EXCURSIONS IN MATHEMATICS:
Math 1011, Fall 2009
Instructor:
Dr. Rachel Hall
Office: 229 Barbelin
Office Hours: M 2:30-4, W 2-3:30, F 1-2 and by appointment
Telephone: (610) 660-3096 (Office)
E-mail: rhall@sju.edu
URL: http://www.sju.edu/~rhall/Multi/math1011.htm
Course Description: This course aims to strengthen and expand your
understanding of fundamental mathematical topics, including number systems,
number theory, geometry, exponential functions, and mathematical reasoning. Along the way, we discuss the origins of
mathematics in several world cultures and the role and relevance of mathematics
today.
Prerequisite: None. If
you have concerns about your placement in this class, please discuss them with
me in the first week of classes.
Text: There is no textbook for this course. I will bring handouts and post reading materials on our class
Blackboard site.
Other supplies: You will need a scientific calculator that can perform basic functions such as square
roots. You do not need a graphing
calculator. You should bring your
calculator to class. You will need
a straightedge and compass for the unit on geometry. Also, please use pencils to complete homework and tests.
Homework: Learning mathematics, like learning to play a
musical instrument or becoming a good athlete, requires practice. Homework
problems will be posted on the course web page. You should start working
on the homework problems for a section as soon as we cover that section in
class. Although you may consult with other students and seek help from
me, the homework you hand in should represent your own work. Answers unsupported
by work will not receive credit. Be sure to cite all sources properly,
including internet sources. Homework assignments are due in class on the day
assigned. Late homework: Photocopies of late homeworks may be turned in before
the assignment is returned to the class but will not be graded until the end of
the semester. If you turn in an
assignment late, keep the original copy for your records.
Quizzes: There will be
15-minute quizzes given in class every Friday when there is not an exam. Quizzes are based on readings,
lectures, in-class work, and homework problems. There are no makeup quizzes, but your lowest two grades will be dropped.
Tests: There will be three tests, scheduled for September 25, October 16, and
November 23. A cumulative final
exam will be given during finals week. Makeup tests will only be
given to students who contact me by email (rhall@sju.edu)
or phone (610-660-3096) within 48 hours of missing a test. Students with a valid, verifiable reason for missing a test or the final may take a makeup
without penalty if they bring validation; those who have missed a test
without a valid, verifiable reason may take a makeup with a 30% penalty,
assuming that they contact me within 48 hours. Valid excuses
include illness, death in the family, or an official university activity such
as an athletic event or field trip.
Grades: Grades will be assigned on the following basis:
10% |
Quizzes (lowest two grades dropped) |
15% |
Homework |
45% |
Three tests |
30% |
Final exam |
The grade cutoffs are 93.3% A, 90% A-, 86.7%
B+, 83.3% B, 80% B-, 76.7% C+, 73.3% C, 70% C-, 66.7% D+, 60% D, and below 60%
F. You have the option of replacing either your total quiz grade or your
lowest test grade with your final exam grade.
Academic Honesty: Dishonesty includes cheating on a test, falsifying
data, misrepresenting the work of others as your own (plagiarism, or improper
citation of sources), and helping another student to cheat or plagiarize. At
the very least, an academic honesty infraction will result in the filing of a
violation report and a grade of zero on that particular assignment; serious or
repeated infractions of the Academic Honesty policy will result in failure of
the course. For complete information about the University’s policy on Academic
Honesty, consult the Student Handbook 2009-2010.
Attendance: Class attendance is mandatory. Although I do
not have a rigid cut policy, anyone who has missed many classes and is doing
poorly in the course should not expect much sympathy from me. If you do
miss a class, it is your responsibility to obtain the notes and assignments
from another student and make sure your homework is turned in on time. See my
Makeup Exam policy to see what to do if you miss a quiz.
Schedule:
Topic |
Weeks |
Mathematics and culture |
1 |
Number systems: spoken and written numbers,
arithmetic, fractions, estimation |
3 |
Logic and problem solving |
2 |
Number theory: Pythagorean triples, the
Euclidean algorithm, modular arithmetic, congruences, magic squares, art from
numbers |
5 |
Geometry: compass and straightedge constructions,
origami |
2 |
The mathematics of growth and decay:
infinite series, compound interest, exponential and logarithmic functions |
2 |
Students with Disabilities: Students who have or think they may have a disability
(learning, physical, or psychological) are encouraged to contact Services for
Students with Disabilities, Room 113, Science Center, 610-660-1774 or
610-660-1620 as early as possible in the semester. Accommodations can only be provided to a student with
current documentation (within 3 years).
Students are encouraged to discuss their instructional needs and
accommodations (“reasonable academic adjustments”) with their professors early
in the semester. All student
requests for extended time to take quizzes or exams in a distraction free
environment must be discussed with the professor a minimum of one week prior
to the scheduled date of the quiz or exam. The student must
complete the Extended-Time Request Form, obtain the professor’s approval, and
submit the form to the office of Services for Students with Disabilities a
minimum of 3 days prior to the date of the scheduled exam. Failure to follow these procedures
could result in a denial of the request.
Exceptions to exam schedules requires prior written approval of the
professor.