Introductory College Mathematics

Catalog
Description
Covers various topics of mathematics that are both conceptual and practical.
Course is designed to enable a student to appreciate mathematics and its
application to numerous disciplines and professions.
Prerequisites MATH 1050 or equivalent competence .
Course
Level
Learning
Outcomes
• Students will be able to solve linear inequalities to find optimal mixtures
of resources under several constraints using the principles of linear
programming
• Students will be able to calculate simple and compound interest and to
compare finance charges for various types of loans
• Students will be able to prepare an amortization table for financing a car
or home
• Students will be able to find the future value of annuities
• Students will be able to model population growth and decay
• Students will be able to gather and organize the data to create various
• Students will be able to identify biased and unbiased samples
• Students will be able to compute the three simple averages mean, median,
and mode
• Students will be able to compute the standard deviation and use it to
define confidence intervals
• Students will be able to compute probability of events in simple
experiments
• Students will be able to compute expected values for the probability
model
• Students will be able to use modular arithmetic in simple cryptography
examples
General
Education
Criteria
This course has General Education Coding for MTH (Mathematics) and
CRI (Critical Thinking).

This course has General Education Coding for MTH (Mathematics). It must
therefore meet the following criteria:

• Student learns to explore, conjecture and reason logically
• Student learns a variety of mathematical methods effectively to solve non-routine problem
• Student learns to judge the role of mathematical reasoning in real-life situations.
• Student learns to communicate mathematically.

This course has General Education Coding for CRI (Critical Thinking).
It must therefore meet the following criteria:

• Student learns a systematic approach to thinking
• Student learns how to examine arguments by identifying, analyzing, and
evaluating claims and the evidence offered in support of these claims
• Student learns about inquiry process, not content
• Student learns though active participation

• A, A- superior work in the opinion of the instructor
• B+, B, B- good work in the opinion of the instructor
• C+, C, C- satisfactory work in the opinion of the instructor
• D+, D passing, but less than satisfactory work in the opinion of the instructor
• I incomplete work in the opinion of the instructor
• ZF An incomplete which was not completed within one year of the end of the course
• F unsatisfactory work in the opinion of the instructor; no credit is granted
• W withdrawn from the course
• IP course in progress
• NR not reported for the course
• Z a temporary designation given by the registrar indicating that the final grade has not
been submitted by the instructor. When the final grade is filed in the Office of the
Registrar, that grade will replace the Z.
 **Quizzes 7 at 20 points each = 140 38% *Assignments 7 at 10 points each = 70 19% *Presentations 2 at 30 points each = 60 16% *Final Exam = 100 points 27% 355 points 100%
Activities *Textbook and calculator required
*Attendance is important. Please let me know if you need to miss a class. You
will be required to make up all material missed.
*Questions are encouraged. The sooner material is understood the sooner you
can move forward in the class material.
*Study groups are important . Each member benefits from explaining and
listening to explanations of problems.
Policy
Statements:
University
Policies
University policies are provided in the current course catalog and course
schedules. They are also available on the university website. This class is
governed by the university’s published policies. The following policies are of
particular interest:

The university is committed to high standards of academic honesty. Students
will be held responsible for violations of these standards. Please refer to the
dishonesty and potential disciplinary actions associated with it.

Drops and Withdrawals
Please be aware that, should you choose to drop or withdraw from this
course, the date on which you notify the university of your decision will
determine the amount of tuition refund you receive. Please refer to the
university policies on drops and withdrawals (published elsewhere) to find
out what the deadlines are for dropping a course with a full refund and for
withdrawing from a course with a partial refund.

Special Services
If you have registered as a student with a documented disability and are
entitled to classroom or testing accommodations, please inform the instructor
at the beginning of the course of the accommodations you will require in this
class so that these can be provided.

Disturbances
Since every student is entitled to full participation in class without
interruption, disruption of class by inconsiderate behavior is not acceptable.
Students are expected to treat the instructor and other students with dignity
and respect, especially in cases where a diversity of opinion arises. Students
who engage in disruptive behavior are subject to disciplinary action,
including removal from the course .

Student Assignments Retained
From time to time, student assignments or projects will be retained by The
Department for the purpose of academic assessment. In every case, should
the assignment or project be shared outside the academic Department, the
student's name and all identifying information about that student will be
redacted from the assignment or project.

Contact Hours for this Course
It is essential that all classes meet for the full instructional time as scheduled.
A class cannot be shortened in length. If a class session is cancelled for any
reason, it must be rescheduled.

Course
Policies
• This syllabus may be revised at the discretion of the instructor without the
prior notification or consent of the student.
Weekly
Schedule
 Course Schedule Week 1: March 18 Solving equations , graphing linear equations, solving systems of equations, graphing inequalities Week 2: March 25 Linear constraints and linear programming, interest and loans Week 3: April 1 Amortized loans, annuities and sinking funds Week 4: April 8 Computing probabilities in simple intervals, tree diagrams and expected value Week 5:April 15 Growth and radioactive decay, Probability project Week 6: April 22 Organizing and graphing data, comparison of graphs, scatter plots Week 7: April 29 Collecting and interpreting data, calculate measures of central tendency and variability Week 8: May 6 Normal distribution and confidence intervals, Statistics Project Week 9: May 13 Final, Cryptography Activity