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Comtemporary Mathematics

Course Details

Course Number
1053
Section Number
1053
Semester
Spring 2015
Location
Bolin Hall
Classroom Number
312
Days & Times

MWF 11:00--11:50 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

Homework will be assigned using the MyMathLab system. An assignment will be due at 10:00 AM the day of most class meetings. Problems may be worked as many times as you like, so a perfect homework score should be attainable. Work completed after the assignment is due will receive half credit. Your lowest three scores will be dropped.

Approximately eleven quizzes will be given over the course of the semester. Most will be announced ahead of time, but some may not be. Your lowest quiz score will be dropped. No make-up quizzes will be given.

There will be two midterm exams and a noncumulative final.  The midterm exams will be February 23 and April 8. 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.

You will have the opportunity to complete three writing assignments for extra credit. Full credit on all three will raise your grade by one letter. The papers will be due March 2, April 15, and May 13. Topic suggestions and grading information will be distributed before each paper is due.

Grading Standards
Your grade will be computed based on homework, quizzes, tests, and optional writing assignments.
 
Homework 20%
Quizzes 20%
Exams 60%
 
There will also be three extra credit writing assignments, each weighted as 3% of your grade.
 
Your final grade will be based on the percentage attained:
A: at least 90%
B: 80--90%
C: 70--80%
D: 60--70%
F: Less than 60%
 
Final Exam 05/11/2015 10:30 AM
Submission Format Policy

Homework will be turned in online through the MyMathLab system.

Papers must be typewritten and stapled.


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 may be completed late for half credit.

Quizzes and tests may not be taken late.

Late writing assignments will not be accepted.

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

 You are expected to attend every class. This includes arriving on time, staying until the end, and being prepared and engaged. Missing more than six classes or portions of classes may result in being dropped from the course.

Other Policies
{\bf 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.)
 
{\bf 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.\\
You may not use a phone or any device with internet access as a calculator.
 
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, of course, is not allowed. 
 
Classroom Behavior: Please be respectful in the classroom. Don't sleep, talk to each other, do homework, eat noisy food, text your friends, use a computer, or anything else that might distract you or your fellow students. 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 as specified in your student handbook.
 
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 to the address the Banner system lists as your preferred address.  You are responsible for knowing everything I email to you 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.
 
Office hours: Working with individual students is the best part of teaching. I hope that you will come to my office hours. I have scheduled office hours each week, listed above. If your schedule conflicts with these, send me an email and we can set up another time. 
 
Communicating with me: The best way to reach me is by email (my address is on page 1). I will generally respond 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 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, 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.