Syllabus
Math 108 Section 0202 Topics in Mathematics
(Practical Mathematics)
Fall 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:
MWThF 10am –11am or by appointment 
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.
Evaluation/Grade:
Description 
Points 
3 Online quizzes 
50 points each, total 150 points 
9 Homework assignments 
10 points each, total 90 points 
5 Learning Mathematics Short Essays 
18 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: No
across the board curves allowed.
Extra credit points translate into a 0%  2.5% 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 Wednesday
September 7)
ÒFor All Practical
PurposesÓ, 8^{th} edition by COMAP. Publisher W.H. Freeman.
Option 1:
Electronic textbook,
referred to as the ebook. The website for the
electronic textbook, http://ebooks.bfwpub.com/fapp8e.php. The ebook cost $65.95 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 bookstore, W.H. Freeman Website, or
Amazon.com.
Course
Outline:

Date 
Essays/Quizzes 
Chapter 
Homework Problems (Hand in) 
HW Due Date 
1 
Sept. 7 –
Sept. 15 (9 days) 
Classes begin 
Ch. 1 
pp. 2224 4, 6, 8, 18,
26, 28, 30 
Sept. 15 
2 
Sept. 16 – Sept. 26 (11 days) 
Learning Mathematics Short Essay 1 Due Sept. 26 
Ch. 2 
pp. 5463 2, 4, 12,
24, 42, 52, 70 
Sept. 26 
3 
Sept. 27
– Oct. 5 (9 days) 

Ch. 5 
pp. 176179 6, 10, 14, 22, 32 
Oct. 5 
4 
Oct. 6 –
Oct. 17 (12 days) 
Quiz 1 Chapters 1, 2, 5 
Ch. 8 
pp. 275  278 1, 4, 12, 22, 32, 36 
Oct. 17 
5 
Oct. 18 –
Oct. 26 (9 days) 
Learning Mathematics Short Essay 2 Due Oct. 26 
Ch. 9 
pp. 308309 2, 6, 10, 12, 14 
Oct. 26 
6 
Oct. 27 –
Nov. 4
(9 days) 
Learning Mathematics Short Essay 3 Due Nov. 4 
Ch. 16 
pp. 527528 6, 8,
10, 12, 16, 18,
34, 38 
Nov. 4 
7 
Nov. 5 –
Nov. 16 (12 days) 
Quiz 2 Chapters 8, 9, 16 
Ch. 17 
pp. 564566 2, 4, 8, 14, 30, 58 
Nov. 16 
8 
Nov. 17 –
Nov. 30 (14 days) 
Learning Mathematics Short Essay 4 Due Nov. 30 
Ch. 21 
pp. 700704 2, 5, 6, 18, 23, 24, 40, 44 
Nov. 30 
9 
Dec. 1 –
Dec. 12 (12 days) 
Learning
Mathematics Short Essay 5 Due Dec. 12 
Ch. 22 
pp. 725  728 1, 2, 5, 6, 17,
18 
Dec. 12 
10 
Dec. 13 –
Dec. 20 (8 days) 
Quiz 3 Chapters 17,
21, 22 
Learning
Mathematics Short Essays:
There will be
five Learning Mathematics Short Essays this semester on the five parts of the
textbook we are covering.

Textbook Part 
Due Date 
Learning
Mathematics Short Essay 1 
Part I:
Management Science Chapters 1 and
2 
11:55 p.m. Mon.
Sept. 26 
Learning
Mathematics Short Essay 2 
Part II:
Statistics: The Science of Data Chapters 5 and 8 
11:55 p.m. Wed.
Oct. 26 
Learning
Mathematics Short Essay 3 
Part III:
Voting and Social Choice Chapter 9 
11:55 p.m. Fri.
Nov. 4 
Learning
Mathematics Short Essay 4 
Part V: The
Digital Revolution Chapters 16 and
17 
11:55 p.m. Wed.
Nov. 30 
Learning
Mathematics Short Essay 5 
Part VII: Your
Money and Resources Chapters 21 and
22 
11:55 p.m. Mon. Dec. 12 
The first
Learning Mathematics Short Essay will be posted on the first day of class. The
next Learning Mathematics Short Essay will be posted after the due date of the
first essay, i.e. 12:00 am Tuesday Sept. 27. I will continue this process for
the semester. The essays require you to show me that you have an understanding
of the material. You must EXPLAIN in detail what you are doing. You must use
proper grammar when writing your essay and you must use concepts from the
textbook and from other sources. The grading rubric for the essays is given
below. A student that receives 6pts on each criterion would receive a grade of
18pts for that essay.
Learning Mathematics Short Essay Grading
Rubric 

Criteria 
6pts 
3pts 
1pt or 0 pts 
Learning Objective 
Clearly shows the learning objective and
illustrates the concepts. Topic is thoroughly covered. 
Some relation to the learning objective or
concepts. 
Does not relate to the learning objective
or/and does not illustrate the concepts. Show misunderstanding of the
concepts. 
Uses facts/ examples from textbook and
other sources 
Essay clearly shows textbook facts/ examples
and facts/examples from other sources. All facts are correct and all examples
are correct 
Essay has very few textbook facts/examples.
No or little facts/examples from other sources. Some errors in the
facts/examples. 
No textbook facts/examples. No facts/examples from other sources. Major errors in the facts or examples. Shows
a misunderstanding. 
Essay quality 
Wellorganized, well written,
displays original thought, ideas follow and relate to each other in a logical
way. 
Not well written and/or contains a
few grammatical or spelling errors, but shows original thought and ideas
follow and relate to each other in a logical way. 
The essay is too short, shows very
little information, and contains many grammatical or spelling errors. Little
effort made, looks like it was prepared night before or copied from the
Internet. Not well written, ideas do not follow in a logical way. 
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 or 14% of your grade.
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. No makeups allowed. You must post your first posting within the
first three days of my posting. The is suppose to be
interactive.
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, adds additional information, 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. A student with INCORRECT fact in their posting can only
receive a maximum of 1 pt for response to questions. Check your facts! 
Participation 
Postings encourage and facilitate
interaction among members of the online community. Student responds to other
postings. Must post 3 or more times to get 3 pts. 
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. Posting of
ÕÕI agreeÕÕ is not consider a posting. 0
pts if you do not post within the first 3 days of the original posting. 
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! Do not ask to submit late homework.
I suggest using a
word processor (e.g. Microsoft Word or OpenOffice)
for your assignments and then create a pdf file. You
can also scan and upload handwritten assignments or take a digital picture of
your handwritten assignment with a camera or smart phone. 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. Almost all of the problems I am collecting are the even problems. You
must show the work for credit. You should do a similar odd problem to make sure
you understand the homework.
I can only open word, image (jpg or gif) or pdf
files. If I cannot open your file submission, I will allow only ONE
resubmission in a different format. Answers to the homework problems will be
uploaded into Resources folder called Homework Answers. Also, I have included
in Homework Images. Different images you can use to do your homework problems.
Quizzes:
Quizzes will be
given through Sakai on the dates stated above. Quizzes 1 and 2 will be posted
for 12 days. Quiz 1 will be made available at 12 :00 a.m. Thursday October 6 and will be removed
at 11:55 p.m. Monday October 17
and Quiz 2 will be made available at 12 :00 a.m. Saturday November 5 and will be removed at 11:55 p.m. Wednesday
November 16. Quiz 3 will be given during the final exam week and open at 12 :00
a.m. Tuesday December 13 and close at 11:55 p.m. Friday December 16. You will have a maximum of four hours
to complete a quiz. Failure to
take a quiz in the given time slot will be given a zero. No exceptions!
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.
Podcasts,
Video Lectures, and Lecture notes:
I will post Podcasts throughout the semester. The Podcasts
will contain very useful information on the homework problems and topics. I
have created video lectures for all of the chapters. I am also making available
lecture notes via pdf and html.
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.