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.
Letter Grades: The final letter grades will be determined by the following scale:
A --- 90% and above
B --- 80% - 89%
C --- 70% - 79%
D --- 60% - 69%
F --- 59% and below
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.