Course Subjects: Problem solving techniques and strategies using patterns, logic, number theory, algebra, geometry, combinatorics, strategy games, and network theory.
Text: Crossing the River with Dogs Problem Solving for College Students, by Johnson, Herr and Kysh
Calculator: A graphing calculator is recommended. However, there will be times on quizzes and exams when the use of a calculator is prohibited.
Course Evaluation: Suggested homework problems will be assigned but not graded. Instead, the material in the homework will be evaluated by a variety of methods: announced/pop/take-home quizzes, short student presentations (board work), and student participation in small groups. The quizzes/presentations/group work will count as 10% of the final grade. Next, there will be a Problem Solving Journal that will count as 10% of the final grade. Also, there will also be three In-class Exams which will each count as 20% of the final grade. Finally, there will be a cumulative Final Exam which will count as 20% of the final grade.
Test Dates: Please note that the following test dates are tentative and may be changed (except for the scheduled date of the final). Any change will be announced in a timely manner.
Exam I --- Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Exam II --- Monday, October 25, 2010
Exam III --- Monday, November 22, 2010
Make-ups for exams and quizzes will only be allowed for a university approved excuse in writing. Wherever possible, students should inform the instructor before an exam or quiz is missed.
Students with Disabilities: Students with disabilities need to contact the Disability Support Services Office at (940) 397-4140 or in the Clark Student Center, Room 168. For the telecommunication device for the deaf, call (940) 397-4515.
MSU Student Handbook and Activities Calendar: Students should refer to the current MSU Student Handbook and Activities Calendar for university policies on Academic Dishonesty, Attendance, Student Rights and Activities.