This website is the syllabus for this course.

Course Outline

Date Chapter Worksheet
Due Date
Due Date
Textbook Homework
(Practice/Not Graded)
Jan. 22 - Feb. 7
(17 days)
Chapter 1 11:55pm
Jan. 31
Feb. 7
9th ed. 2, 7, 16, 18, 27, 28, 30, 39, 40, 44
10th ed. 4, 9, 20, 21, 29, 30, 32, 41, 42, 46
Feb. 8 - Feb. 21
(14 days)
Chapter 2 11:55pm
Feb. 14
Feb. 21
9th ed. 4, 7, 10, 26, 27, 43, 44, 48, 55, 74
10th ed. 1, 9, 12, 28, 29, 45, 46, 50, 57, 76
Feb. 22 - Mar. 6
(14 days)
Chapter 5 11:55pm
Feb. 28
Mar. 6
9th ed. 2, 3, 4, 9, 13, 14, 22, 34
10th ed. 4, 5, 6, 13, 17, 18, 26, 38
Project 1 Circuits Due 11:55pm Mar. 6
Spring Break Mar. 9 - Mar. 13
Mar. 14 - Mar. 27
(14 days)
Chapter 9 11:55pm
Mar. 20
Mar. 27
9th ed. 6, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 23, 24, 25, 39
10th ed. 5, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 32
Mar. 28 - Apr. 10
(14 days)
Chapter 16 11:55pm
Apr. 3
Apr. 10
9th ed. 1, 5, 6, 8, 12, 14, 15, 18, 21, 22
10th ed. 1, 5, 6, 8, 12, 16, 17, 20, 23, 24
Apr. 11 - Apr. 28
(18 days)
Chapter 21 11:55pm
Apr. 17
Apr. 28
9th ed. 3, 11, 13, 25, 26, 40, 53, 54, 55, 56
10th ed. 3, 6, 21, 31, 32, 46, 59, 60, 61, 62
Project 2 Visualizing Data and CPI Due 11:55pm Apr. 28

Evaluation/Grade (Sakai-> Gradebook)

Description Points
6 Online
20 points each, total 120 points
2 Project
15 points each, total 30 points
6 Chapter
15 points each, total 90 points
(6 discussion groups, i.e. Forums)
10 points each, total 60 points
  300 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)/300 * 100 = your percentage
No across the board curves allowed. No extra credit.
Incompletes can only be given if you are passing the course.
No comprehensive final exam. The course ends on Tuesday April 28.

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 quizzes 1, 2, 3, and 4. A maximum of four hours for quizzes 5 and 6. You will be allow two tries per quiz. The computer will accept the best score. Failure to take a quiz in the given time slot will be given a zero. No exceptions!
Quiz Available
Quiz 1
(Chapter 1)
12:00 am Jan. 22 - 11:55pm Feb. 7
Quiz 2
(Chapter 2)
12:00 am Feb. 8 - 11:55pm Feb. 21
Quiz 3
(Chapter 5)
12:00 am Feb. 22 - 11:55pm Mar. 6
Quiz 4
(Chapter 9)
12:00 am Mar. 14 - 11:55pm Mar. 27
Quiz 5
(Chapter 16)
12:00 am Mar. 28 - 11:55pm Apr. 10
Quiz 6
(Chapter 21)
12:00 am Apr. 11 - 11:55pm Apr. 28

Projects (Sakai-> Assignments)

There will be two projects this semester. The projects have been created to match the learning outcomes. The projects must be submitted by the due date using the Assignments tool in Sakai. DO NOT SUBMIT PROJECTS VIA EMAILS OR FAXES! I will not accept them! Do not ask to submit late projects. I suggest using a word processor (e.g. Microsoft Word or OpenOffice) for your projects and then create a pdf file. You can also scan or take a picture of handwritten parts such as graphs or tables. The only acceptable file formats for project submissions: (picture part)jpg, gif, tiff, or pdf and (document part) doc, odt, or pdf. I prefer all parts of the project to be submitted as PDF files. If I cannot open your file submission, I will allow only ONE resubmission in a different format. For all projects you must use concepts from the textbook, worksheets, or lecture videos/notes. You must also use one one other reference source and cite the reference. A general grading rubric is given below. If the project is broken up into problems/parts and each problem/part has a point value, then the rubric given below is applied to each problem/part. If a problem is worth 5 points and some concepts are missing and very little information is provided, then 20% of 5 points (1 point) is earned for that problem.
Project Grading Rubric
Criteria 100% problem/part 40% problem/part 20% or 0% problem/part
Topic is thoroughly covered. All information is correct. Clearly demonstrates the learning outcomes:

Circuits Outcomes 1, 3, 4 and and Visualizing Data and CPI Outcomes 1,2, 3, 4.

Some missing concepts. Very little information. Some errors in report. Not all learning outcomes are demonstrated in report. Does not illustrate the concepts and/or shows misunderstanding of the concepts. Major errors in report. Report does not relate to any learning outcomes or missing major parts.
Quality of
Well-organized, well written report, 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. Report does show original thought and ideas follow and relate to each other in a logical way. The report is too short, shows very little information and very little effort. The report contains many grammatical or spelling errors. Ideas do not follow in a logical way.
Project Available Due Date
Project 1
12:00 am Jan. 22 - 11:55pm Mar. 6 Due: 11:55pm Mar. 6
Project 2
Visualizing Data and CPI
12:00 am Mar. 14 - 11:55pm Apr. 28 Due: 11:55pm Apr. 28

Chapter Worksheets (Sakai-> Assignments)

Each question on the worksheet is worth 1 point (partial credit is possible). The worksheets are designed to help you understand material and are aligned with the Learning Outcomes to provide practice and feedback. The worksheets are downloadable from the Assignment tool within Sakai as a Microsoft Word (or OpenOffice) and also as a pdf file. You can write on the worksheets and upload your answers or (similar to homework submissions) take a digital picture of your handwritten assignment with a camera or smart phone. All worksheet answers must be submitted within Sakai. Worksheets with answers only will be given a zero. You must show the work for credit. The due dates for the worksheets are one week before the due date for quizzes, so that you can get feedback on problems before doing your quizzes. DO NOT SUBMIT ASSIGNMENTS VIA EMAILS OR FAXES! I will not accept them! Do not ask to submit late worksheets.

Participation (Discussion groups, i.e. Forums) (Sakai-> Forums)

You will be required to participate in the discussion groups, i.e. Forums. The forums are aligned with the Learning Outcomes to provide practice and feedback and assessment for outcomes 3 and 4. Topics are posted in the chapter webpages and in the Forums link within Sakai. There will be one Forum for each chapter we cover. This is considered class participation and counts for 60 points out of 300 points or 20% 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. Sakai forum statistics is used in part to determine level of particpation. Sakai forum statistics shows how many postings were read. 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 mathematical language (learning outcome 3) and textbook concepts, and applys concepts to situations not covered in the textbook (learning outcome 4). Student responds to the posted question in a way that does not clearly use the concepts. Uses some mathematical language, but does not apply concepts to other situations. Student responds to the posted question but misses the main idea of the discussion topic. A student with INCORRECT fact or shows a misunderstanding of the concepts in their posting can only receive a maximum of 1 pt for response to questions. Check your facts!
Participation Post in a timely manner. 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. Must read at least 80% of the postings (Sakai forum statistics) to get 5 pts. Postings rarely interact with or respond to other members of the online community. Not actively engaged in the discussion. Must read at least 50% of the psotings (Sakai forum statistics) to get 3 pts. Postings to questions posed by the instructor only. Students rarely post to the discussion boards. Posting of ’’I agree’’ is not consider a posting.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course the student should be able to:

  1. Graphs and Visual Representations Construct, analyze, and interpret various graphs, tables, circuits, diagrams, or other visual representations of data. Rubric Elements: MSC.A.1, MSC.C.3, STEM.4. Practice/Feedback: Homeworks and Worksheets. Assessment: Quizzes and Projects Circuits and Visualizing Data and CPI.
  2. Formulas and Calculations Determine appropriate formulas based on a problems context and use them to perform calculations related to valence, statistics, finance, sequences and patterns, or other applications. Rubric Elements: MSC.A.1, MSC.A.2, MSC.B.1, MSC.B.2, STEM.1, STEM.2, STEM.3, STEM.4. Practice/Feedback: Homeworks and Worksheets. Assessment: Quizzes and Project Visualizing Data and CPI.
  3. Using Mathematical Language Use appropriate definitions and terminology related to all topics covered to discuss problems in detail and to explain problem-solving methods in writing. Rubric Elements: MSC.C.1, MSC.C.2, MSC.C.3, STEM.1, STEM.5 Practice/Feedback: Homeworks, Forums, and Worksheets. Assessment: Forums, Projects Circuits and Visualizing Data and CPI.
  4. Real World Application Apply concepts learned to situations outside the classroom including but not limited to circuits, voting strategies, statistics, personal finance, and identifying patterns. Rubric Elements: MSC.A.2, MSC.B.1, STEM.2, STEM.3, STEM.4 Practice/Feedback: Homework, Forums, and Worksheets. Assessment: Forums, Projects Circuits and Visualizing Data and CPI.
Fully Satisfies General Education Rubric Elements
Knowledge area
A1. STEM Rubric Elements
Competency area
B3. MSC Rubric Elements
  • STEM.1: Identifies facts, vocabulary, definitions, terms, concepts, and people.
  • STEM.2: Recognizes concepts or tools relevant for application to a task.
  • STEM.3: Collects information relevant to address the task – e.g. data; literature sources.
  • STEM.4: Analyzes: Applies concepts to address the task.
  • STEM.5: Analyzes: Evaluates support for claims and justifies conclusions.
  • MSC.A.1: Finds the necessary information.
  • MSC.A.2: make a plan for how to solve the problem.
  • MSC.B.1: Performs the calculation or analysis.
  • MSC.B.2: Checks the answer for accuracy.
  • MSC.C.1: Explains the steps taken.
  • MSC.C.2: Articulates the solution.
  • MSC.C.3: Presents the problem and solution in an organized, clear, and concise manner.

James Baglama

Email: j(lastname)(AT)
Office hours: By appointment
Office: Lippitt Hall 200D
Phone: (401) 874-2709

For All Practical Purposes For All Practical Purposes

For All Practical Purposes

The textbook for the course can be either 9th or 10th edition.
For All Practical Purposes, 9th edition by COMAP
For All Practical Purposes, 10th edition by COMAP

Videos and lecture notes are based on the 9th ed. textbook. The 9th or 10th edition of the textbook can be used for this course. All material covered is the same and independent of textbook editions. The course does NOT use any material/resources form the Publisher's online system LaunchPad.

Student Resources (Publisher)

Math Applets and suggested websites are very helpful resources.

URI General Education Course

General Education program 2016 (GE): This course fully satisfies both the general education Knowledge area A1: Scientific, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematical Disciplines (STEM) and Competency area B3: Mathematical, Statistical, or Computational Strategies (MSC).
General education program 2001 - 2015 (MQ): This course satisfies the general education requirement for Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning.

Course Description

LEC: (3 crs.) Introduces students to the spirit of mathematics and its applications. Emphasis is on development of reasoning ability as well as manipulative techniques. (Lec. 3/Online) Not open to students with credit in MTH 106 or MTH 109 and not for major credit in mathematics. (MQ)/(GE)

Course Goals

The goal of this course is to prepare you for the mathematical and analytical aspects of the world around you, and to help you develop a stronger, deeper mathematical knowledge. This course is intended for students majoring in the liberal arts or other fields that do not have a specific mathematical requirement.

Academic Enhancement Center (AEC)

There is help available from the Academic Enhancement Center (AEC). For more information on AEC services visit the AEC website at .

Accommodations for Special Needs

Students with Disabilities: Your access in this course is important. Please send me your Disability Services for Students (DSS) accommodation letter early in the semester so that we have adequate time to discuss and arrange your approved academic accommodations. If you have not yet established services through DSS, please contact them to engage in a confidential conversation about the process for requesting reasonable accommodations in the classroom. DSS is located in room 302 of the Memorial Union, 401-874-2098, email:

Incomplete Grade

University of Rhode Island regulations concerning incomplete grades will be followed. See University Manual sections 8.53.20 and 8.53.21 for details.

Religious holidays

It is the policy of the University of Rhode Island to accord students, on an individual basis, the opportunity to observe their traditional religious holidays. Students desiring to observe a holiday of special importance must provide written notification to each instructor.

Makeup Policy

Assignments, quizzes, and discussions are available for multiple days. Deadlines are given on all assignments. Missed deadlines will require documentation and the University Manual sections 8.51.10 to 8.51.14 will be followed.

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 quizzes must be done independently. Suspicious scores may require additional explanation.