Mathematics 130 (3 credit hours)
THE NATURE OF MATHEMATICS
http://www.utm.edu/~caldwell/classes/130/
 

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Teacher:
Dr. Caldwell, office 429 Holt Humanities, phone 7336.  Department office 7360.  Email: caldwell@utm.edu.
Text:
Mathematics--A Practical Odyssey (fourth edition), Johnson and Mowry, PWS Publishing.
Syllabus:
A copy of the departmental course syllabus (with course outline and objectives) can be viewed in my office or on the web.
Grading:
The course grade will be determined as follows.
  •   20%  quizzes (daily five minute quizzes)
  •   60%  tests (4 or 5 fifty minute tests)
  •   20%  final (the final is comprehensive) 
Letter grades will be assigned as follows: 
 
90-100% A, 80-89% B, 70-79% C, 60-69% D, 0-59% F.

No WF's will be given.  Students dropping after the WD period will receive a WP.  The grade of I is given very rarely and only in cases of emergency (and never just to temporarily improve your GPA).

Tests & Final:
The homework, quizzes and classroom examples indicate the type of problems that will be on the tests.  No make-up tests.  If you miss a test, you will be given the average of the following tests and final.  The final will be comprehensive.  Review for the final by studying the hour tests and the homework.  You may not leave the room during any test.  I have several sample tests available on-line.
Homework:
Mathematics is like every other sport: "no pain, no gain"; or in our case: "no homework, no pass." The homework will not be collected, but if you do not do the homework, you will not do well on the quizzes or the tests, so you will not pass the class.  Click the button on the right for a list of our daily homework.
Attendance:
Attendance is mandatory and is enforced through the quiz policy.
Calculators:
You will need a calculator that has the functions LOG(X), LN(X) and an inverse button.  Students may not share calculators during tests!  The TI's (especially the 83+) work quite well, but a graphing calculator is not required.
Quizzes:
We will start most days with a brief "quiz" (usually less than five minutes).  This will usually be one problem directly from the previous night's homework.  You will be allowed to use your notes, but not your book.  If you have attended class and done all the homework, the quiz points should be automatic!  These quizzes will be graded on a four-point scale: one point for your name, four points for the correct answer, and two or three for a partially correct answer.  If you miss the day, or are too late, you will get a zero.  If you cheat, you will get a negative score.

The three lowest scores will be dropped.  All of your remaining quiz points will be added, then converted into a percentage score.  Exceptions will be made for appropriate excuses, but you must let me know within two weeks and provide documentation.

Extra credit:
None.
Questions:
If you have any questions: 
  • Ask in class
  • Study with a friend.
  • Drop by my office (office hours are posted on my door).
  • Ask in the MATH LAB: MTWTh 9-4 in B11A, 4-9 in 408H
  • Find a private tutor (list in Math department office 424H)