CRN 1554 Course Information Sheet Spring 1996 by jasonpeters


									CRN: 3320                                                 Course Information Sheet                                                       Fall 2008
                                                            MTH 121 Section 114
                                                          12:30 – 1:45 TTh SH 513
I.   General Information
     Instructor:          Dr. Laura Adkins                                                           Office hours: 9:30 – 10:30 MWF
     Office:              SH 724                                                                                   2:00 – 3:00 TTh
     Office phone/e-mail: 696-3034 /
     Text: Using and Understanding Mathematics, A Quantitative Reasoning Approach, by Bennett & Briggs (4th Edition)
     Additional Supplies: Calculator with a y x (exponent) key
     Prerequisites: MAT 097, MAT 097E, MAT 087, or MAT 095; or math ACT > 19, or math SAT > 460; or placement 100
     Course Description: Concepts and Applications of Mathematics (3 hours) A course for non-majors that develops
        quantitative reasoning skills. Topics include logical thinking, problem solving strategies, linear modeling,
        beginning statistics and probability, exponential and logarithmic modeling, financial and geometry concepts.
     Course Objectives: Students should …
         1. … be able to think critically about quantitative issues covered in the news, particularly issues covered in the newspaper or a weekly
              news magazine.
         2. … be able to make decisions on quantitative issues that confront them in both their personal lives and in their lives as voting citizens.
         3. … be prepared with the quantitative skills needed for subsequent college course work, in particular, for their Integrated Science course.
         4. … develop the ability to reason quantitatively and to clearly explain their reasoning in written form, so that they will be prepared for the
              challenges of modern careers.

II. Schedule of Topics
     A tentative schedule of topics and due dates appears on the last page of this document.

III. Attendance Policy
     Attendance records will not be used to compute grades (except possibly in borderline cases). However, there will be
     in-class quizzes that cannot be made up unless the absence is excused. Also, missing class can be expected to
     significantly reduce your chances of success.

IV. Testing and Grading
     A. The following grades will be taken, on the indicated dates.
              Essential Skills Quizzes                  70 pts.          (on-line)*                       * See page 3 for
              In-Class Quizzes                          60 pts.          (weekly)*                          explanations of
              Homework                                  70 pts.          (weekly)*                          these grades.
              Test 1                                   100 pts.          Thursday, Sept. 18
              Test 2                                   100 pts.          Tuesday, Oct. 14
              Test 3                                   100 pts.          Thursday, Nov. 6
              Final Exam                               100 pts.          12:45 – 2:45 PM Tuesday, Dec. 16
              Total                                    600 pts.
     B. All make-up tests will be given on a single day, Tuesday, Dec. 2. (See topic D below.)
     C. The semester grade will be based on the percentage                                90 -100% – A
        of the 600 possible points, using the following scale. →                          80 - 89% – B                   This scale MAY
                                                                                          70 - 79% – C                   be lowered slightly.
                                                                                          60 - 69% – D
                                                                                          0 - 59% – F

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IV. D. Missing Exams
       - If you miss a test due to an unexcused absence, you will receive a grade of 0 for that test.
       - If you miss a test due to an excused absence, you must provide verification within one week of the test.
                             You will then be allowed to take the make-up test on Dec. 2.
                             This test will be SIGNIFICANTLY MORE DIFFICULT than the original test.
       - If you cannot be at the final exam, let me know as soon as you know. A missing final exam score means an
          automatic grade of F for the course.
    E. Cheating
       - In a case of suspicion, a student may be asked to re-take the test.
       - Confirmed cheating will result in a grade of 0 on the test.

V. Miscellaneous
   Free tutors are on duty in SH 526; a schedule will be posted shortly. Free tutors are also available through University
       College, in CTC B4. Call 696-3169, e-mail, or go to .
   Free tutoring is available for military veterans; contact the VA or see me for information.
   The last day to drop this class is Fri. Oct. 31. The last day to withdraw completely for the semester is Tues. Dec. 9.
   The list below provides links to information regarding specific policies of the university.
       Students with disabilities who require special accommodations:
       Academic dishonesty:
      (p. 88)
       Computing Services Acceptable Use Policy:
       Inclement weather:
      (pp. 89–90)

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  There will be 7 of these quizzes, covering skills we consider essential. Each quiz will be worth 10 points, for a total
  of 70 points.
  You will be responsible for taking these quizzes on-line on your own time. You can take the quizzes in any order, at
  any time, as long as you complete all of them by the end of the semester. However, in order to avoid getting behind,
  you may want to consider the suggested schedule of completion dates given in the table below.
  Preparing for the Essential Skills Quizzes:
             There is a Sample Quiz corresponding to each individual quiz. These have been posted on WebCT, along
             with their solutions. You can use these Sample Quizzes to help you prepare before you take the quiz.
             If you need additional preparation, the table below provides additional reference material in your textbook.
             If you need even more preparation, you are welcome to use my office hours for this purpose.
  Grading the Essential Skills Quizzes:
             If you are dissatisfied with your score on any quiz, you may try again on up to a total of 3 attempts on each
             quiz. There will be no penalty for re-taking a quiz.
                                          Suggested Completion
      Number            Topic                                                              Reference
         1         Basic Operations           Thurs. 8-28                  Sample Quiz 1
         2             Fractions              Thurs. 9-11                  Sample Quiz 2         Text pp. 86-87
         3         Powers & Roots             Thurs. 9-18                  Sample Quiz 3      Text pp. 105, 253-254
         4        Scientific Notation          Tues. 9-30                  Sample Quiz 4        Text pp. 105, 156
         5             Algebra                Thurs. 10-16                 Sample Quiz 5           Text p. 240
         7              Graphs                Thurs. 10-23                 Sample Quiz 7      Text: 5C, 5D, 6A, 6C
         6            Logarithms              Thurs. 11-20                 Sample Quiz 6        Text pp. 531, 588

  There will be at least 10 quizzes given in class, each worth 6 points.
  There will be a quiz once a week, generally on Thursday, unless a test interferes.
  This should allow for 10 to 12 quizzes. If there are more than 10 quizzes, then only the 10 highest scores will be used
  for your grade.
  If you miss a quiz, you must provide documentation of an excused absence in order to be allowed to make up the
  quiz. In-class quizzes missed because of unexcused absences cannot be made up.

  There will be at least 10 homework assignments collected during the semester, each worth 7 points. These will also
  be approximately once a week, and only the 10 highest scores will be used for your grade.
  Each of these assignments will be given to you on a sheet of paper with instructions and a due date. (This will allow
  you to distinguish between practice exercises and collected homework.)
  These homework assignments will generally involve writing skills. They will be graded on the quality of your
  writing as well as your use of the relevant quantitative skills. So pay attention to spelling, grammar, sentence
  structure, etc.
  Homework assignments will be accepted late, but there will be a 1-point deduction for each week that the assignment
  is late.
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MTH 121 (Section 114): Tentative Calendar                                                                                Fall 2008

                                                    Recommende                                                            Recommende
Date     Topic                                      d Essential              Date      Topic                              d Essential
                                                    Skills Quiz                                                           Skills Quiz
8-26     Prologue: Literacy for the                                          10-21     5C: Statistical Tables & Graphs
                   Modern World                                                         (MidTerm Grades Due Mon)
         1A: Recognizing Fallacies                                           10-23     5E: Correlation & Causality        7: Graphs
8-28     1B: Propositions and Truth                 1: Basic                           6A: Characterizing Data
              Values                                Operations
                                                                             10-28     6B: Measures of Variation
9-2      1C: Sets and Venn Diagrams
                                                                             10-30     6C: The Normal Distribution
9-4      1D: Analyzing Arguments                                                       6D: Statistical Inference
         (1E: Critical Thinking in Everyday Life)                                           (Last Day to Drop)
9-9      2A: The Problem-Solving                                             11-4      REVIEW
              Power of Units
         2B: Standardized Units: More                                        11-6      TEST 3
             Problem-Solving Power
9-11     2C: Problem-Solving                        2: Fractions
                                                                                       7A: Fundamentals of
              Guidelines and Hints                                                          Probability
9-16     REVIEW                                                              11-11     7A: Fundamentals of
9-18     TEST 1                                     3: Powers
                                                    and Roots
                                                                             11-13     7B: Combining Probabilities
                                                                                       7C: The Law of Large
9-23     3A: Uses and Abuses of                                                             Numbers
             Percentages                                                     11-18     8A: Growth: Linear versus
9-25     SCIENTIFIC NOTATION                                                                Exponential
         3B: Putting Numbers in                                                        LOGARITHMS
              Perspective                                                    11-20     8B: Doubling Time and Half-        6: Log-
9-30     3C: Dealing with Uncertainty               4: Scientific                           Life                            arithms
                                                                                       8D: Logarithmic Scales:
10-2     4B: The Power of                                                              Earthquakes, Sound, & Acids
             Compounding                                                     11-25     THANKSGIVING BREAK
         4C: Savings Plans and
             Investments                                                     11-27     NO CLASSES
10-7     4D: Loan Payments, Credit
              Cards, and Mortgages                                           12-2      9A: Functions - The Building
10-9     REVIEW                                                                            Blocks of Mathematical
                                                                                       9B: Linear Modeling
10-14    TEST 2
                                                                             12-3      9C: Exponential Modeling
10-16    5A: Fundamentals of Statistics             5: Algebra
         5B: Should You Believe a                                            Tuesday
                                                                                       12:45 – 2:45 Final Exam
              Statistical Study?                                             12-16

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