MATH 107-01, Spring 2014

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Instructor: Jake Wildstrom
Office: Natural Sciences Building 113
Primary office hours: Monday 15:30–16:30, Tuesday 14:00–15:00
Secondary office hours: Wednesday 15:30–16:30, R13:00–14:00, and by appointment
Phone number: (502)852-5845 (x5845)
Chad Money
Office: Natural Sciences Building 320
Office hours: W13–14, R9–10
Phone number: (502)852-6240 (x6240)
Carlos Paniagua Mejia
Office: Natural Sciences Building 213
Office hours: T12–13
Phone number: (502)852-7012 (x7012)
Timothy Pervenecki
Office: Natural Sciences Building 321A
Office hours: W11–12
Phone number: (502)852-6022 (x6022)
Lecture: MW 14:00–15:15 in Davidson Hall 109.
Recitation: W 12:00–12:50 in Natural Sciences Building 317, 13:00–13:50 in Natural Sciences Building 128, or 13:00–13:50 in Lutz Hall 321.
Prerequisites: Appropriate placement score or equivalent coursework in algebra.
Textbook: Finite Mathematics, twelfth edition, by Barney, Ziegler, and Byleen.
Learning Outcomes: Students who complete this course will be expected to manipulate and solve systems of linear equations with and without matrix arithmetic; solve and interpret linear inequalities; perform set operations; calculate and interpret probabilities; and utilize Markov chains. All of these skills will be tested on real-world applications and exercised with regard specifically to critical thinking objectives.
General Education Content: MATH 107 is a general education course. This course satisfies the university general education requirement in the mathematics content area. Students who satisfy this requirement will demonstrate that they are able to do all of the following: represent mathematical information symbolically, visually, and numerically; use arithmetic and geometric models to solve problems; interpet mathematical models such as formulas, graphs, and tables; estimate and check answers to mathematical problems, determining reasonableness and correctness of solutions.
Calculators: You may use a four-function or scientific calculator, but graphing calculators are not permitted. You are expected to show your work in setting up problems, however, and answers without sufficient work will not receive full credit.
Responsibilities: You are responsible for attending class and recitation sections on a regular basis and maintaining comprehension of the scheduled class objectives through full comprehension of the material presented, supplemented by readings from the text. You are expected to participate in class, raising questions as necessary. Grades are based on assessments and attendance on assessment days in mandatory. Assignments are provided for your benefit and you are expected to work on them as necessary.
Special needs: Any scheduled absence during a quiz or examination, or any other special needs, must be brought to my attention during the first week of class. Unscheduled absences will be handled on a case-by-case basis, with exceptions generally made only for documented emergencies.
Honesty: There are many resources available to help you succeed in this class, including consultation with the professor and TAs during office hours and cooperation with other students. It is important, however, that all papers handed in be the result of your individual comprehension of the course material. Duplication of others' work is both a disservice to your own education and a serious violation of the university's academic honesty policy.
Grades: Homework is ungraded and is provided for study purposes. Quizzes will be based on the homework problems, and will account for 20% of your grade. The three midterm examinations and the comprehensive final examination are each worth 20% of your grade. A 90% overall guarantees a grade of A–, 80% guarantees a B–, and 70% guarantees a C–.
Changes: The syllabus is subject to change. Changes will be announced in class and updated online.

Course schedule

This schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Week Monday Wednesday
January 6
Very cold day
January 8
Section 4.1
January 13
Section 4.2
January 15
Section 4.3
Quiz #1
January 20
MLK Holiday
January 22
Section 4.4
Quiz #2
January 27
Section 4.5
January 29
Section 4.6
Quiz #3
February 3
Section 4.7
February 5
Exam #1
February 10
Section 5.1
February 12
Section 5.2
Quiz #4
February 17
Section 5.3
February 19
Section 7.1
Quiz #5
February 24
Section 7.2
February 26
Section 7.3
Quiz #6
March 3
Section 7.4
March 5
Section 8.1
Quiz #7
March 10–16
Spring break
March 17
Section 8.2
March 19
Exam #2
March 24
Section 8.3
March 26
Section 8.4
Quiz #8
March 31
Section 8.5
April 2
Section 11.5
Quiz #9
April 7
Section 9.1
April 9
Section 9.2
Quiz #10
April 14
Section 9.3
April 16
Exam #3
April 21
April 23
Final exam, 14:30–17:00

Schedule of assignments through Exam #1

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