3450:135-002 Excursions in Mathematics
(formerly Mathematics for Liberal Arts)
Fall, 2004

OFFICE College of Arts & Sciences 269
PHONE 330-972-6779
FAX 330-374-8630
E-MAIL adler at uakron dot edu
OFFICE HOURS MWF 2:30-3:15, MW 4-5, or by appointment
TEXTBOOKS Excursions in Modern Mathematics (5th ed),
          by Tannenbaum, 2004.
  How to Lie With Statistics, by Huff.

Course Objective

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.

Course Policies

  1. If you have any questions or concerns about this course, contact me. But 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.

  2. 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.

  3. A paper will be due late in the semester. See another handout for more information.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.)

  6. Grading scheme:
    5 Tests 50% in all
    Homework 25%  
    Paper 10%  
    Final Exam 15%  

  7. Registration/withdrawal: In order to participate, you must be registered by September 13. 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.

  8. 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. This includes:

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