Instructor: Dr. Rachel Hall
Office: 229 Barbelin
Office Hours: M 2:30-3:30, W 1-2, R 3-4, and by appointment
Telephone: (610) 660-3096 (Office)
E-mail: rhall@sju.edu
URL: http://www.sju.edu/~rhall/Multi/class.html
Course Goals. Multicultural Mathematics aims to strengthen and expand our understanding of fundamental mathematics---number systems, arithmetic, geometry, elementary number theory, and mathematical reasoning---through comparative study of the mathematics of world cultures. In addition, the course is designed to recognize the contributions of world cultures to the development of mathematics, to explore the connections between mathematics and the arts, and to encourage our imagination and creativity.
Course Packet and Supplies. There is no textbook for this class. A course packet will be available for purchase from the University Press within the first few weeks of classes. Other course materials include class notes, handouts, and postings on the class web page. You may be required to purchase some supplies, such as scissors and a ruler.
Projects. There will be two major projects.
Quizzes. There will be brief quizzes about twice a week. These quizzes are meant to see if you are keeping up with the readings and main concepts covered in class. The lowest 1/3 of grades will be dropped. Quizzes may not be made up under any circumstances.
Homework. There are three types of assignments: readings, practice problems, and collected assignments. Readings and/or practice problems are assigned every day; they will not be collected, but you will need to do them to prepare for the quizzes. There will be about five collected homework assignments.
Tests. There will be two midterms and a final examination. Makeup tests will only be given to students who contact me within 48 hours of missing a test. Students with a valid, verifiable reason for missing a test may take a makeup without penalty; those who have missed a test without a valid, verifiable reason may take a makeup with a 30% penalty. ``Valid, verifiable'' reasons include: illness, if a doctor's note is provided; athletic or academic field trip, with a note from your coach or professor; and other serious events, such as funeral attendance, court date, etc., if documentation is provided. If in doubt, ask me for clarification.
Grades. Grades will be weighted as follows:
35% two midterm exam grades
25% final exam
10% quizzes
10% projects
15% homework
5% class participation
The grading scale is 94-100% A, 90-93% A-, 87-89% B+, 84-86% B, 80-83% B-, 77-79% C+, 74-76% C, 70-73% C-, 67-69% D+, 60-66% D, and below 60% F. Grades may be curved at the end of the semester.
Academic Honesty. Dishonesty includes cheating on a test, falsifying data, misrepresenting the work of others as your own (plagiarism), and helping another student cheat or plagiarize. Academic dishonesty will result in a grade of zero on that particular assignment; more serious or repeated infractions of the Academic Honesty policy will result in failure of the course, or worse. Every instance of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Academic Honesty Board. For complete information about the University's policy on Academic Honesty, consult the Student Handbook 2003-2004.
Attendance. Class attendance is mandatory. Although I do not have a rigid cut policy, anyone who has missed lots of 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 make up the material and make sure your homework is turned in on time.
Office hours: Office hours are set aside for you to get some one-on-one attention. Please take advantage of them--you do not need an appointment! If you are struggling in the class, you should be in office hours at least once a week.
Topics we'll cover this semester: