Bloomsburg University
Spring 2018

**Math Thinking
- Math 101**

Section 3, MWF 11:00am – 11:50am, NH 209

**Instructor:** Dr. Kevin Ferland

Email: kferland@bloomu.edu

Web Page: http://facstaff.bloomu.edu/kferland/ ß Class web page can be accessed from here.

Office: Ben Franklin 225

Phone: 389-4502,
Messages can be left at the Department Office
389-4500. However, **email is better**.

Office Hours: MWF
9:55am - 10:55am

Th 11:55am - 1:55pm

or by appointment

**Text Book: **

For All Practical Purposes, 10^{th}
Edition, by COMAP, Freeman, 2016.

**Calculator:**

No particular calculator is
required for this course. You may use
any calculator that you wish. You are
encouraged to use a calculator to do your homework when appropriate. Some of the homework problems may even be best done with a calculator. However, always be aware of the times that
you do use your calculator, since you may sometimes be required to show your
work on tests and quizzes given in class.
In some cases, hand computations and exact answers (not decimal
approximations) may be required.

**Homework:**

The practice of doing
homework is perhaps the most important aspect of your learning the material for
this course. Keeping up with the daily
homework assignments will enable you to best understand
the ideas presented in class. It will
also enable you to filter out those questions that give you the greatest
difficulty and that need to be discussed in
class. Some time at the beginning of
each class will be devoted to answering homework questions. You should read
each section before it is discussed in class. This will allow you to get the greatest
benefit from class time, rather than merely taking dictation. Homework will always be
assigned for your benefit, and it is important that you do it. When an assignment is to be
handed in for a grade, this will be clearly announced in class. Homework
(when it is collected) will be due promptly at the beginning of class.

**Quizzes / Collected Homework:**

Approximately
every other class there will be either an in class quiz or a homework
assignment to hand in. A quiz may be
unannounced, although most often quizzes will be announced
ahead of time. **There will be NO MAKEUPS since the 2 lowest
grades will be dropped. This will
accommodate students who need to miss a class regardless of the reason.** Note:
After two quizzes are dropped, your overall
quiz percentage will be computed and multiplied by 50 points.

**Tests:**

There will be three
in-class tests, each worth 50 points.

Wednesday, February 21.

Wednesday, April 4.

Wednesday,
May 2.

You will need to be well prepared for each test. If you have kept up with doing and
understanding your daily homework, then studying for the test should not be
difficult. Each test will be written under the
assumption that you have practiced many problems of a similar type and can
therefore work efficiently during the test.
Your ability to do problems in a timely manner could affect your test
score. The tests will
not be curved.

**Final Exam:**

Wednesday, May 9, 10:30am – 12:30pm, NH 209.

The
Final Exam will be **cumulative**. Do not make plans to leave campus before this
exam is over. If you have a preexisting
conflict, then you must see your instructor during the first week of class. Unless the final exam is
missed due to a sudden emergency and the instructor is informed
immediately, a missed final exam counts as zero.

**Attendance / Participation**:

You are required to attend
every class and to be on time. **Being late will count the same as being
absent.** You are responsible for
everything that goes on in class, and success in this class cannot
be expected without regular attendance.
Regular participation in class by asking and/or responding to questions
is required. I will keep track of all of this stuff. Note that this component of the grade does
have an impact on your grade at an amount approximately equal to **two steps on the grade scale**.

**Makeups:**

**There will be no makeup tests given.** If you must
miss a test for a legitimate reason, be sure to contact the instructor before
the test with verification of the cause of your absence. If that is not possible, you must contact the
instructor at the earliest opportunity. In the case of an excused absence, the
missing grade will be made up from the corresponding
part of the final exam. In all other cases the missed exam counts as a zero.

**Grading Policy:**

Quizzes/Homework
(drop 2) 50
points (total)

3 in-class tests 150
points (total) 50 points each

Attendance/Participation 20 points

__Final Exam__ __100
points__

Total Possible 320
points

The minimum number of points required for each letter
grade is as follows:

A 288
points

A- 278

B+ 266

B 256

B- 246

C+ 234

C 224

C- 214

D+ 202

D 192

E below
192

**Academic Honesty:**

All cases of academic
dishonesty will be reported to the Chair of the
Mathematics Department. There will be no
tolerance for cheating.

**Students with Disabilities:**

Any student who may need
special consideration because of any sort of disability should make an
appointment to see the instructor as soon as possible.