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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:  10am-11am 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)

 

 “For All Practical Purposes”, 8th 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 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.

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. 22-24

4, 6, 8, 18, 26, 28, 30

 

Sept. 21

2

Tues.    Sept. 21

Thurs.  Sept. 23

 

Ch. 2

pp. 54-63

2, 4, 12, 24, 42, 52, 70

 

Sept. 28

3

Tues.    Sept. 28 

Thurs.  Sept. 30

 

Ch. 5

pp. 176-179

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. 308-309

2, 6, 10, 12, 14

 

Oct. 28

7

Thurs. Oct.  28

Tues. Nov. 2

 

Ch.  16

pp. 527-528

 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. 564-566

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. 700-704

 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.