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).
Office: Bacon 43
Office Hours: Monday 12:30-2:30, Wednesday 2:00-4:00, or by appointment
Course website: http://employees.oneonta.edu/brownjs/f13/101
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
Enhance analytical and decision making skills.
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
Learning Outcome 5:
Students will demonstrate the ability to recognize the limits of mathematical and statistical methods.
Group Work: 15%
3 in class exams: 15% each
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.
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.
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.
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.