This website is the syllabus for this course.

Course Outline

Date Event Chapter 9th ed. Homework Problems
(Hand in)
Due Date
May 20 - May 24
(5 days)
Quiz 1 Chapter 1 pp. 25 - 29
4, 8, 14abc, 30, 34, 40
May 24
May 25 - May 30
(6 days)
Quiz 2
Video Chat
Chapter 2 pp. 62 - 71
4, 7, 12, 26, 34, 46a, 55, 74
May 30
May 31 - June 5
(6 days)
Quiz 3
Chapter 5 pp. 199 - 203
6, 10, 14, 24, 34
June 5
June 6 - June 11
(6 days)
Quiz 4
Chapter 9 pp. 350 - 352
2, 9, 10, 14, 16
June 11
June 12 - June 16
(5 days)
Quiz 5 Chapter 16 pp. 595 - 596
4, 8, 12, 18, 21, 33, 37
June 16
June 17 - June 21
(5 days)
Quiz 6
Chapter 21 pp. 794 - 800
3, 11, 12, 24, 56
June 21

Evaluation/Grade (Sakai-> Gradebook)

Description Points
6 Online
20 points each, total 120 points
6 Homework
20 points each, total 120 points
3 Learning Mathematics
Assignments (LMA)
20 points each, total 60 points
(6 discussion groups, i.e. Forums)
10 points each, total 60 points
  360 Total Points

A (100% - 92%) A- (91% - 90%) B+ (89% - 87%) B (86% - 82%) B- (81% - 80%)
C+ (79% - 77%) C (76% - 72%) C- (71% - 70%) D+ (69% - 67%) D (66% - 60%)
F (59% - 0%) Compute Grade: (your total points)/380 * 100 = your percentage
Remark: No across the board curves allowed. No extra credit.
Remark: Incompletes can only be given if you are passing the course.

Quizzes (Sakai-> Tests & Quizzes)

Quizzes will be given through Sakai. There are 6 quizzes (one for each chapter). Each quiz will have 10 questions. The quiz for that chapter will only be available during the time we are covering the chapter. You will have a maximum of two hours to complete a quiz. You will be allow two tries per quiz. The computer will only accept the last score. If you are happy with your score on the first try, do not try again. I cannot change your grade back. Failure to take a quiz in the given time slot will be given a zero. No exceptions!
Quiz 1
(Chapter 1)
Available: 12:00 am May 20 - 11:55pm May 24
Quiz 2
(Chapter 2)
Available: 12:00 am May 25 - 11:55pm May 30
Quiz 3
(Chapter 5)
Available: 12:00 am May 31 - 11:55pm June 5
Quiz 4
(Chapter 9)
Available: 12:00 am June 6 - 11:55pm June 11
Quiz 5
(Chapter 16)
Available: 12:00 am June 12 - 11:55pm June 16
Quiz 6
(Chapter 21)
Available: 12:00 am June 17 - 11:55pm June 21

Homework (Sakai-> Assignments)

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 only acceptable file formats for homework submissions: (picture)jpg, gif, tiff, pdf and (document) html, doc, odt, pdf. I prefer all homework assignments to be submitted as PDF files. If I cannot open your file submission, I will allow only ONE resubmission in a different format. I will not accept homework without worked out problems. Homework assignments with answers only will be given a zero. You must show the work for credit. You should do a similar odd problem to make sure you understand the homework. Answers to the homework problems will be uploaded into Resources folder called Homework Answers. Also, I have included in the file Homework Images in the Resource folder. Different images you can use to do your homework problems.

Learning Mathematics Assignments (LMA) (Sakai-> Assignments)

There will be three Learning Mathematics Assignments (short essays) this semester. The assignments have been created so that you can show me that you have an understanding of the material. You must use concepts from the textbook and from other sources. The grading rubric is given below. A student that receives 10pts on each criterion would receive a grade of 20pts.
Learning Mathematics Assignment Grading Rubric
Criteria 10pts 5pts 1pt or 0 pts
Topic is thoroughly covered. You clearly show some facts or examples and all facts and examples are correct. Some missing concepts. Very few facts/examples. Some errors in the facts/examples. Does not illustrate the concepts and/or shows misunderstanding of the concepts. No facts/examples. Major errors in the facts/examples.
Quality of
Well-organized, well written (essay), 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 (essay). 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 shows very little effort. (Essay) contains many grammatical or spelling errors. Info copied from the Internet. Ideas do not follow in a logical way.
Learning Mathematics
Assignment (LMA) 1
Due: 11:55pm June 5
Learning Mathematics
Assignment (LMA) 2
Due: 11:55pm June 11
Learning Mathematics
Assignment (LMA) 3
Due: 11:55pm June 21

Participation (Discussion groups, i.e. Forums) (Sakai-> 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 60 points out of 360 points or 17% of your grade. At the end of a discussion I will grade each student. A student that receives 5pts on each criterion would receive a grade of 10pts for that discussion. No make-ups allowed. This is suppose to be interactive and you will lose points for not posting in a timely matter (see rubric below).

Forums Grading Rubric
Criteria 5pts 3pts 1pt or 0 pts
Responses to
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 5 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 ’’I agree’’ is not consider a posting. I will subtract 2pts for each day after the first that student does not post their first posting.

James Baglama

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For All Practical Purposes

The required textbook, "For All Practical Purposes", 9th edition by COMAP, Publisher W.H. Freeman. Do NOT use an older edition. All students must have either a phyiscal copy of the textbook or an ebook.Click on the textbook above to go to the ebook.

For All Practical Purposes Campanion Site

The required textbook, The textbook "For All Practical Purposes", 9th edition by COMAP,Publisher W.H. Freeman has a campanion website. The campanion website contains a lot helpful material,e.g. Java Applets, falshcards, practice quizzes. The site can be accessed via the link Campanion or click on the picture above to go to the campanion website.

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, the Internet, Voting Methods, and the Mathematics of Money. Prerequisite for this course is basic high school math.

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 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.

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 8.27.10-8.27.20, 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.