Bloomsburg University
Spring 2019

**Math Thinking
- Math 101**

Section 4, MWF 2:00pm – 2:50am, BCH 306

**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 12:25pm - 1:55pm

TuTh 12:55pm - 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.

Friday, February 22.

Friday,
April 5.

Friday,
May 3.

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:**

Thursday, May 9, 2:45pm – 4:45pm, BCH 306.

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.