 
Student responds to the posted question but
misses the main idea. 
Participation 
Postings encourage and facilitate interaction
among members of the online community. Student responds to other postings. 
Postings rarely interact with or respond to
other members of the online community. Not actively engaged in the discussion. 
Postings respond to questions posed by the
instructor only. Students rarely post to the discussion boards. 
Homework:
All
homework has been assigned with a due date. The assignments must be submitted
by the due date using the Assignments tool in Sakai. DO NOT SUBMIT ASSIGNMENTS
VIA EMAILS OR FAXES! I will not accept them! I suggest using a word processor
(e.g. Microsoft Word or OpenOffice) for your assignments. You can also scan and
upload handwritten assignments. The computer system Sakai does not allow late
submission.
Quizzes:
Quizzes
will be given through Sakai on the dates stated above. Quizzes will be posted
for one week and will be timed. For example, Quiz 1 will be made available on 12 :00 a.m. Saturday Oct.
10 and will be removed on 11:55 p.m.
Saturday Oct. 17 and you will have a maximum of four hours to complete
the quiz. Failure to take the quiz
in the given time slot will be given a zero. No exceptions!
Academic
Integrity:
Cheating is defined in the University
Manual section 8.27.10 as the
claiming of credit for work not done independently without giving credit for
aid received, or any unauthorized communication during examinations. Students are expected to be honest in
all academic work. The resolution
of any charge of cheating or plagiarism will follow the guideline set forth in
the University Manual 8.27.108.27.20,
http://www.uri.edu/facsen/8.208.27.html. Online exams must be done
independently. Suspicious scores may require additional explanation via email
or phone and/or a face to face on campus examination.
Sakai:
Sakai is being used to teach this
course. That means you must become familiar with using Sakai. All of the course
material can only be accessed through the Sakai course shell. All assignments
MUST be submitted through Sakai using the Assignments tool. You can access
Sakai at the following web address: https://sakai.uri.edu/portal/ Use your ecampus id or your 9digit
URI student number and your @mail.uri.edu email password. When you log into
Sakai you will see the tap labeled 2099MTH1080202: Topics in Mathematics.
Click on the tab.