MATH 105, Section 09±2, Fall 2017

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Instructor: Jake Wildstrom
Office: Natural Sciences Building 113
Primary office hours: Tuesday 17:30–18:30, Wednesday 12:00–13:00
Secondary office hours: Wednesday 13:00–14:00, Friday 11:00–12:00, and by appointment
Phone number: (502)852-5845 (x5845)
Jordan Bennett
Office: Natural Sciences Building TBA
Office hours: TBA
Reed Cohen
Office: Natural Sciences Building TBA
Office hours: TBA
Lecture: Tuesday and Thursday 16:00–17:15 in Natural Sciences 112.
Recitation: Wednesday 14:00–14:50 in Natural Sciences 212E or 317, 15:00–15:50 in Natural Sciences 110, or 16:00–16:50 in Natural Sciences 212E or 108.
Prerequisites: Appropriate placement score or equivalent coursework.
Special notes: This course does not meet the specific mathematics requirements of some majors, and is not a prerequisite for any other math course.
Textbook: Topics in Contemporary Mathematics, sixth edition, by Wiley Williams, ISBN 1-4652-7717-X.
Learning Goals: In this class, we will use mathematical modeling to solve practical problems, with applications to management science, social choice, and personal finance. This course fulfills a General Education requirement in Mathematics. One goal of the course will be to practice critical thinking skills. Key elements of critical thinking include: identifying the question or problem, developing an abstraction or model, and drawing practical conclusions based on theoretical analysis.
General Education Content: MATH 105 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, algebraic, 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: Students are expected to have, and to be able to use, a calculator with the ability to do logarithms and exponents. Almost all scientific and graphing calculators have these abilities. If you do not already possess such a device, the FX-300MS, TI-30X IIS, and TI-30XA (among many other devices) are inexpensive and suitable. Students may not share calculators or use calculator functions of multipurpose devices (e.g. cellphones, laptops, tablets) during assessments. If you are not familiar with the operation of a calculator or uncertain as to whether a certain calculator will suffice, please speak with the instructor or a TA.
Responsibilities: You are responsible for attending class on a regular basis and maintaining comprehension of the scheduled class objectives for each day. You are expected to be active participants in class, and to attend the scheduled quizzes and examinations in your scheduled recitation section, and to complete the projects in a timely fashion. Assignments are provided for your benefit and you are expected to work on them for your own benefit in order to grasp concepts for the course.
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 outside resources available to help you succeed in this class, including consultation 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 each be worth 15 points. The four midterm examinations will each be worth 100 points, and the two projects will each be worth 50 points. A 90% (572 points) overall guarantees a grade of A– or better, 80% (508 points) guarantees a B– or better, and 70% (445 points) guarantees a C– or better.
Title IX/Clery Act Notification: Sexual misconduct (including sexual harassment, sexual assault, and any other nonconsensual behavior of a sexual nature) and sex discrimination violate University policies. Students experiencing such behavior may obtain confidential support from the PEACC Program (502-852-2663), Counseling Center (502-852-6585), and Campus Health Services (502-852-6479). To report sexual misconduct or sex discrimination, contact the Dean of Students (502-852-5787) or University of Louisville Police (502-852-6111). Disclosure to University faculty or instructors of sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, or sex discrimination occurring on campus, in a University-sponsored program, or involving a campus visitor or University student or employee (whether current or former) is not confidential under Title IX. Faculty and instructors must forward such reports, including names and circumstances, to the University's Title IX officer. For more information, see the Sexual Misconduct Resource Guide.
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; however, assessment dates and due dates will not be changed, barring exceptional circumstances.

Week Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
August 22nd
Section 1.1
August 23rd
First recitation
August 24th
Sections 1.2, 1.3
August 29th
Section 1.4
August 30th
Quiz #1
August 31st
Sections 1.5, 1.6
September 5th
Sections 1.7, 1.8
September 6th
Quiz #2
September 7th
Section 2.1
September 12th
Section 2.2
September 13th
Exam #1
September 14th
Section 2.3
September 19th
Section 2.4
September 20th
Quiz #3
September 21st
Sections 2.5, 2.6
September 26th
Section 2.7
September 27th
Quiz #4
September 28th
Section 3.1
October 3rd
Section 3.1
October 4th
Exam #2
October 5th
Section 3.2
October 10th
Mid-term break
October 11th
Quiz #5
October 12th
Section 3.2
Project #1 due
October 17th
Section 3.2
October 18th
Quiz #6
October 19th
Section 4.1
October 24th
Section 4.2
October 25th
Exam #3
October 26th
Section 4.2
October 31st
Section 4.3
November 1st
Quiz #7
November 2nd
Section 4.3
November 7th
Section 4.4
November 8th
Quiz #8
November 9th
Section 4.5
November 14th
Section 4.6
November 15th
Quiz #9
November 16th
Section 4.6
November 21st
Section 4.7
November 22nd–26th
November 28th
November 29th
Exam #4
November 30th
December 5th
Reading day
Exam period, no classes

Schedule of assignments

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