Contemporary Mathematics

Course Details

Course Number: Math 1053  Section Number: 202

Spring 2013

Location: Bolin Hall

Classroom Number: 309

Days & Times:

M W F 11:00 - 11:50

Course Attachments

  m1053 202 Spring 2013.syl-20130107-135843.doc


Excursions in Modern Mathematics
Seventh Edition by Peter Tannenbaum
  ISBN: 13:978-0-321-64476-3

MSU Faculty Member
Dr. David Tucker   
view Profile »

Course Objectives

A survey of the use of mathematics in the modern world.  Topics include:  theory of elections,  apportionment, and fair division; use of graphs to solve the  postman problem, the traveling salesman problem, minimum cost networks problems, and scheduling problems; and introduction to statistics

Course Expectations

Prerequisites : MATH 1003, math THEA score of 270, math Accuplacer score of 90, or satisfactory score on placement exam

Each student will need to have a calculator available for some of the material of the course.  A four-function calculator with a square root (/) key will suffice.

 Each student must purchase an access key to MyLab/Mastering, a course presentation system provided by Pearson Publishing Company.  The key may be purchased through the campus bookstore, or directly at  The homework assignments will be done online, although quizzes and unit tests will be done in class.

The access key provides access to an electronic version of the text.  Students may wish to purchase a hard copy too.

To enroll in the on-line course use the course code  tucker94389    and the zip code   76308

The course is broken up into three units, each consisting of four chapters from the text.  They are:

Unit 1     Social Choice                   Chapters 1 through 4

Unit 2     Management Science     Chapters 5 through 8

Unit 3     Statistics                            Chapters 13 through 16

Graded work in each unit consists of a homework set and a quiz for each chapter of the unit, followed by a unit test over the entire unit (all four chapters).    Homework assignments should be completed before taking the chapter quiz.   However, students may redo homework problems after taking quizzes or tests to improve homework grades.  All homework assignments must be completed no later than the day of the final exam.

Grading Standards

Each unit will be weighted equally in the final grade


There are three graded components to the course:

Component                 Weight

Homework                        10%

Quizzes                              15%

Unit tests                           75%

All chapter homework assignments will be used to determine the homework score, but only the highest three quizzes out of the four in each unit will be used to determine the over-all quiz score.

The following grade scale will be used to determine the final grade for the course

Percentage               Grade

90 - 100%                     A

80 -  89%                      B

70 -  79%                      C

60 -  69%                      D

 0 -  59%                       F

Final Exam5/6/2013  10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Submission Format Policy

All hoework is done on MyLab/Mastering on the web. 

Quizzes will be answered on the paper provided by the instructor. 

Unit tests will be multiple choice and each student must provide a long Scantron form for each test, and use a pencil to fill out the form.  Any changes must be made by erasing the incorrect answer neatly and completely.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Students should finish each homework assignment by the homework due date listed on the syllabus given below.


    Homework           Homework
Day Date Chapter Due Date     Day Date Chapter Due Date
Mon 14-Jan 1       Mon 18-Mar 7  
Wed 16-Jan 1       Wed 20-Mar 8 Chapter 7
Fri 18-Jan 1       Fri 22-Mar 8  
Mon 21-Jan MLK Day No Class     Mon 25-Mar 8  
Wed 23-Jan 1       Wed 27-Mar 13 Chapter 8
Fri 25-Jan 2 Chapter 1     Fri 29-Mar Easter Break No Class
Mon 28-Jan 2       Mon 1-Apr 13  
Wed 30-Jan 2       Wed 3-Apr Unit 2 Test
Fri 1-Feb 3 Chapter 2     Fri 5-Apr 13  
Mon 4-Feb 3       Mon 8-Apr 13  
Wed 6-Feb 3       Wed 10-Apr 14 Chapter 13
Fri 8-Feb 4 Chapter 3     Fri 12-Apr 14  
Mon 11-Feb 4       Mon 15-Apr 14  
Wed 13-Feb 4       Wed 17-Apr 15 Chapter 14
Fri 15-Feb 5 Chapter 4     Fri 19-Apr 15  
Mon 18-Feb Unit 1 Test       Mon 22-Apr 15  
Wed 20-Feb 5       Wed 24-Apr 15  
Fri 22-Feb 5       Fri 26-Apr 16 Chapter 15
Mon 25-Feb 5       Mon 29-Apr 16  
Wed 27-Feb 6 Chapter 5     Wed 1-May 16  
Fri 1-Mar 6       Fri 3-May 16 Chapter 16
Mon 4-Mar 6              
Wed 6-Mar 7 Chapter 6     Wed 8-May Final Exam
Fri 8-Mar 7       10:30 - 12:30     Unit 3 Test  


Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

2012-2014 Midwestern State University Undergraduate Catalog (page 71)

Class Attendance. "Students are expected to attend all meetings of the classes in which they are enrolled...  A student with excessive absences may be dropped from the course by the instructor."  (Read the intervening part in the MSU Undergraduate Catalog, Volume LXXIX, Number 1, 2012-2014).


 Note: If a justifiable or authorized absence should occur, it is the responsibility of the student to make up all work missed.  If a student misses a scheduled exam, he/she must be prepared to take the test immediately upon returning to class, or else no makeup will be given and the grade on the exam will be a zero. If a student knows in advance that he/she will miss an exam, every effort should be made to notify the instructor of this situation prior to the exam.  An "absence" is defined as not being physically present in the classroom for the entire period.  A student who comes in late or leaves early may be counted absent for the class period.



Other Policies


Electronic Communication During Class:  Students may not use cell phones, computers, ipads, tablets  or other electronic devices to communicate with other individuals inside or outside of the classroom.  

Any student found using any device other than a calculator during a test will be considered to be cheating, and will be subject to receiving a zero on the assignment.  Cell phones are not acceptable for calculators on exams.

Students may use cell phones or cameras to copy material on the board, but electronic communication during class is not permitted. 

Students may use personal computers to take notes during class, but again, communication with other people, surfing the web, playing games, or working on assignments for other classes is not permitted during this class.  At the teacher's sole discretion, a device capable of electronic communication may be confiscated for the remainder of the class period.

Entering the class late or leaving the class early is a disturbance to the other students and to the teacher.    Each student is expected to treat the other students and the teacher with respect.  Any student who is being disruptive to the class may be asked to leave the classroom and will be counted absent for that day.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.