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Contemporary Mathematics

Course Details

Course Number
1053
Section Number
1053
Semester
Fall 2014
Location
Bolin Hall
Classroom Number
213
Days & Times

MWF 8:00--8:50 AM

Professor
Sarah Cobb (view Profile)

Course Attachments

Textbooks

Excursions in Modern Mathematics
ISBN:
Course Objectives

A survey of the use of mathematics in the modern world. Topics include theory of elections and apportionment, graphs and networks, growth and symmetry, or statistics. 

 

Course Expectations

Attendance: This class has no explicit attendance policy, but you are expected to be in class every day. 

Online Homework: Homework will be assigned using the MyMathLab system. There will generally be one or two sections due at 7:00 AM the day of each class meeting. There will be 50 assignments total, each worth 3 points. Work completed after the assignment is due will receive half credit. 

Quizzes: Eleven quizzes will be given over the course of the semester, each worth 10 points. Most will be announced ahead of time, but some may not be. Your ten highest quiz scores will be counted. No make-up quizzes will be given. 

Exams: There will be three midterm exams and a final. The midterm exams will be October 1, October 29 and November 24. If you must miss an exam, please let me know at least two weeks ahead of the test date and arrange to take the test early. Accommodations with less notice will be made only for unforeseeable emergencies where notice is given as soon as possible.

The final is Wednesday, December 10, 8:00–10:00 AM and cannot be taken early or late for anything but the most dire emergencies. 

 

Grading Standards

Grades will be computed based on homework, quizzes, and exams:

Homework: 150 points
Quizzes:100 points
Exam 1: 100 points
Exam 2: 100 points

Exam 3:100 points
Final Exam:200 points

Total: 750 points

Final grades will be based on the number of points attained:

A:  at least 675 points
B:  600-674 points
C:  525–599 points
D:  450–524 points
F: fewer than 450 points 

 

Final Exam 12/10/2014 8:00--10:00 AM
Submission Format Policy

Homework will be submitted online through the MyMathLab system


Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Late Paper Policy

Homework completed after the due date will receive half credit. No make-up quizzes will be given. If it is necessary to miss a test, it may be taken early with two weeks notice at the instructor's discretion.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

This class has no explicit attendance policy, but you are expected to be in class every day. 

Other Policies

Computers: I do not allow the use of computers in the classroom. This includes laptops, cell phones, tablets, and other similar devices. Students using such devices will be asked to leave the class. If this policy is a serious problem for you, please talk to me. (Calculators, of course, are allowed.)

Calculators: You should have a calculator that will add, subtract, multiply, divide, and take square roots. You will not need a graphing calculator, though you are welcome to use one.
Since phones and devices with internet access are not allowed, your calculator should be a separate piece of hardware.

Working Together: Collaborating on homework is allowed and encouraged. By submitting an answer to a homework problem, you certify that you understand the process and could do a similar problem on your own. Working together on quizzes or exams is not allowed.

Classroom Behavior: Please be respectful in the classroom. Anyone disrupting class will be asked to leave.

Academic Misconduct: Cheating on any work in this course will result in no credit for that work. Egregious or repeated incidents may result in more serious consequences, including a failing grade in the course or dismissal from your academic program. All incidents of academic misconduct will be reported.

Changes: Parts of this syllabus may alter in the course of the semester. Whenever possible, I will both announce this in class and send an email. You are responsible for knowing everything I email to your university mailing address as well as everything I say in class. If it is unavoidable that you miss class, make sure you talk to someone who was there.

Communicating with me: The best way to reach me is by email (my address is on page 1). I will generally respond to email within 24 to 48 hours. I will also be in my office during my office hours and often at other times; you should feel free to drop by. Any communication not in writing or by email should be considered unofficial.

ADA statement: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this leg- islation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

D2L: This course will have an active D2L page. You should look there for grades on quizzes and exams, review materials, and announcements. 

 

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at https://mwsu.edu/academics/wpr, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at https://mwsu.edu/campus-carry/rules-policies.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at patrick.coggins@mwsu.edu.