Department of Mathematical and Digital Sciences

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

101-98 (online)

**Summer 2019**

Professor: Drue Coles

E-mail: dcoles@bloomu.edu

**Office hours:** Monday-Thursday at 1:00-2:00 and 7:00-8:00 PM.
Office hours are an opportunity for us to discuss any questions you may have
about course content, policies, procedures, and so on. We connect through
Zoom, a commercial web conferencing service.
You have free access to Zoom through BOLT. Also, I will be glad to answer
questions by email throughout the week and on weekends. As a general rule, I
check email several times daily and respond to each message as soon as I see it.

**Text:** *For All Practical Purposes*, 10th edition, Comap, W.H.
Freeman and Company, 2016.

**Course Description.**
If you have studied arithmetic and geometry during your K-12 years and decided that
mathematics is uninteresting, you are among the majority. But that is like studying the
rules of spelling to the point of boredom and deciding that literature is uninteresting.
The rules of spelling are important, but they tell you nothing about novels and poetry.
In the same way, your early exposure to practical arithmetic and geometry was important,
but it probably did not reveal to you anything about the scope and character of modern
applied mathematics. That is exactly what this course is about.

Mathematical thinking is explored in this course through a variety of interesting ideas from different areas of applied mathematics. For example, we will learn about common voting methods and see how each of them can lead to paradoxical outcomes. We will also study methods for the fair division of property and goods among parties with conflicting interests. And we will discover that the movement of objects through a network can be modeled mathematically in order to investigate everything from the efficient routing of delivery trucks to the propagation of rumors through a social network.

**Reading Assignments**

- Chapter 1.1 — 1.3
- Chapter 2.1 — 2.4
- Chapter 4.1 — 4.3
- Chapter 9.1 — 9.4
- Chapter 13.1 — 13.2, 13.5 — 13.8
- Chapter 20.1

**Lectures.**
The video lectures for each chapter are accessible through BOLT. These are narrated PowerPoint
presentations devoted to essential concepts, techniques, vocabulary, and background material
covered in the chapter. The lectures are intended to help you understand the material presented
in the book. Sometimes they provide additional perspective and alternative explanations, but
they are not a substitute for the book. You will need to complete the reading assignments and
watch the lectures, although the order in which to perform these activities is up to you.

**Grading.**
Course grades are determined by chapter quizzes, a midterm exam, and
a comprehensive final exam.

Quiz Average 50% |
Midterm Exam 20% |
Final Exam 30% |

Your weighted total will be converted to a letter grade using the following scale:

A 100-92 |
A- 91-90 |
B+ 89-88 |
B 87-82 |
B- 81-80 |
C+ 79-78 |
C 77-72 |
C- 71-70 |
D+ 69-68 |
D 67-60 |
F 59-0 |

**Quizzes.**
There will be a quiz administered through BOLT for each of the first five chapters covered.
Each quiz contributes 10% to your course grade, or 50% overall as stated above, and
typically consists of 10 multiple-choice questions with a 30-minute time limit. No books,
notes, or other references are permitted, but you will need to have scratch paper available for
some of the problems. A calculator will not be needed (or allowed).

**Exams.**
The midterm and final exams are proctored using ProctorU,
an online service available to you at no charge. After you have created an account, you will be
able to log in and schedule your midterm and final exams. ProctorU has excellent chat help in
case you should encounter any kind of technical problems while taking an exam. More information
about setting up an account and scheduling exams will be provided later. Both exams will be given
in a multiple-choice format with a two-hour time limit.

You **must** have a microphone and webcam for your computer and a wired internet
connection to take exams. I am sorry but exceptions are not possible. If you do not have these
items and cannot afford to get them, it will not be possible for you to take the course online.
Traditional on-campus sections of the course that do not have these requirements are offered
during the fall and spring semesters.

**Homework.**
I assign plenty of homework to prepare you for the quizzes and exams. The problems are
even-numbered end-of-chapter exercises from the book. Homework is not submitted for grading or
evaluation, but solutions are posted in BOLT so that you
can verify your understanding of the material. In addition to the assigned exercises, you are
encouraged to try similar odd-numbered exercises on your own initiative and to check the answers
in the back of the book. I will be glad to help you during office hours. That, in fact, is
the purpose of office hours. It will be difficult or impossible to pass the quizzes and exams
without a solid grasp of the underlying concepts.

**Course Format.**
The course is six weeks long and each week is devoted to one chapter of our textbook. In order
to prepare for a chapter quiz, you will need to:

- Complete the reading assignment for that chapter.
- Watch the accompanying lectures.
- Complete the assigned homework exercises.
- During office hours, ask any questions you have about the reading, lectures, and/or homework.

These activities are completely self-paced, but each quiz must be taken during a two-day window at the end of the week (see dates below). You should plan on spending a couple of hours each day on coursework. If this is not going to be feasible for you, it would be better to take the course during the regular fall or spring semester.

**Quiz and Exam Dates.**
Each quiz and exam must be taken during its two-day window of availability as specified below.
The exact time of day is up to you, but it would be best to leave yourself enough time to try later
in case of any technical problems with your computer or internet connection. As soon as you submit
a quiz or exam, you will see your score. Once the two-day window of availability is over, the system
will automatically make a report available to you that shows each question, your answer, and the
correct answer. I will be glad to discuss any of the solutions during office hours.

Chapter 1 Quiz | Thursday, July 4 | Friday, July 5 |

Chapter 2 Quiz | Thursday, July 11 | Friday, July 12 |

Chapter 4 Quiz | Thursday, July 18 | Friday, July 19 |

MIDTERM EXAM | Monday, July 22 | Tuesday, July 23 |

Chapter 9 Quiz | Thursday, July 25 | Friday, July 26 |

Chapter 13 Quiz | Thursday, August 1 | Friday, August 2 |

FINAL EXAM | Thursday, August 8 | Friday, August 9 |

Failing to take a quiz or exam during its scheduled availability is equivalent to not coming to class on the day of a test in a traditional (on campus) course, resulting in a zero for that quiz or exam. There are no make-ups.