Survey Of College Mathematics Syllabus

[13013] MTH 155.601 for SPRING 2002


Instructor: William V. Thayer

St. Louis Community College at Meramec

  MTH 155.601 meeting on Tue. & Thur. from 12:30 to 2:20 p.m. in SO 111,
        Computer Lab SW 110 or on Field Trip locations in the St. Louis region.
        Note: Some parking fees are needed on some Field Trips.

Campus Hours and Office Telephone 314 984 7866 or Home Telephone 821 5299
    Office hours Mon., Wed., & Fri. from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. in SW 218
    Office hours Mon., Wed. & Fri. from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in SW 218
    Office hours Tuesday & Thursday from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. in SW 218
    Office hours Tuesday & Thursday from 2:20 to 3:00 p.m. near SO 111
    or on request by appointment with the exception of department meetings, campus meetings or:

MAJOR MAGIC - MerAmec Juggling ORganization MAGIC - on Thursday from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
        in the Student Center or Student Center Quadrangle.
        Juggling Club Web Page URL http://www.jug/wt/major.htm
    Check with the math secretary if I am not in my office
    when you are free. You may also use email
    or my Web URL
    to contact me for help or information.
    And for college information try StLCC @ Meramec Web
    Pages URL

PREREQUISITE: MTH 140 with C, B or A or a satisfactory score on the placement test. All students must provide appropriate documentation of satisfied prerequisite course enrollment to the instructor on or before Jan. 17, 2002, the second class meeting. Each student will need to fill out and sign a Release for Field Trip(s) form on or before Thursday, Jan. 17, 2002.

SURVEY OF COLLEGE MATHEMATICS COURSE INTENT: This course is intended for students whose choice of academic fields does not require a college algebra course in preparation for mathematics used in such fields.

This course contains topics from college algebra material, selected topics from geometry, probability, statistics or mathematical modeling with emphasis on applications of mathematics.

The TI-83 or TI-83 PLUS graphing calculator is used as a computing tool in the topics of this course, on tests and to complete projects including group activities.

Computer work will include appropriate technology or business based software such as Excel and various Internet software and tools for Web pages for the reports and projects of the course.

MTH 155.601 TEXTBOOK and RESOURSES: WT'S Math Collection is the primary source of course material and freely available from Web pages.

Schaum's Outline Series "Theory and Problems of College Algebra", 2nd edition, by Robert E. Moyer and Murray R. Spiegel, McGraw-Hill Published with ISBN 0-07-060266-2, is a required resource book and is available at many book stores.

TIME ON COURSE: The four class hours and project time you spend on this course will require about fourteen homework hours per week for high grades to around nine homework hours per week for passing grades. Construct a weekly time schedule with copies for each week of the course then mark out the study time you plan a week or so in advance. This planning is good for two reasons since a copy of your hourly/daily/weekly schedule helps you plan your needed nine to fourteen hours homework time as indicated above. The second reason your weekly plan is valuable is in keeping track of Field Trip information to know where class is to meet that week. This commitment is a pledge you make for yourself to "BE ALL YOU CAN BE" each day for the personal obligation you have undertaken to learn this mathematics. Your instructor expects you to be prepared with homework and project preparation done each day.

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS AND COSTS: TI-83 Graphing Calculator or TI-83 PLUS and the "Graphing Calculator Manual" with this graphing calculator.

You will need to maintain EMAIL communication and WEB browsing throughout this course.

You will need to travel to locations around St. Louis and sometimes there is a parking expense. We will sometimes meet at various locations during class time.

ADDITIONAL STUDY AIDS: Before the end of the first week take the MTH 155 Pretest. You should get 20 to 25 questions right. If you have less than twenty correct then repeat MTH 140: Intermediate Algebra to master necessary skills for Survey Of College Mathematics.

A complete answer key and example solutions are provided within Schaum's College Algebra resource book.

Computer software may be used in Science West Computer Laboratories, SW 110, and I will help you with software for this course as needed.

After the first week our mathematics department tutors are located in room SW 211. Tutoring is also offered at the South County Education Center and the West County Education Center. Individual peer tutoring is available through the College Success Program.

Please consider HAVING TROUBLE WITH MATHEMATICS ideas and read SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO STUDY MATH of the Mathematics Department's Syllabus.

Please see me as soon as possible for any personal accommodations you require.


TYPICAL CLASS PERIOD(S): There are three major types of class periods. Each of the three includes a first part of class time open for answering student questions about the previous assignment including exercises, reading material, project or classroom notes or Field Trip material. Your questions added to each class day's START UP will help you and other students who may learn from your questions. Also, you are encouraged to help answer other student's questions or show your answers by discussion or by presenting chalk board work. While presenting information is expected, this communication is not graded. Use this time to experiment with your ability to understand material and convey your understanding to others. Your frequent involvement will help you practice many of the activities covered in your general and specific goals covered later in this syllabus and generally aid your understanding of the problems of the course. Don't worry about mistakes you may make, dropping the ball is just part of learning to juggle. In fact, the first student that finds and reports in writing any errors in course material may have extra credit for that discovery.

One type class is the Introduction to New Project or New Material Class. Your preparation for this type of class is to read relevant Web pages and work as many of the example resource material problems before class to prepare yourself to ask questions and to answer other student questions. I assume that prior to this class you take notes as you read from the Web Pages or from Schaum's sections and practiced any new vocabulary.

A second type of class is the Field Trip Class. You are expected to meet at various locations around the St. Louis area during class time to participate in Field Trips. A partial list of Field Trips is given near the end of this syllabus. Plan to copy needed material from Web Pages and resource material before the Field Trip to take with you and to organize the collection of information or Field Trip Data. Take the right measuring equipment. Be at the Field Trip location on time and work together getting information, measurements and photographs. While on location, plan your report and do what you need to finish most of it. That may reduce the need to return to the location for more information.

A third type of class is the Project Period which may or may not include a Group or Team Session. A Project Period is devoted to finishing a report. A Project Period gives time to finish a publication for others to use to learn the mathematics you used in learning about applying math to answer general questions. This publication is then made into a Web page and with approval it is then put on a Web site. In General, this publication on the Web, is a form of test for the material you learned and how well you are able to convey its understanding to others. A corresponding Web page must be written to reflect all answers to your questions and give hints on how to extend your ideas. Teams or groups may help this evaluation part of your project.

In one class type or another: some class time is spent with all students working at the chalk board, some class time is spent working in teams, some class time is spent in the computer room SW 110 and class time is spent in discussions and lectures. Lots of fun!

TEAM ACTIVITIES: Some class time is devoted to team work aimed at a deeper understanding of each student's project, responding to project questions and answers or working on project applications. Your instructor will assign you to a team and assign team coordinators. When working on a team, students are to think for themselves treating the instructor as a guide, consultant, coach and evaluator to the team. Always try to approach your team time with a knowledgeable position based on your personal review and study. During team activity, you should display a willingness to generate discussion that leads to answers or more refined questions that converge to solutions to your team assignment.

You may be in the dark on some points but being open to change and willing to communicate your points even if mistaken at first helps the team toward the final goals while helping you toward greater clarity. At times we need team work to derive all the answers or computations in some assignments. And other times teams provide a natural background for discussion of the material and presentation of solutions. You are expected to help your team reach reasonable objectives on time and demonstrate to me that you are participating on your team in a meaningful way. Also, teams may wish to work as a study group covering review assignments or covering resource material. This can be implemented via your telephone or computer networking.

Individual communication is not permitted in class or in groups. Please note that individual communication is not very productive while another person is speaking in a group or class room situation. Keep your communication from overlapping others and keep it open for all to hear and respond.

EXPECTATIONS: This syllabus including its Course Outline of Material (below), the Mathematics Department's Policies including the Survey Of College Mathematics Objectives combined with the St. Louis Community College SPRING 2002 Fact Finder student handbook gives you the relevant course, student academic rights and responsibilities, and study guide information. These items will give you a sense of the quality that your instructor works to achieve in this course. Please read SOME GENERAL GOALS from the course Web pages. Learning in this course may be enhanced by your frequent willingness to use and thereby improve your performance along these suggested avenues.

Please see me as soon as possible for any personal accommodations you require and please keep in mind that: The quickest way to resolve any difficulty, no matter how small, is to let your instructor know about it as soon as possible.

SPECIFIC EXPECTATIONS: You are expected to complete the projects and material listed in the Survey Of College Mathematics Syllabus Material below. In some cases your project is to write a report that will convert to a WEB page that uses the same concepts of math applications found in this list but use an alternate location or example. You are expected to read assigned material and take notes from it before the class in which the material is covered. You may print material from the Web relevant to the assignment. Add to these notes or take separate notes covering the new material and activities in each class. Finish assigned homework from our College Algebra Outline for each class except perhaps a few of the more difficult problems that you should ask about in the next class and then finish. Make a list of studied but unsolved projects and problems and ask during the first part of a class day. Definitely ask for individual help when needed, particularly if you are unable to work large portions of material. Review the processes you used to solve projects and exercises and practice vocabulary each day. Remember that you want to stay on top of your work and be able to adequately prepare for the each class. This generally means you need to develop a dogged attitude with more than several hours per day spent on this course, keeping good notes from the material and class, and doing plenty of daily reviewing likely including some daily memorization. Use your personal weekly study schedule sheet to keep track of finished work. If you need help, I am located in the mathematics department during office hours or you may call my home telephone number (314 821 5299) before 9:30 p.m. This course takes lots of gumption.

SOME INITIAL SPECIFIC ALGEBRA GOALS: Know and apply the twenty plus basic algebra properties and ten plus exponent rules for basic algebra concepts.

ASSIGNMENTS and NOTES: Keep a learning journal or log of course material and include your personal weekly study schedule sheet and used scratch paper. You will be expected to turn this journal in several times if we pick testing as the method to be graded in the course. All material should be in sequential textbook order. Seven points, = 3 for completely worked project math and homework exercises + 2 points for project notes + 2 points for class notes, are given via a quick review of the thoroughness and spot checked for accuracy of your work.

TESTS: Tests may be given to check your daily preparations. Finished Web projects are considered another method to be graded in the course. Test or Project assessments are required for each major Web Project listed in the Survey Of College Mathematics Syllabus Material below. Email, WEB Pages, and other Internet and computer processes will be used to communicate your work for this course. Any project not turned in on time will count as a zero in your grades. A grade rubric will be discussed in class.

GRADES AND THE GRADE SCALE: The final grade is based on the completion of projects, class participation, group participation, and an accumulation of any test points and assignments points. The following scale is used:
A for 90 points or above,
B for 80 to 89 points,
C for 70 to 79 points,
D for 50 to 69 points, and
F for under 50 points.

ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED: more than three class days of absences or six times of tardiness gives you a course grade of F. Absences or tardiness may change your grade if you miss classes or trips when some evaluations are made. Students missing no classes may have a small share in the determination of their grade.

CHANGES: Some additions, substitutions and/or corrections to this syllabus will be made during the course.


PROJECT(s)         //         WEB PAGES         //         COMMENTS


How fast do you walk or march? and KidsEnergy Project

The Millennium (Regal Riverfront) Hotel St. Louis

Escalator Fun

Jefferson Barracks Bridge

The parabola is in each toss.

Rhythmic Juggling
Think Station Laboratory Results

Pythagorean Numbers

Your Nautilus Shell DISCOVERies

Pharmacokinetics Projects

Busch Stadium


Class Selected Final Web Page:

FINAL EXAM: Thursday, May 16, 11:00 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.

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