MATH 101D   Finite Mathematics   Fall 2002

PROFESSOR: George L. Ashline

TEXTBOOK: Johnson & Mowry, Mathematics: A Practical Odyssey, third edition, Brooks/Cole Publishing Company, 1998.

CLASS MEETS: Tues, Thurs from 10 to 11:15 PM in St. Edmund's 303

OFFICE: Jeanmarie 261, Phone: 654-2434

OFFICE HOURS: M,W from 1:30 to 3 PM and T, Th from 1:30 to 2:30 PM; also, feel free to set up an appointment with me for another time.

HOME PAGE: You can access online information about this course and other courses I teach at my homepage.

CALCULATOR: You must have a scientific calculator for this class. It should have an exponent key (which will look something like yx).  It should also have a factorial key (which will look like n! or just !).  See me if you have any questions about what type of calculator you should have or how to use your calculator.   Appendix 1 in your text (pp. A1-A10) offers an overview of some of the operations you will need to perform on your calculator.

HOMEWORK: There will be problems assigned on a regular basis. Carefully doing the homework is the best way for you to prepare for quizzes and exams. It is critical that you keep up with your homework assignments. If you are having trouble with the material, try to resolve your questions promptly. Feel free to stop by my office to ask questions or discuss your situation.

GROUP PROJECTS: You may either form your own study group of two or three students or wait for me to form your group. In this course there will be group projects for which each group will turn in their own report and be graded as a group. You are encouraged to study together within your group and with other groups. Groups should be formed by Thursday, September 2.  Let me know either via e-mail or in class who your group members are.

QUIZZES: There will be quizzes on recently covered material given on a regular basis. Quizzes will be announced beforehand and are designed to be another source of feedback as to your progress in the course. Make-up quizzes will not be given and your lowest quiz score will not be counted toward your final grade.

EXAMS: There will be two in-class exams given during the semester and a comprehensive final exam. The tentative schedule for the exams is:

Exam 1 Thursday, October 10
Exam 2 Tuesday, November 26
Final Exam (cumulative) Wednesday, December 18; 9-11:30 AM

Absence from an exam without an official excuse will result in you receiving no credit for that exam. If you are aware of a conflict with any of the exam dates, let me know of this before the exam is to take place.

GRADING: Grades will be based on the group projects, quizzes, and three exams according to the following distribution:

Group projects 65 points
Quizzes 100 points
Semester Exams 100 points each
Final Exam 105 points

The lowest score among the final quiz score and two semester exams will only count half (50 points). Thus, the final grade will be based on a total of 420 points. If there are any changes made in the above information (for example, a test date being moved), it is your responsibility to know them.

LEARNING DISABILITIES: Any student having a documented learning disability that may affect the learning of mathematics is invited to consult privately with me during the first week of the semester so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY:  You are reminded of the academic integrity policy of St. Michael's College.  Simply stated, academic integrity requires that the work you complete for this class is your own.  Some examples of offenses against academic integrity include plagiarism, unauthorized assistance, interference, and interference using information technology.  Details about academic integrity offenses and the possbile sanctions resulting from them have been distributed a the beginning of the academic year and also can be found in the Associate Dean's office.

CLASS ATTENDANCE:  The following is taken from p. 27 of the St. Michael's College 1999-2001 Catalogue:

       "Students should understand that the main reasoni for attending college is to be guided in their learning activities by their professors.  This guidance takes place primarily in the classroom and the laboratory.

        The following policies have been established:

1. Members of the teaching faculty and students are expected to meet all scheduled classes unless prevented from doing so by illness or other emergencies.

2. The instructor of a course may allow absences equal to the number of class meetings per week.  Additional absences will be considered excessive.

3. The instructor may report excessive absences to the Associate Dean of the College, who may warn the student.

4. If absences continue, the Associate Dean of the College may remove the student from class with a failing grade."

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