MTH 107 Introduction to Finite Mathematics - Sections 09 and 11 - Fall 2008

Instructor Orlando Merino,, 874-4442, Tyler Hall 222; TAs: Chris Lynd and Chad Griep.
  • Section 11: MWF 8 a.m., Rodman Hall 002
  • Section 09: MWF 9 a.m., Bliss Hall 206
Text Mathematics, a Practical Odyssey, by Johnson and Mowry.
Prereq. None.
Topics We will study chapters 1-4: Logic, Sets and Counting, Probability, Statistics.
Exams There are FIVE examinations, plus the FINAL EXAM. The dates of the tests are the following:
  • Exam 1 (Sections 1.1 through 1.5): date TBA
  • Exam 2 (Sections 2.1 through 2.4): date TBA
  • Exam 3 (Sections 3.1 through 3.7): date TBA
  • Exam 4 (Sections 4.1 through 4.5): date TBA
  • Exam 5: Web based - to be completed in parts throughout the semester
All exams are closed book, closed notes. No cell phones or other electronic devices (except a calculator) are allowed during exams. Your own calculator is required on exams--no sharing of calculators is allowed.

The fifth exam is “online”, and given gradually throughout the semester. Each section of each chapter has a set of 5-15 multiple-choice problems assigned for you to do on the web. They are due before each chapter exam. There is a 10% penalty for late submissions. They are graded immediately on the basis of 100%, and your semester average on these problems counts as the grade for the fifth exam. You have two tries for each set, and the best try counts as your score for that set. To sign up to take these exams you will need to go to the URL . Further instructions will be given in class. You need to disable all of your pop-up blockers. Internet Explorer: ‘Tools’—‘Internet options’—‘privacy’—uncheck ‘popup blockers’. If you have Google or Yahoo toolbars, just right click in the toolbar area and uncheck them

All exams should be taken at the scheduled time and place. The final exam will be divided into 4 parts, corresponding to the material covered on the four semester exams. You will receive a grade for each part. Up to two out of four such grades will be averaged with the corresponding regular exam, if doing so benefits you.
About the Course This course provides a survey of mathematical topics with examples from sociology, psychology, education and related fields. A minimum background in mathematics is assumed. Topics include logic, set theory, measure of central tendency and variability, probability, normal distributions, correlation and regression and finance.
Grades Your final grade will be based upon your total score out of a possible 700 points (100 points for each exam, and 200 points total for the final). You need at least 60% (420 points) to pass, and 90% (630 points) for an A-. Some classes will include graded exercises. The points from these exercises will be added to your next exam grade. You will be able to earn bonus points on every exam by doing well on quizzes and class-work.
On assign- ments To see the Course Schedule and List of Problems, click HERE . The assignments will not be collected, but they are meant for you to understand the material and prepare for tests. *Some of the bonus problems will be based on the current homework*. These problems should be done soon after the associated material is covered in class. Some students will need to do more problems, but everybody should do at least the recommended list. You will also find class time more comprehensible if you keep current, and read the textbook—it is nicely written.
Acommo- dations Any student with a documented disability is welcome to contact me as early in the semester as possible so that we may arrange reasonable accommodations. As part of this process, please be in touch with Disability Services for Students Office at 330 Memorial Union 401-874-2098.