Math 109, Math Explorations

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**Class meetings:** M-F 9-12 in GCB 111 and 1-3 in GCB 315, plus required
Saturday excursions. **Office Hours:** M-F 1-3pm

**Instructor:** Jonathan
Poritz
**Office:** GCB 314D
**E-mail:**
`jonathan@poritz.net`

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

**Text:** * Excursions in Modern Mathematics (8^{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 one possible course required for admission to the Teacher Education program
and for the courses ACCTG 201, MATH, 361, and MATH 362, and is recommended for
MATH 360.

**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.

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

**Attendance:** You are expected to be present at every meeting of this
class, both physically and mentally. Classroom participation is a part of your
grade: contribute during class!

**Quizzes:** We will have three large quizzes (like midterm exams, for
our accelerated summer schedule) on Fridays: July 22, July 29, and August 5.
announced at least a week in advance).

**Worksheets:** Most class days will have a corresponding mathematical
worksheet to be completed in the afternoon. You are free (and encouraged) to
work in groups on these worksheets, and to get frequent suggestions and guidance
from the math TAs in the PM work sessions, but the work you hand in must be your
own.

**Other mathematical writing:** There will be a number of other
occasions where you will be writing about mathematical ideas. These will
include posing a problem inspired by each Saturday outing (and suggesting a
[method of] solution), short impromptu expositions of recent ideas in class,
*etc.*

**Final:** The final exam for this class will consist of a written part on
Thursday, August 11, as well as a mathematical component of your symposium
project.

**Revision of written work:** A great learning opportunity is often
missed by math students who get back a piece of work graded by their instructor
and simply shrug their shoulders and move on — often depositing their
graded work in a trash can without even looking at it! 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, they
may hand in revised solutions to all written work (except the final). There
will be an expectation of 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 below.

**Grades:** In each grading category, the total 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 at CSUP does not give "+"s or "-"s.]*

revision % | course % | |
---|---|---|

Worksheets: | 75% | 30% |

Classroom participation, various writing: |
75% | 20% |

Quizzes: | 50% | 30% |

Final Exam: | 0% | 20% |

**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.
You may not use a cell phone or share a calculator with another student during
a quiz.

The CSUP policy on **Academic Dishonesty** is spelled out in detail in the
Catalog, on *p45* (here is a direct link). See also
The Student Code of Conduct for
a description of how violations of the policy are handled.

**Accommodations:** 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 accommodations, 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.net) |
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