Math 101: Mathematics for the Liberal Arts
Fall 2013, Section 02, CRN 1182

Schedule: TR 4:00pm-5:15pm
Location: Physical Science Building 228
Text: A Survey of Mathematics with Applications, by Angel, Abbott, and Runde (9th edition).

Professor: Jonathan Brown
Office: Bacon 43
Phone: 436-3720
Office Hours: Monday 12:30-2:30, Wednesday 2:00-4:00, or by appointment
Course website:

Catalog Description: Sets, logic, number theory, algebra, combinatorics, probability, statistics, coordinate geometry. Not open to Mathematics or Secondary Mathematics majors.

Course Goals and Objectives:
Acquire an understanding of basic mathematical concepts as described in the catalog.
Learn to use mathematical modeling to describe and solve applied problems.
Enhance analytical and decision making skills.

Course content:
      This course is designed to introduce you to a wide array of topics, some of which demonstrate the usefulness of mathematics in the real world, and others which demonstrate its beautiful and interesting properties. Some of these topics are extremely important for navigating the modern world, and so are mandatory: these include critical thinking skills, the mathematics of voting, and using logic, probability, and statistics. These will be covered.
      In addition to these topics, we will have some time for additional topics. I will give the students a choice of potential subjects, and we will hold a vote on which subject is covered. Some of the optional topics which may be covered are systems of numeration, number theory, geometry, mathematical systems, consumer mathematics, and graph theory.

SUNY Learning Outcomes:
Students will show competence in the following quantitative reasoning skills: arithmetic, algebra, geometry, data analysis, and quantitative reasoning.

Learning Outcome 1: Students will demonstrate the ability to interpret and draw inferences from mathematical models such as formulas, graphs, tables, and schematics.

Learning Outcome 2: Students will demonstrate the ability to represent mathematical information symbolically, visually, numerically, and verbally.

Learning Outcome 3: Students will demonstrate the ability to employ quantitative methods such as arithmetic, algebra,geometry, or statistics to solve problems.

Learning Outcome 4: Students will demonstrate the ability to estimate and check mathematical results for reasonableness.

Learning Outcome 5: Students will demonstrate the ability to recognize the limits of mathematical and statistical methods.

Group Work: 15%
Homework: 20%
3 in class exams: 15% each
Final: 20%

Your letter grade will be determined from the following heuristic:
A : 93 - 100
A-: 90 - 92.99
B+: 87 - 89.99
B : 83 - 86.99
B-: 80 - 82.99
C+: 77 - 79.99
C :73 - 76.99
C-: 70 - 72.99
D+: 67 - 69.99
D : 63 - 66.99
D-: 60 - 62.99
E : 0 - 59.99

Group Work: There will be a group work assignment about once a week. Each student in the group is responsible for ensuring that the entire group understands the problem and its solution. A single copy of the solution will be submitted for the group.

Homework: Most weeks I will assign 10-20 homework problems from the text, which will be collected and graded. The list of problems assigned so far is available on the course website. I will announce in class when a new assignment is posted.

Tentative Exam Schedule:
Exam 1: September 26
Exam 2: October 31
Exam 3: December 5

Final Exam Schedule:
Thursday December 19, 2:00pm - 4:30am.

Calculators: You may use a simple 5-function calculator (with addition,subtraction,multiplication, division, and roots) or scientific calculators; but graphing calculators will not be permitted. You may not use any other device such as a phone or computer that has a calculator app.

Attendance Policy: Missing class is a very bad idea. Anyone who misses more than 25% of classes starting in week 2 may be removed from the course.

Emergency Evacuation Procedures: In the event of an emergency evacuation, classes meeting in this building are directed to reassemble in the Chase Gymnasium so that all persons can be accounted for. Complete details of the College's emergency evacuation, shelter-in-place, and other emergency procedures can be found at

ADA (American with Disabilities Act): Students Diagnosed with a Disability, all individuals who are diagnosed with a disability are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. As such, you may be entitled to certain accommodations within this class. If you are diagnosed with a disability, please make and appointment to meet with Student Disability Services, 209 Alumni Hall, ext. 2137. All students with the necessary supporting documentation will be provided appropriate accommodations as determined by the SDS Office.