MATH 120 E01 Fundamentals of College
Mathematics
3 credits, 11:00AM12:15PM Mon., Wed. Room:
MCML 221, Call 13008
INSTRUCTOR
INFORMATION
Instructor:
Xunming Du
Address:
Office:
MCML Room 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/
THOMSON
Web Site: www.thomsonedu.com/login
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
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.
REQUIRED
MATERIALS
Textbook: Mathematics A Practical Odyssey,
6^{th} edition, by Johnson
Scientific
calculator
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.
Assignments,
Tests and the Final Exam
In
order to get familiar with the style of our assignments, please do the sample
quiz and submit it by 11:55PM on Saturday, September 1^{st}. Now matter
how you do on the sample assignment, you will get 10 points. Students can stop
taking an assignment and resume later. You must submit your assignment by
11:55PM by Saturday evening of the specified week. Each assignment starts to be
available from 8:00 AM on Tuesday of the specified week. You may complete and
submit each assignment three times. The highest score will be chosen as your
grade of the assignment. If you choose to submit once for your assignment, the
score on that one attempt will be your grade for the assignment. The score will
be released once all the questions have been graded.
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.
GRADING
The
sample assignment is worth 10 points. Grades will be based on six homework
assignments (25 points each), two tests (50points each), one essays (30 points
each), an oral presentation (20 points) and the final Exam (100 points). There
are a total of 410 points possible. Note:
There are seven homework assignments, but the assignment with the lowest
score will be dropped from your final grade total. Late homework assignment 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
Essay
There is an essay due by
Wednesday, November 21. The essay consists of a page or two. Even though this is
a math class, for the freewrite, you are being judged entirely on how well you
write and substantiate your opinion. The freewrite is 30 points. 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 is based on your written FreeWrite Essay. The presentation is
worth 20 points. You will be graded on the following:
1.
Knowledge
of subject matter pertaining to the problem
2.
Effective
presentation of your materials
3.
Rapport
with audience
ACADEMIC
DISHONESTY
The
University and Community College System of Nevada expressly forbids all forms of
academic dishonesty, including (but not limited to) all forms of cheating,
copying, and plagiarism. Students who are discovered cheating will be assigned
zero points for the course, and will be brought to the GBC academic officers for
prosecution.
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 
Sample
Assignment 

10 
Assignment
1 

25 
Assignment
2 

25 


50 
Assignment
3 

25 
Assignment
4 

25 


50 
Assignment
5 

25 
Assignment
6 

25 


50 
Assignment
7 

25 
Essay 

30 
Oral
Presentation 

20 
Final
Exam 

100 
Total 

410 
Ave
= (your total points)/(total points
possible)
SCHEDULE
OF EVENTS
Week 
Date 
Section(s) 
Topic 
1 
Mon.
Aug. 27 
1.1 
Deductive
vs. Inductive Reasoning 

Wed.
Aug. 29 
1.2 
Symbolic
Logic 
2 
Mon.
Sept. 3 

Labor
Day 

Wed.
Sept. 5 
1.3 
Truth
Tables 
3 
Mon.
Sept. 10 
1.4
 1.5 
Conditionals;
Analyzing Arguments 

Wed.
Sept. 12 
2.1
 2.2 
Sets
and Set Operations; Applications of Venn Diagrams Assignment
One is Due on Thomson by Saturday, Sept.
15 
4 
Mon.
Sept. 17 
2.3
– 2.4 
Intro
to Combinatorics; Permutations and
Combinations 

Wed.
Sept. 19 
3.1
 3.2 
History
of Probability; Basic Terms of Probability Assignment
Two is Due on Thomson by Saturday, Sept.
22 
5 
Mon.
Sept. 24 
3.3 
Basic
Rules of Probability 

Wed.
Sept. 26 
Test
One 
On
Chapter 1 & 2 
6 
Mon.
Oct. 1 
3.4 
Combinatorics
and Probability 

Wed.
Oct. 3 
3.5

Expected
Value 
7 
Mon.
Oct. 8 
3.6 
Conditional
Probability 

Wed.
Oct. 10 
4.1 
Population, Sample,
and Data (bring
compass/protractor) Assignment Three is
Due on Thomson by Saturday, Oct. 13 
8 
Mon.
Oct. 15 
4.2 
Measures
of Central Tendency 

Wed.
Oct. 17 
4.3 
Measures
of Dispersion 
9 
Mon.
Oct. 22 
4.4
&4.5 
The
Normal Distribution; Polls and Margin of Error 

Wed.
Oct. 24 
5.1
& 5.2 
Simple
Interest; Compound Interest Assignment
Four is Due on Thomson by Saturday, Oct. 27 
10 
Mon.
Oct. 29 
5.3 
Annuities 

Wed.
Oct. 31 
Test
Two 
On
Chapter 3 & 4 
11 
Mon.
Nov. 5 
5.4 
Amortized
Loan 

Wed.
Nov 7 
7.1 
Place
System Assignment
Five is Due on Thomson By Saturday, Nov. 10 
12 
Mon.
Nov. 12 
7.2 
Arithmetic
in Different Bases 

Wed.
Nov. 14 
9.0A 
Review
of Properties of Exponentials Assignment
Six on Chapter Seven is Due by Saturday, Nov.
17 
13 
Mon.
Nov. 19 
9.0B 
Review
of Properties of Logarithms 

Wed.
Nov. 21 
Test
Three 
On
Chapter 5 & 7 
14 
Mon.
Nov 26 
9.1
 9.2 
Exponential
Growth; Exponential Decay 

Wed.
Nov. 28 

Oral
Presentations Assignment
Seven on Chapter Nine is Due by Saturday, Nov. Dec. 1 
15 
Mon.
Dec. 3 

Oral
Presentations 

Wed.
Nov. 5 

Oral
Presentations 

Dec.
1014 
Final
Exam 
Check
“Class Schedule” book 