MATH 122 SYLLABUS
Faculty Information: Name: E-mail: Office: Office Hours:
Section 08 B-1-122 MAK MW 6:00 – 7:15 PM Fall 2013
Corrina Campau firstname.lastname@example.org A-1-132 MAK Phone: (616)331-2052 Tuesday, Thursday 3:45 – 4:30 PM Monday, Wednesday 3:30 - 4:30 PM Monday, Wednesday 7:15 – 8:00 PM by appointment only
MTH 110 (a grade of C or better is recommended) or assignment through GVSU Math Placement. You may wish to take the MTH 122 proficiency test which would allow you to waiver 122 and is offered during the first week of class and other times during the semester. For more information visit gvsu.edu/testserv and click on Math placement. College Algebra MTH 122 special edition for Grand Valley State University by John Coburn Students will be required to possess and make use of a TI-83 or TI-84 graphics calculator during the course. You are expected to have and use your calculator every class period. Students will not be allowed to share calculators on tests. Symbolic manipulating calculators (such as the TI-89) and calculators on cell phones, PDA’s, etc. will not be allowed on tests. Math 122 is part of the Mathematical Sciences General Education Foundation Category. Courses in the Foundations Categories introduce students to the major areas of human thought and endeavor. These courses present the academic disciplines as different ways of looking at the world. They introduce students to the varied methods used to create knowledge, and they acquaint students with major questions and principles of the field. The pedagogy of the Foundations Categories helps students develop the essential skills of creative and critical thinking, articulate expression and information literacy. The General Education Skills Goals are for students to engage in articulate expression through effective writing and speaking, to think critically and creatively, to locate, evaluate, and use information effectively and to integrate different areas of knowledge and view ideas from multiple perspectives. Math 122 meets these objectives by investigating properties of relations and functions algebraically and graphically and making connections between them. Applications from diverse fields are used to motivate mathematical concepts. We also develop expertise in using technology as a tool to solving problems. We will develop logical reasoning, problem solving, and communicating skills (both oral and written) while furthering the understanding of mathematics. Lecture, discussion, in-class group exploration.
This course will cover chapters 3 – 5 and sections 1.1, 1.3, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.5, 6.1, 6.3, 8.2, 9.1, 9.2 and 9.3 of the text, as well as additional material pertaining to the text topics. Homework will be assigned each class period. See attached schedule for problem numbers and sections. Homework questions will be answered during class, office hours, or via e-mail. Homework will be collected on test days and used as extra credit. Late assignments will not be accepted. There will be five short writing assignments (worth 20 points each) that will be used to fulfill the effective writing portion of the general education requirement. A total of 100 points on writing assignments will count toward the final grade. If more than five writing assignments are given, the top five will be used to compute your writing assignment score. All papers that are collected must be turned in at the beginning of class or they are considered late and will be marked accordingly. If you are going to be absent on the day an assignment is due, either turn the paper in to me prior to the due date or leave it with a secretary in the Math Office. All problem solutions must be written neatly, showing all significant work, with great attention paid to logical organization. Trim all ragged edges and staple two or more pages together. In-class group exploration...
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