Survey of Mathematical Ideas

Winter 1998
MATH 100.01 (3 credits), MTuWThF, 9:00AM-12:10PM, Byerly 140
Textbook:
Mathematical Ideas, 8th edition, Miller, Heeren, and Hornsby, Addison-Wesley Educational Publishers, Inc., 1997
Instructor:
Dr. Buchanan
Office: Wickersham 113, Phone: 872-3659, FAX: 871-2320
Office Hours: 1:30PM-2:30AM (MTuWThF), or by appointment
Email: Robert.Buchanan@millersville.edu
Coverage:
Objectives:
This course is a liberal arts course for students planning careers in non-mathematical disciplines. It is a survey of selected mathematical topics that are important today. The purpose of this course is to raise the level of appreciation for mathematics as both a tool and a fine art.
Attendance:
This course meets only fifteen times and therefore students are expected to attend all class meetings. If you are absent from class you are responsible for all material covered and assignments made during your absence. Students who miss a test or the due date for an assignment because of an absence must provide a valid excuse, otherwise you will not be allowed to make up the missed work.
Homework:
A variety of homework assignments will be made daily. Textbook problems will be assigned to reinforce ideas covered in class. Other assignments will be made to offers students chances to explore particular topics in more detail than can be covered in class. In all cases students are expected to do their homework and participate in class. Periodically some homework problems will be assigned to be handed in for grading. Students should submit all homework by the date due. Late homework, without valid excuse, will not be accepted.

Students should expect to spend a minimum of 3-5 hours per night reviewing notes taken during class and working the assigned homework. Preparation for the tests will require additional hours of study.

Tests:
Three 1-hour tests, tentatively scheduled for 01/09/98, 01/16/98, and 01/23/98.

If you feel that an error was made in the grading of a test, you should explain the error on a separate sheet of paper and return both it and the test to me within two class periods after the test is returned to you.

Grades:
Course grade will be calculated as follows.
Tests 60%
Journal 10%
Homework 30%

The course letter grades will be calculated as follows.

90-100 A
80-89 B
70-79 C
60-69 D
0-59 F
Final Word:
Math is not a spectator sport. What you learn from this course and your final grade depend mainly on the amount of work you put forth. There is no opportunity for extra credit. Test and final course grades will not be curved. Daily contact with the material through homework assignments and review of notes taken during lectures is extremely important.

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