THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON
3450:135-002 Excursions in Mathematics
||Dr. J. Adler
||College of Arts & Sciences 269
||adler at uakron dot edu
||MWF 2:30-3:15, MW 4-5, or by appointment
||Excursions in Modern Mathematics (5th ed),
|| by Tannenbaum, 2004.
||How to Lie With Statistics, by Huff.
We will use contemporary applications of mathematics
to develop skills in logical thinking, technical reading,
and figuring out things that you've never seen before.
- If you have any questions or concerns about this course,
if you want me to answer
a question that is answered on this sheet or on the
sheet of rules for term papers, you'll have to
donate 25 cents to the Class Snack Fund.
- Homework assignments
(material to read and problems to do) are assigned daily.
You should have them available for possible grading
at the next class meeting.
I will not accept late homework for any reason;
instead, I will drop your five lowest homework grades.
I encourage you to work with your classmates.
However, you must write up your solutions yourself.
- A paper will be due
late in the semester.
See another handout for more information.
- There will be five tests during the semester.
There will be a comprehensive final exam
on Monday, December 13, at 8:00am(!), at a place to be announced.
No make-up tests will be available.
- At the beginning of class, you may submit written questions
about the current homework assignment or any recently-covered material.
However, you must prepare such questions in advance,
and have them ready when I ask for them.
(This is part of being prepared for class.)
I won't entertain questions of the form,
``How do you do number 6?'' Be more specific.
(If questions occur to you during class, feel free to ask them on the spot.)
- Grading scheme:
In order to participate, you must be registered by
October 22 is the last day to withdraw without my signature.
I will only sign withdrawal forms for students who are actively participating
in the course, and who request a signature by
Wednesday, November 17.
- Free tutoring is available.
Call or visit the Tutoring Office, Carroll Hall, Room 215A,
(330) 972-6552. They are not well set up to deal with some
of the material in this course, but Chapters 13 and 14 should
be no problem for them.
In order to do well in this course, it is not necessary
to be smart in math (though of course it helps).
It is necessary to be smart about being a student.
- Making full use of the resources available
to you: your teacher, your classmates, your books, other books, etc.
- Doing all of the assignments.
- Keeping track of how well you are doing.
It is virtually impossible to pass
the course without passing at least two of the first
- Aiming for an A.
That way, if you slip up, you get a B,
and if you bomb, you get a C,
neither of which is a tragedy.
Most students in this course feel that they cannot possibly
get an A. Invariably, some of
them go on to do just that. Why not you?
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