Great Basin College, Fall Semester 2006

MATH 120    E01    Fundamentals of College Mathematics

3 credits, 11:00AM-12:15PM 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 lower-division 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, 5th edition by Johnson.  In general, we will cover two to four sections a week, with an in-class exam after every two or three chapters.  Homework will be collected upon the completion of each chapter.  The class format will be lecture-based, 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 problem-solving 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: Great Basin College, 1500 College Pkwy, Elko, NV 89801

Office:              MCML Rm 132                                                                

Office hours:     Mon, Wed 2:00PM-3:15PM; Tu., Th. 9:30AM-10:45AM (in ASC)                      

Phone:                (775) 753-7081                                                  

Fax:                  (775) 738-8771

E-mail:              xunmingd@gwmail.gbcnv.edu

Class Web page:  http://www.gbcnv.edu/~dux/math120/

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS

Textbook:  Mathematics A Practical Odyssey, 5th edition, by Johnson

Scientific calculator

Compass

Protractor

Large-size 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, Make-up 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 Great Basin College catalogue for information about incomplete grades and withdrawals.

 

Any student with a disability who is requesting accommodations should contact the Student Services Office in Elko at 753-2279 as soon as possible.

 

The Free-Write Essays

These essays are short, consisting of only a paragraph or two. Even though this is a math class, for the free-writes, you are being judged entirely on how well you write and substantiate your opinion. The free-writes will be put in tests. The free-writes 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 well-written, 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 write-up 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 college-level 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

Ch. 1 & 2 Test

 

100

Essay 1

 

10

Assignment 3

 

10

Assignment 4

 

10

Ch. 3 & 4 Test

 

100

Essay 2

 

10

Assignment 5

 

10

Assignment 6

 

10

Ch. 5 & 7 Test

 

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 Holiday, No Classes

 

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.30-31 #38,54 pp.36-37 #16,26 pp.47-48 #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.62-64 #22,52 p.71-74 #16,30, pp. 80-81 #8,20,44 p.93-95 #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. 145-146 #56,62 pp.153-155 #16,56, p.166 #14 pp.171-176 #16,26 pp.184-185 #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.236-238 #6,20 pp.248-250 #6,14,16 p.271-272 #14, 20 pp.282-284 #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. 313-314 #5,34 pp.324-326 #14,36,46 pp.339-342 #8,36 pp.352-357 #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. 513-515, #28, 34, 37, 40, 47 p 536-537 #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.653-654 #6,44,64 pp.665-668 #8,16 pp.683-684 #14,24

15

Mon. Dec. 4

 

Oral Presentations

 

Wed. Nov. 6

 

Oral Presentations

 

Dec. 11-15

Final Exam

Check “Class Schedule” book