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Syllabus
Math 108 Practical Mathematics (Topics in Mathematics) Fall 2010
Contact/Class Information:
Instructor: James Baglama 
Phone: 401.874.4412 
Office: Lippitt Hall 101A 
Email: jbaglama@math.uri.edu 
Office Hours: 10am11am MWTH or 1:30pm 2:00pm TTh 

Class time: TTh 2:00 pm 3:15 pm 
Location: Lippitt Hall 204 
Learning Outcomes:
The course
is designed to help students learn to think logically and analytically, and to
understand the importance and practical applications of math in everyday life,
science, and technology.
Course
Description:
The 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. The course intends
to help students think logically and critically about mathematical information
that abounds in our society.
Evaluation/Grade:
Description 
Points 
3
Exams 
50
points each, total 150 points 
9
Homework assignments 
10
points each, total 90 points 
3
Short Writing essays 
30
points each, total 90 points 
Class
Participation (group work) 
total 54 points 
Extra
credit maximum allowed 10 points 
0 to 10 points 

384 total points 
A (92%  100%) 
A (90%  91%) 
B+ (87%  89%) 
B (82%  86%) 
B (80%  81%) 
C+ (77%  79%) 
C (72%  76%) 
C (70%  71%) 
D+ (67%  69%) 
D (60%  66%) 
F (0%  59%) 
Compute Grade > (your total
points)/384 * 100 = your percentage 
TextBook: (Must have textbook by September 8)
ÒFor All Practical PurposesÓ, 8^{th}
edition by COMAP. Publisher W.H. Freeman.
There are several 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/fapp8e.php. The ebook
cost $60.95 for oneyear 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.
Kingston book store, W.H. Freeman Website, or Amazon.com.
Course Outline:

Date 
Events 
Chapter 
Homework Problems to Hand in 
HW Due Date 
1 
Tues. Sept. 9 Tues. Sept. 14 Thurs.
Sept. 16 
Introduction Classes begin 
Ch. 1 
pp. 2224 4, 6, 8, 18, 26, 28, 30 
Sept. 21 
2 
Tues. Sept. 21 Thurs. Sept. 23 

Ch. 2 
pp. 5463 2, 4, 12, 24, 42, 52, 70 
Sept. 28 
3 
Tues. Sept. 28
Thurs. Sept. 30 

Ch. 5 
pp. 176179 6, 10, 14, 22, 32 
Oct. 5 
4 
Tues. Oct. 5 
Review
for Exam 1 and Short
Writing Essay 1
Due Oct. 5 

Thurs.
Oct. 7 
Exam 1 on Chapters 1, 2, and 5 

5 
Tues.
Oct. 12 Thurs.
Oct. 14 Tues.
Oct. 19 
No
class on Oct. 12 
Ch. 8 
pp. 275  278 1, 4, 12, 22, 32, 36 
Oct. 21 
6 
Thurs.
Oct. 21 Tues. Oct. 26 

Ch. 9 
pp. 308309 2, 6, 10, 12, 14 
Oct. 28 
7 
Thurs.
Oct. 28 Tues.
Nov. 2 

Ch. 16 
pp. 527528 6, 8, 10, 12, 16, 18, 34, 38 
Nov. 4 
8 
Thurs.
Nov. 4 
Review for Exam 2 and Short Writing Essay 2 Due Nov. 4 

Tues.
Nov. 9 
Exam 2 on Chapters 8, 9, 16 

9 
Thurs. Nov. 11 Tues. Nov. 16 Thurs. Nov. 18 
No
class on Nov. 11 Class
will NOT be held on Wed. Nov. 10 
Ch. 17 
pp. 564566 2, 4, 8, 14, 30, 58 
Nov. 23 
10 
Tues. Nov. 23 Thurs.
Nov. 25 Tues. Nov. 30 
No class on Nov. 25 
Ch. 21 
pp. 700704 2, 5, 6, 18, 23, 24, 40, 44 
Dec. 2 
11 
Thurs.
Dec. 2 Tues.
Dec. 7 

Ch. 22 
pp. 725  728 1, 2, 5, 6, 17, 18 
Dec. 9 
12 
Thurs. Dec. 9 
Review
for Exam 3 and Short
Writing Essay 3 Due Dec. 9 

Tues. Dec. 21 11:30am – 2:30pm 
Exam 3 on Chapters 17, 21, 22 
Short Writing
Essays:
There will be three short writing
essays for this course. The due dates are Oct. 5, Nov. 4, and Dec. 9 for essay
1, 2, and 3 respectively. Essays must be at least one page in length and no
more than two pages (double space, 1in margin). 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 OR IN CLASS! 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. 8, Essay 2 topic will
be posted on Oct. 6, and Essay 3 topic will be posted on Nov. 5. No late essays
will be accepted. The computer system Sakai does not allow late submission.
Short Writing Essay grading
rubric 

Full credit 30pts (6 out of 6) 
No major
grammatical and spelling mistakes, (1) well organized, (2) well written, (3)
material thoroughly covered, (4) display original thought, (5) ideas follow and relate to each
other in a logical way, and (6) uses examples or concepts from the textbook. 
25pts (5 out of 6) 20pts (4 out of 6) 
Most of
the points (1) – (6) covered in the full credit, but not as well
written and/or contains a few major grammatical/spelling errors. 
15pts (3 out of 6) 10pts (2 out of 6) 
Displays a decent effort, but misses most of the points
(1) – (6) covered and/or contains major grammatical/spelling
errors. 
9pts – 0pts 
Comprehension
of material not displayed, and/or major grammatical or spelling problems, little effort
made, looks like it was prepared night before or copied from the Internet. 
Homework:
Homework assignments must be
submitted by the due date. DO NOT SUBMIT ASSIGNMENTS VIA EMAIL! Homework must
be handed in at the start of class (no later than 2:05 pm). Homework handed in
at the end of class is considered late. I will not accept late homework. DO NOT
ASK IF I WILL ACCEPT HOMEWORK LATE.
THERE ARE NO EXCUSES FOR LATE HOMEWORK. All assignments must have your
full name and the problems assigned in order. I will not accept messy homework.
Do not fold over corners to attach sheets of paper, use a stapler. I will
return all messy homework ungraded, i.e. grade of zero.
I will not accept homework without
worked out problems. Homework assignments with answers only will be given a
zero. I will also give zero points
to individual homework problems with no work to support the answer. Almost all
of the problems I am collecting are the even problems. You must show the work
for full credit. You should do a similar odd problem to make sure you
understand the homework.
Exams:
Exams will be given on the
following dates: Exam 1 Thursday
Oct. 7, Exam 2 on Tues. Nov. 9 and Exam 3 on Tues. Dec. 21. Exam 1 will cover chapters 1, 2, and 5,
Exam 2 will cover chapters 8, 9, and 16, and Exam 3 will cover chapters 17, 21,
and 22. No makeup for exams will
be given unless you have a University sanctioned excuse. Do not call or email
the day of or the day before the exam with an excuse I am sick. You will be
given a zero for the exam.
Sakai:
Sakai is being used in part to teach
this course. That means you must become familiar with using Sakai. Some of the
course material can only be accessed through the Sakai course shell.