Math 109 — Math Explorations — Spring 2014

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**Lectures:** T$\Theta$ 1-2:20pm in PM 106
**Office Hours:** T$\Theta$11am-1pm and W12-1pm, or by appointment

**Instructor:** Jonathan
Poritz
**Office:** PM 248
**E-mail:**
`jonathan.poritz@gmail.com`

**Phone:** 549-2044 (office — any time); 357-MATH
(personal;please use sparingly)

**Text:** *Excursions in Modern Mathematics (7 ^{th} ed.)*,
by Peter Tannenbaum.

**Prerequisites:** Satisfactory placement exam score or Math 099 or
equivalent.

**Postrequisites:** This course is one of the six classes which satisfy
the Quantitative Reasoning Skill of the General Education Requirement. It is
also require for admission to the Teacher Education program, and is a
prerequisite for Econ 202.

**Calculator:** A scientific calculator may be used in this course. The
TI-30X IIS is strongly recommended.

**Course Content/Objective:** The Catalog describes it as:

Emphasis on quantitative reasoning and problem solving. Topics chosen from logic, sets, algebra, linear programming, probability, statistics, number theory, geometry, voting theory, and graph theory.

**Attendance and workload:** Regular attendance in class is a key to
success. But more than merely attending, you are also expected to be
*engaged* with the material in the class. In order for this to be
possible, it is necessary to be current with required outside activities
such as reading textbook sections and doing homework problems. You are
expected to spend 2-3 hours per hour of class on this outside work —
this is not an exaggeration (or a joke!), in fact it is closer to a legal
requirement.

Students who have two or more unexcused absences during the first two weeks of the term will be automatically withdrawn from this class. If a withdrawal is indicated, you will be informed via email sent to your campus email address. (See 2013-2014 Catalog, page 47.)

**Homework:** There will be roughly weekly homework sets assigned and
collected. Here are some details:

- Homework is due either in class or at my office,
**no later than 4pm**. - Homework is assigned by day but graded by problem. Each problem will
typically be worth
**5 points**. Note that none of us is all that interested in the answers to the problems, and I am certainly much more interested in*how you do them*: in short, "Showing your work" is not something extra that you can add to a homework assignment — it**is the homework assignment**. - Homework problems will appear on the homework web page on a regular basis. Please get used to going to that page frequently — at least every class day, and certainly before starting your work on a homework set.
- Late homework will count, but at a reduced value — generally, the score will be reduced by around a point for each day late.

**Revision of work on homework and tests:** A great learning
opportunity is often missed by students who get back a piece of work graded by
their instructor and simply shrug their shoulders and move on. In fact,
painful though it may be, looking over the mistakes on those returned papers
is often the best way to figure out exactly where *you* tend to make
mistakes. If you correct that work, taking the time to make sure you really
understand completely what was missing or incorrect, you will often truly master
the technique in question, and never again make any similar mistake.

In order to encourage students to go through this learning experience, I will
allow students to hand in revised solutions to all homeworks and midterms.
There will be an expectation of slightly higher quality of exposition (more
clear and complete explanations, all details shown, *etc.*) but you will
be able to earn a percentage of the points you originally lost, so long as
you hand in the revised work at the very next class meeting. The percentage
you can earn back is given in the "revision %" column of
the table in the **Grades** section, below.

**Exams:** We will have three midterm exams on dates to be determined (and
announced at least a week in advance). Our **final exam** is scheduled for
**Wednesday, April 30th from 1am-3:20pm in our usual classroom**.

**Grades:** In each grading category, the lowest *n* scores of
that type will be dropped, where *n* is the value in the "# dropped"
column. The total remaining points will be multiplied by a normalizing
factor so as to make the maximum possible be 100. Then the different
categories will be combined, each weighted by the "course %" from the
following table, to compute your total course points out of 100. Your letter
grade will then be computed in a manner not more strict than the traditional
"90-100% is an **A**, 80-90% a **B**, *etc.*" method. *[Note
that the math department does not give "+"s or "-"s.]*

pts each | # of such | # dropped | revision % | course % | |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

Homework: | 5/prob | ≈75 probs | 7 probs | 75% | 30% |

Midterms: | >100 | 3 | 0 | 50% | 50% |

Final Exam: | >200 | 1 | 0 | 0% | 20% |

**Contact outside class:** Over the years I have been teaching, I have
noticed that the students who come to see me outside class are very often the
ones who do well in my classes. Now correlation is not causation, but why not
put yourself in the right statistical group and drop in sometime? I am always
in my office, PM 248, during official office hours. If you want to talk to me
privately and/or cannot make those times, please mention it to me in class or
by e-mail, and we can find another time. Please feel free to contact me for
help also by e-mail at
`jonathan.poritz@gmail.com`, to
which I will try to respond quite quickly (usually within the day, often
much more quickly); be aware, however, that it is hard to do complex
mathematics by e-mail, so if the issue you raise in an e-mail is too hard
for me to answer in that form, it may well be better if we meet before the
next class, or even talk on the telephone (in which case, include in your
e-mail a number where I can reach you).

**A request about e-mail:** E-mail is a great way to keep in touch
with me, but since I tell all my students that, I get *a lot* of e-mail.
So to help me stay organized, please put your full name and the course name
or number in the subject line of all messages to me. Also, if you are asking
for help on a homework problem, tell me as much of the problem as you can,
since I may not have my book with me when I get your mail.

**Academic integrity:** Mathematics is more effectively and easily
learned — and more fun — when you work in groups.
However, all work you turn in must be your own, and any form of cheating
is grounds for an immediate **F** in the course for all involved parties.
Please do not use a cell phone during class. You may not use a cell phone or
share a calculator with another student during a test.

**Tutoring Help:** The Math Learning Center offers registered CSU-Pueblo
students *free* assistance in their math classes from Elementary Algebra
to Calculus and Statistics. It is staffed by a Director and student tutors.
Located in the Phyiscs and Mathematics building, PM 132, it is open this spring
semester from January 20, 2014 through May 2, 2014. No appointment is
necessary, just walk in and ask for help. The hours of operation are posted in
the Center and http://www.csupueblo.edu/tutoring/Pages/Math-Learning-Center.aspx.

**Students with disabilities:** The University abides by the Americans
with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which
stipulate that no student shall be denied the benefits of education "solely by
reason of a handicap." If you have a documented disability that may impact your
work in this class for which you may require accommodations, please see the
Disability Resource Coordinator as soon as possible to arrange accommodations.
In order to receive accomodations, you must be registered with and provide
documentation of your disability to: the Disability Resource Office, which is
located in the Library and Academic Resources Center, Suite 169.

Jonathan Poritz (jonathan.poritz@gmail.com) |
Page last modified: Monday, 18-Aug-2014 19:43:56 CDT |