This course is a survey of the use of mathematics in the modern world. Topics include: theory of elections and apportionment, graphs and networks, and statistics.
Prerequisites: MATH 1003, math THEA score of 270, math Accuplacer score of 90, or satisfactory score on placement exam.
Exams & Final Exam: If you must miss an exam, please notify your instructor as soon as possible and arrange to take the test in advance. Make-up tests will be given prior to the return of that test to the class if possible; otherwise, a grade of “0” will be recorded. The final exam can be used to replace the lowest test grade.
Grading: Your grade will be based on online homework and exams. These items will be weighted as follows:
Online Homework (MyMathLab) 25%
Unit 1 Exam (chapters 1-4) 25%
Unit 2 Exam (chapters 5-8) 25%
Unit 3 Exam (chapters 13-16) 25%
Final Exam Optional
Grades will be computed on the usual basis, 90% and above for an A, 80% for a B, etc.
Online Homework: ***MyMathLab is a required portion of this course.***
This program is installed on the computers in the Bolin 103, Bolin 109, Clark Student Center, Library, Dillard, and Bea Wood computer labs. You may also choose to use your personal computer; however, you will need to download necessary plug-ins. An online homework assignment has been created for each textbook chapter covered in class. Online homework problems may be printed, and the answers entered at a later time. Your lowest two homework scores will be dropped and the remaining scores will be averaged to determine your homework grade for the course. The assigned problems represent a minimum number of problems to be worked. Additional problems are available from the book but these will not be graded. You are strongly encouraged to work additional problems. Any changes to the assignment schedule will be announced in class and will be recorded on the MML website.
Tests: Tests must be completed in class and within the time allotted.
Homework: Homework must be completed online through the MyMathLab system.
Free Math Help Sessions
Mondays through Thursdays 2-5 p.m. and Fridays 1-4 p.m.
Bolin Hall, Room 101
You can bring specific questions, or simply work on homework or reviews, asking questions as necessary. This is also a good place for study groups to get together.
Homework must be completed by the due date. The two lowest homework grades will be dropped and the remaining grades averaged to obtain a homework average.
If you must miss an exam, please notify your instructor as soon as possible and arrange to take the test in advance. Make-up tests will be given prior to the return of that test to the class if possible; otherwise, a grade of “0” will be recorded. The final exam can be used to replace the lowest test grade.
Attendance: Class attendance is important for successful completion of the course. Students are expected to arrive on time and remain in class until dismissed. Students may be dropped for excessive absences (more than 4) unless there are extenuating circumstances.
Email: A valid email address is required for MyMathLab and for communication with the instructor. You may use your personal email account or the account provided for you by MSU. Your MSU email account is firstname.lastname@example.org where “mmdd” refers to the two-digit month and two-digit day of your birthdate. Take care to enter your email address correctly when you register in MyMathLab.
Academic Policies: Students should refer to the current MSU Student Handbook for university policies on academic dishonesty, class attendance, student rights and activities.