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. The graded exercises (homework, quizzes, and tests) are all done on-line at the student's convenience. Each student must purchase an access key to CourseCompass.com, a course presentation system provided by Pearson Publishing Company. The key may be purchased through the campus bookstore, or directly at CourseCompass.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 tucker10543 and the zip code 76308
The course is broken up into three units, each consisting of four chapters from the test. They are:
Social Choice Chapters 1 through 4
Management Science Chapters 5 through 8
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. Each assignment will have a due date which is to 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 the due date 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 Thursday May 12, 2011
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:
Unit tests 75%
The following grade scale will be used to determine the final grade for the course
90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 59% F
All work is done on CourseCompass on the web
Students may work at their own pace, but should try to stay with the due dates posted with 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
On-line at the student's convenience. CourseCompass is available 24 hours a day, in general
Instructor: Dr. David S. Tucker Class Schedule:
Office: 118-L Bolin Science Hall MT RF 8:00 - 8:50 MATH 1634
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org M W F 11:00 - 11:50 MATH 4293
M W 2:00 - 3:20 MATH 1233
Phone Ext: 940-397-4414 R 3:00 – 4:00 Help Session
The materials for this course are accessed through CourseCompass, a course presentation system developed and maintained by the Pearson Publishing Company and available on-line at CourseCompass.com
CourseCompass provides e-mail access to the instructor, with the ability to send a specific question on a specific problem. There are many on-line aids, and even a help line provided by Pearson. Any mechanical problems with access to the software should be directed to the Pearson help line (your instructor will be unable to help with those, in general)
Students are also free to call the instructor at 940-397-4414. This number includes voice mail in case the instructor is not available.
When sending e-mail to the instructor, be patient. He may not be able to answer immediately, but will try to respond as soon as possible. e-mails sent on weekends may not be answered until the next working day
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 true in a distance learning course since the student has only 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://coursecompass.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
8. You may work at your own pace, within certain limitations. You must finish the course by the end of finals week (That is, by May 12, 2011), but you are free to work through the course as fast as you want. All homework assignments are 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 a homework set 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 13 through 16. 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. 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 12th.
In CourseCompass 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.
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
Students should refer to the current MSU Student Handbook and Activities Calendar for university policies on academic dishonesty, student rights and activities.
Course Outline You may pace your work by the following schedule
Friday Jan 28 Finish Chapter 1 homework and quiz
Friday Feb 4 Finish Chapter 2 homework and quiz
Friday Feb 11 Finish Chapter 3 homework and quiz
Friday Feb 18 Finish Chapter 4 homework and quiz
Monday Feb 21 Unit 1 Test
Wednesday Mar 2 Finish Chapter 5 homework and quiz
Wednesday Mar 9 Finish Chapter 6 homework and quiz
Wednesday Mar 23 Finish Chapter 7 homework and quiz
Wednesday Mar 30 Finish Chapter 8 homework and quiz
Monday Apr 4 Unit 2 Test
Wednesday Apr 6 Finish Chapter 13 homework and quiz
Wednesday Apr 13 Finish Chapter 14 homework and quiz
Wednesday Apr 20 Finish Chapter 15 homework and quiz
Friday May 6 Finish Chapter 16 homework and quiz
Thursday May 12 Unit 3 Test