e-mail is the preferred
Instructor: Dr. Norman Landis form of communication
use this address, not
Office: Becton 211B my University address
all PowerPoint lectures
Website: www.normanlandis.com will appear on the
Phone: 692-2230 (University Extension 2230)
I hardly ever check my
Office Hours: voice mail. Be warned!
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 2:00-3:00,
Text: Thinking Mathematically (5th Edition)
1. Seven one-hour exams (90%)
2. Comprehensive Exam (10%) ????
3. Homework (optional)
Class participation and attendance can act as a
positive adjusment to your final grade
– You will need a calculator for chapter 8.
– You might find it useful for some other chapters.
– Must be able to do exponentiation: xy
– Get a cheap one (10 or 15 bucks). If your cell phone
has one, you can use that.
– Allowed all semester (including exams).
• There will be seven exams and a final (comprehensive)
– one exam for each of the seven chapters covered
• multiple choice
• 15% per exam. Lowest grade dropped.
– Comprehensive exam covers almost the entire course.
Around week 14 10%
– No make-up exams will be given without prior approval of
the instructor and without appropriate documentation of a
legitimate reason making you unable to take the exam.
• Homework will be assigned all during the semester.
– The homework assignment sheet for the semester is on the
back of the syllabus handout. These are also available at my
– The homework should not be submitted and will not be used
in determining your final grade.
– Obviously doing the homework problems will
• help you learn the material
• help you when you take the examinations.
– Use the homework to ask questions in class; if you find
some problem particularly difficult, we can solve it in class.
• I try to give a self-evaluation exam after the
completion of each chapter.
– These exams are not graded by me (other than
anonymous grading to find trouble spots in the chapter).
– They are short versions of "real" exams.
– You will be given the answers at the end of the exam
and grade the exam yourself.
– Go over problems that you get wrong; the kinds of
questions asked on these exams are very similar to the
kinds of questions on the "real" exams!!!
• I should be contacted via the e-mail address
– I am happy to help students on an individual
– I provide most of my assistance by e-mail
– but also have office hours (also shown above)
– Calling my phone is usually fruitless, so if you
wish to contact me, use e-mail.
– Chapter 1: Problem Solving and Critical Thinking
– Chapter 2: Set Theory
– Chapter 3: Logic
– Chapter 6: Algebra: Equations and Inequalities
– Chapter 8: Consumer Mathematics
– Chapter 11: Counting Methods and Probability
– Chapter 12: Statistics