Great Basin College, Fall Semester 2007

MATH 120    E01    Fundamentals of College Mathematics

3 credits, 11:00AM-12:15PM Mon., Wed. Room: MCML 221, Call 13008

 

INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION

Instructor:        Xunming Du        Address: Great Basin College, 1500 College Pkwy, Elko, NV 89801

Office:              MCML Room 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/

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 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, 6th edition by Johnson.  In general, we will cover two to four sections a week, with in-class tests after every two chapters.  Homework is due upon the completion of each chapter on Thompson Web Site.  The course key is E-2HSHNHPGENBCC. Students must enroll in the course with the key at www.thomsonedu.com/thomsonnow/student. 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.

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS

Textbook:  Mathematics A Practical Odyssey, 6th 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 1st. 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, 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 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 free-write, you are being judged entirely on how well you write and substantiate your opinion. The free-write is 30 points. 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 is based on your written Free-Write 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 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

Sample Assignment

 

10

Assignment 1

 

25

Assignment 2

 

25

Ch. 1 & 2 Test

 

50

Assignment 3

 

25

Assignment 4

 

25

Ch. 3 & 4 Test

 

50

Assignment 5

 

25

Assignment 6

 

25

Ch. 5 & 7 Test

 

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 Holiday, No Classes

 

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. 10-14

Final Exam

Check “Class Schedule” book