Syllabus
Math 108
Practical Mathematics (Topics in Mathematics)
Spring 2011
Online course using Sakai
Contact Information:
Instructor: James Baglama 
Phone: 401.874.4412 
Office: Lippitt Hall 101A 
Email: jbaglama@math.uri.edu 
Office Hours: 11am12pm
MTWThF 
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 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. The course intends to help students think logically and
critically about mathematical information that abounds in our society.
Evaluation/Grade:
Description 
Points 
3 Online quizzes 
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 
Participation (9 discussion groups, i.e.
Forums) 
6 points each, 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 

Remark:
Incompletes can only be given if you are passing the course. Remark:
No across the board curves allowed.
Extra credit points translate into a 0%  2.6% curve in your favor.
Everyone will have an opportunity for extra credit points. These (extra
credit points) will not be given, but earned by you and will be applied
individually. 
TextBook: (Must have
textbook by Jan. 24)
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 $70.95 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/Quizzes 
Chapter 
Homework Problems to Hand in 
HW Due Date 
1 
Jan. 24
– Feb. 4 
Classes
begin 
Ch. 1 
pp. 2224
4, 6, 8,
18, 26, 28, 30 
Feb. 4 
2 
Feb. 5
– Feb. 14 

Ch. 2 
pp. 5463 2, 4, 12, 24, 42, 52, 70 
Feb. 14 
3 
Feb.
15 – Feb. 24 
Short Writing Essay 1 Due Feb. 24 
Ch. 5 
pp. 176179 6, 10, 14, 22, 32 
Feb. 24 
4 
Feb.
25 – Mar. 6 
Quiz 1 Chapters 1, 2, 5 
Ch. 8 
pp. 275  278 1, 4, 12, 22, 32, 36 
Mar. 6 
5 
Mar. 7
– Mar. 16 

Ch. 9 
pp. 308309 2, 6, 10, 12, 14 
Mar. 16 
6 
Mar. 17
– Apr. 2 
Short
Writing Essay 2 Due Apr.
2 
Ch. 16 
pp. 527528 6, 8, 10, 12, 16, 18, 34, 38 
Apr. 2 
7 
Apr. 3
– Apr. 12 
Quiz 2 Chapters 8, 9, 16 
Ch. 17 
pp. 564566 2, 4, 8, 14, 30, 58 
Apr. 12 
8 
Apr. 13
– Apr. 22 

Ch. 21 
pp.
700704 2, 5, 6, 18, 23, 24, 40, 44 
Apr. 22 
9 
Apr. 23
– May 2 
Short
Writing Essay 3 Due May 2 
Ch. 22 
pp. 725 
728 1, 2, 5,
6, 17, 18 
May 2 
10 
May 3
– May 13 
Quiz 3 Chapters
17, 21, 22 
REMARK: Almost all of the
problems I am collecting are the even problems. You must show all work for full
credit. Homework with answers only will be given a zero and sent back ungraded.
You should do a similar odd problem to make sure you understand the homework.
You are responsible for understanding the homework problems. I will grade the
problems and send back a pdf file with the answers to the even problems. If you
need more explanation send me an email.
Short
Writing Essays:
There will
be three short writing essays for this course. The due dates are Feb. 24, Apr.
2, and May 2 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! 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 Jan. 24, Essay 2 topic will be posted on Feb.
25, and Essay 3 topic will be posted on Apr. 3. 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) topic thoroughly covered, (4) displays 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, or an
incorrect statement. 20 points maximum grade if essay contains an incorrect
statement and/or contains little information. 
15pts (3
out of 6) 10pts (2
out of 6) 
Displays little effort and misses
most of the points (1) – (6) covered. The essay is too short, contains
very little information, contains more than one incorrect statement, and/or
contains major grammatical/spelling errors. 15 points maximum grade if essay
contains incorrect statements and/or is too short. 
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. 
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. This is considered class participation and counts for 54 points out of
384 points. At the end of a
discussion I will grade each student. A student that receives 3pts on each
criterion would receive a grade of 6pts for that discussion.
Forums grading rubric 

Criteria 
3pts 
2pts 
1pt or 0 pts 
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:
Homework
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. 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.
Quizzes:
Quizzes
will be given through Sakai on the dates stated above. Quizzes will be posted
for 10 days and will be timed. For example, Quiz 1 will be made available on 12
:00 a.m. Friday Feb. 25 and will be removed on 11:55 p.m. Sunday Mar. 6 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! No makeups!
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 and your URI
Webmail password (generally not your ecampus password). When you log into Sakai
you will see the tap labeled Topics in Mathematics. Click on the tab. If you
have many tabs, you might need to click on more to show the fall semester tabs.
See the Help Desk on how to remove last semester tabs.