MATH 120 E01 Fundamentals of College
Mathematics
3 credits, 11:00AM12:15PM Mon., Wed. Room:
MCML 221, Call 13008
CATALOG
DESCRIPTION
Topics
include real numbers, consumer mathematics, variation, functions, relations,
graphs, geometry, probability, and statistics. The course is broad in scope,
emphasizing applications. This
course fulfills the lowerdivision mathematics requirement for a Bachelor of
Arts Degree. Prerequisite: Math 096
within two years, sufficient placement exam or SAT/ACT score.
(3+0).
COURSE
DESCRIPTION
We
will be covering chapters 1 5, 7 and 9 in the text Mathematics A
Practical Odyssey, 5^{th} edition by Johnson. In general, we will cover two to four
sections a week, with an inclass exam after every two or three chapters. Homework will be collected upon the
completion of each chapter. The
class format will be lecturebased, though questions and discussion of the
material are strongly encouraged.
LEARNING
OUTCOMES
The
successful student will be able to do the following:
1. Solve
a variety of applied problems using problemsolving techniques from a variety of
areas including logic, algebra, geometry, set theory, probability, statistics,
and number theory.
2. Communicate
mathematical concepts in writing and orally.
3. Use
financial formulas to find interest, future value, present value, monthly
payments, and construct an amortization schedule.
4. Follow
appropriate mathematical format and use proper mathematical notation in solving
problems.
INSTRUCTOR
INFORMATION
Instructor:
Xunming Du
Address:
Office:
MCML Rm 132
Office
hours: Mon, Wed
2:00PM3:15PM; Tu., Th. 9:30AM10:45AM (in ASC)
Phone:
(775) 7537081
Fax:
(775) 7388771
Email:
xunmingd@gwmail.gbcnv.edu
Class
Web page: http://www.gbcnv.edu/~dux/math120/
REQUIRED
MATERIALS
Textbook: Mathematics A Practical Odyssey,
5^{th} edition, by Johnson
Scientific
calculator
Compass
Protractor
Largesize
bluebooks
CLASSROOM
ETTIQUETTE
Do
not use your cell phone in class and in my office.
Do
not bring children to class.
Be
prepared when you come to my office—have your questions ready, bring your
calculator if appropriate, etc.
Do
not sleep in class.
Do
not do homework or work from other courses during class.
GRADING
Grades
will be based on six homework assignments (10 points each), two tests (100
points each), two essays (10 points each), an oral presentation (20 points) and
the final Exam (200 points). There are a total of 500 points possible.
Note: There are seven homework
assignments, but the homework with the lowest score will be dropped from your
final grade total. Late homework
is not accepted. Except for medical emergencies, Makeup tests will not be
allowed. Other excuses might NOT be
accepted in general. The
test with the lowest score will also be dropped. Grades are distributed as
follows:
92% A
78% C+
60%
D
90% – A
72% C
Below 60%
F
88 %–
B+
70%
C
82% –
B
68%
D+
80% –
B
62%–
D
Consult
the
Any student with a
disability who is requesting accommodations should contact the Student Services
Office in Elko at 7532279 as soon as possible.
The FreeWrite
Essays
These essays are short,
consisting of only a paragraph or two. Even though this is a math class, for the
freewrites, you are being judged entirely on how well you write and
substantiate your opinion. The freewrites will be put in tests. The freewrites
are 10 points each. There are three essays. The essay with the lowest point will
be dropped. Your grade will be based on how well you do the
following:
1.
Effectively address the
prompt.
2.
Display wellwritten,
easy to understand sentences.
3.
Show thoughtful
consideration of the material.
Oral
Presentation
The
oral presentation consists of your presenting a problem from the text. You will
also turn in a writeup of the problem you are going to present. The
presentation is worth 20 points. You will be graded on the
following:
1.
Knowledge
of subject matter pertaining to the problem
2.
Rapport
with audience
3.
Quality
of written response
Homework,
Tests and the Final Exam
Homework,
tests and the final exam are graded for both content and form. In other words, just getting the
right answer is not the only criterion on which you're being judged; how you get
there and how well you explain your reasoning are also part of your grade. Therefore, no
credit will be given for unsubstantiated work. Use the big bluebooks
available at the bookstore for turning in homework; you do not need bluebooks
for the tests and the exam. Speaking of tests, missing one is a big deal. Don't do it.
A
FINAL WORD
Students
often complain that the homework/test questions "look different" from the
problems covered in class and those given as examples in the text. Remember that one of the goals in
collegelevel mathematics is for you to learn to apply concepts and not simply memorize
basic problems for regurgitation on a test. Expect your homework/exam problems to be
similar to, but not exactly the same as those discussed in class.
Keep
track of your grades. Here's a
chart to help. Since this is a math
class, you can calculate your own average at any time. See how fun math
is?
Assignment/Exam 
Your
Score 
Total
pts 
Assignment
1 

10 
Assignment
2 

10 


100 
Essay
1 

10 
Assignment
3 

10 
Assignment
4 

10 


100 
Essay
2 

10 
Assignment
5 

10 
Assignment
6 

10 


100 
Essay
3 

10 
Assignment
7 

10 
Oral
Presentation 

20 
Final
Exam 

200 
Total 

500 
Ave
= (your total points)/(total points
possible)
SCHEDULE
OF EVENTS
Week 
Date 
Section(s) 
Topic 
1 
Mon.
Aug. 28 
1.1 
Deductive
vs. Inductive Reasoning 

Wed.
Aug. 30 
1.2 
Symbolic
Logic 
2 
Mon.
Sept. 4 

Labor
Day 

Wed.
Sept. 6 
1.3 
Truth
Tables 
3 
Mon.
Sept. 11 
1.4
 1.5 
Conditionals;
Analyzing Arguments 

Wed.
Sept. 13 
2.1
 2.2 
Sets
and Set Operations; Applications of Venn Diagrams Ch
1 hw: p.10#16,20 p.18 #14,22 pp.3031 #38,54 pp.3637 #16,26 pp.4748
#16,30 
4 
Mon.
Sept. 18 
2.3
– 2.4 
Intro
to Combinatorics; Permutations and
Combinations 

Wed.
Sept. 20 
3.1
 3.2 
History
of Probability; Basic Terms of Probability Ch
2 hw: pp.6264 #22,52 p.7174 #16,30, pp. 8081 #8,20,44 p.9395
#26,34,42 
5 
Mon.
Sept. 25 
3.3 
Basic
Rules of Probability 

Wed.
Sept. 27 
Test
One 
On
Chapter 1 & 2 
6 
Mon.
Oct. 2 
3.4 
Combinatorics
and Probability 

Wed.
Oct. 4 
3.5

Expected
Value 
7 
Mon.
Oct. 9 
3.6 
Conditional
Probability 

Mon.
Oct. 11 
4.1 
Population, Sample,
and Data (bring
compass/protractor) Ch 3 hw: p.132 #22
pp. 145146 #56,62 pp.153155 #16,56, p.166 #14 pp.171176 #16,26
pp.184185 #16,46 
8 
Mon.
Oct. 16 
4.2 
Measures
of Central Tendency 

Wed.
Oct. 18 
4.3 
Measures
of Dispersion 
9 
Mon.
Oct. 23 
4.4
&4.5 
The
Normal Distribution; Polls and Margin of Error 

Wed.
Oct. 25 
5.1
& 5.2 
Simple
Interest; Compound Interest Ch
4 hw: p.217 #16 pp.236238 #6,20 pp.248250 #6,14,16 p.271272 #14, 20
pp.282284 #16,22 
10 
Mon.
Oct. 30 
5.3 
Annuities 

Wed.
Nov. 1 
Test
Two 
On
Chapter 3 & 4 
11 
Mon.
Nov. 6 
5.4 
Amortized
Loan 

Wed.
Nov 8 
7.0 
Review
of Matrices Ch
5 hw: pp. 313314 #5,34 pp.324326 #14,36,46 pp.339342 #8,36 pp.352357
#8,14,24 
12 
Mon.
Nov. 13 
7.2 
Systems
of Linear Equations 

Wed.
Nov. 15 
9.0A 
Review
of Properties of Exponentials Ch
7 hw: p. 513515, #28, 34, 37, 40, 47 p 536537 #6, 9, 15, 22,
25. 
13 
Mon.
Nov. 20 
9.0B 
Review
of Properties of Logarithms 

Wed.
Nov. 22 
Test
Three 
On
Chapter 5 & 7 
14 
Mon.
Nov 27 
9.1
 9.2 
Exponential
Growth; Exponential Decay 

Wed.
Nov. 29 

Oral
Presentations Ch
9 hw: p.639 #10,12,42 p.653654 #6,44,64 pp.665668 #8,16 pp.683684
#14,24 
15 
Mon.
Dec. 4 

Oral
Presentations 

Wed.
Nov. 6 

Oral
Presentations 

Dec.
1115 
Final
Exam 
Check
“Class Schedule” book 