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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
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.
This course is designed for distance education students who do not come to campus, although registration is not limited to those students. The graded exercises (homework, quizzes, and tests) are all done on-line. If a student is in the local area, tests will be taken on campus in Bolin 109 with arrangements made through the instructor of the course.
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 pearsonmylabandmastering.com.
The access key provides access to an electronic version of the text. Some students may wish to purchase a hard copy too.
To enroll in the on-line course use the course code tucker74356 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 14 through 17
Graded work in each unit consists of a homework sets for each section and a chapter quiz for each chapter of the unit, followed by a unit test over the entire unit. Suggested due dates are listed in the section on Late Papers and should be used as a guideline for proper progress in the course. Homework assignments should be completed before taking the chapter quiz, and all homework and quiz assignments for the unit should be completed before taking the unit test. However, students may redo homework problems after taking quizzes or tests to improve homework grades, and there will be three opportunities to take each quiz.
All graded work must be completed no later than 11:59 PM Wednesday May 7, 2014
To receive a grade other than F in the course, all unit tests must be completed by the above date.
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%
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
All work is done on MyLab/Mastering on the web
Students may work at their own pace, but should try to stay with the due dates below for each assignment to be sure to finish the course.
All Assignments will be made available from the beginning of the course, and students may complete any or all work early, if desired
Friday Jan 24 Finish Chapter 1 homework and quiz
Friday Jan 31 Finish Chapter 2 homework and quiz
Friday Feb 7 Finish Chapter 3 homework and quiz
Friday Feb 14 Finish Chapter 4 homework and quiz
Monday Feb 17 Unit 1 Test
Wednesday Feb 26 Finish Chapter 5 homework and quiz
Wednesday Mar 5 Finish Chapter 6 homework and quiz
Wednesday Mar 12 Finish Chapter 7 homework and quiz
Wednesday Mar 25 Finish Chapter 8 homework and quiz
Friday Mar 28 Unit 2 Test
Wednesday Apr 9 Finish Chapter 14 homework and quiz
Wednesday Apr 16 Finish Chapter 15 homework and quiz
Friday Apr 25 Finish Chapter 16 homework and quiz
Friday May 2 Finish Chapter 17 homework and quiz
Wednesday May 7 Unit 3 Test
On-line at the student's convenience. MyLab/Mastering is available 24 hours a day, in general. Students should pay attention to system announcements because the system is occasionally down for maintenance and upgrades, and you do not want to be caught unaware.
Included in the course information is an outline that is designed to keep the student progressing through the course at a pace to assure completion of the coursework by the final date. The instructor recognizes that many students signing up for on-line courses have work or family obligations that interfere with regular coursework. However, there is a lot of material in this course, so each student needs to avoid long periods of inactivity in this course. Students are welcome to work ahead and finish the course as soon as they can, but the May 7, 2014 date for completion of the course is set in stone. Students cannot receive an incomplete at the end of the course. Midwestern State University has set Monday March 10, 2014 as the last day to drop the course without receiving a failing grade (the grade of "W" will be given to those students who drop the course on or before that date).
A guideline for checking your progress is that you should try to complete each unit by the date suggested below:
Unit 1: Monday March 17, 2014
Unit 2: Friday March 28, 2014
Unit 3: Wed May 7, 2014
Course Information: Although the format of this course is web-based, the content, the goals, and the objectives remain the same as a traditional course taught in a classroom setting. Each student should note the following:
1. Responsibility for learning the material and demonstrating it on assignments is totally on the student. This is particularly trune in a distance learning course, since the student has very limited access to the teacher
2. Mathematics is only learned through doing problems and careful reading of the text. There are no shortcuts. Although different from college algebra in that most of the operations only involve addition, multiplication, and counting, this course involves a number of “algorithms” which require the student to follow a very specific set of steps to arrive at the final answer
3. The importance of precise definitions cannot be over-emphasized. Each chapter has a set of terms (a list can be found at the end of the chapter), and those terms are vital to the understanding of the material
4. In the same way, each chapter involves theorems and algorithms that are crucial to the working of problems. Many have specific names, but some do not. All are important, and must be followed precisely. There will be questions in the homework and on the tests that require knowledge and understanding of the theorems and algorithms (often by name)
5. The presentation of material for this course is accomplished through a learning system called MyMathLab (MML) which can be found at http://pearsonmylabandmastering.com/ It is tailored with the textbook for the course and has lots of aids. There are sample quizzes and tests for practice, an electronic copy of the text book, and other aids available on the site.
6. I will be available by e-mail and phone. I have included my class schedule so that you will know when I am definitely not available by phone. I will try to answer e-mail promptly, but you must put “m1053x20” in the subject line so that I will know it is for this course. Otherwise, it may not get to me and I won’t be able to answer it
7. I may not have all the answers about using the MyMathLab system. Pearson does have a help line which is available to all users. Questions about access or computer glitches should be referred to the Pearson help line. I will not, in general, be able to help you with access and computer problems.
8. You may work at your own pace, within certain limitations. You must finish the course by the end of Wednesday of finals week (That is, by May 7, 2014), but you are free to work through the course as fast as you want. All homework assignments will be ready and available from the first day, and the quizzes and tests will be available shortly after you start the course. I will try to monitor your progress, but ultimately you are responsible to see that you finish the required work. We will be covering twelve chapters out of the sixteen in the book. With each chapter there will be homework sets and a quiz. There will be a test covering Chapters 1 through 4, a second covering Chapters 5 through 8, and a third covering Chapters 14 through 17. These three tests constitute the bulk of the grade for the course (seventy-five percent). There will not be a comprehensive final. The tests, quizzes, and homework are all multiple choice or fill in the blank. I have included below suggested dates for homework assignments, quizzes, and tests. These dates correspond to the due dates for the traditional in-class version of this course, and provide a guideline about how you should pace your work. You should try to keep to this pace, but the only firm deadline is May 7^{th}.
9. The introductory assignment should be completed as soon as possible, but it must be completed within the first week so that I know you have successfully accessed the system and are getting started in the course
In MyMathLab you may work on homework to improve your homework score after the due date. You are allowed more than one chance to take the quizzes and the highest score for each quiz will be used in your final grade. If you get interrupted in the middle of a quiz, that will count as one attempt. Quizzes and tests have set time limits for completion once you get started, so try to schedule your work on them at a time when you will not be interrupted by work or family or friends.
Students residing on the MSU campus, or living in the immediate vicinity of Wichita Falls will be required to take the unit tests in the Bolin Hall Room 109 computer laboratory. When ready to take the exam, the student must contact me and set up a time to come in and take the exam, unless other arrangements have been made with me. If you are not sure whether or not this includes you, feel free to contact me.
In general, students living more than 20 miles from campus, or with other special circumstances will not be required to come to campus to take the unit tests, but rather can take them on their own computer at their own convenience. However, tests and quizzes must be done by the student who is enrolled in the course, without aid from any other individual. You may have notes (or the text if you are not taking the test on campus) available during the test, but be aware that referring to them will slow down your progress on the test so it is best to be competent with the material rather than relying on notes.
Students should refer to the current MSU Student Handbook and Activities Calendar for university policies on academic dishonesty, student rights, and activities.
Last day to withdraw with a “W” : Monday March 10, 2013 (4:00 pm)