Math 15: Math for Liberal Arts Summer 2012

Instructor: Matthew Hubbard

Email: mhubbard@peralta.edu

Text: no required text. If you want a text, personal recommendations can be made

Class website: http://mathlibarts.blogspot.com/

Class hours MTWTh: 10:00 am - 12:05 pm, G-211

Office hours: Math lab G-201

TTh 9:20-9:50 am (also available by appointment)

Scientific calculator required (TI-30IIXs, TI-83 or TI-84 recommended)

Important academic schedule dates:
Last date to add, if class is not full: Sat., June 23

Last date to drop class without a "W": Thurs., June 28

Last date to withdraw from class: Thurs., July 18

Holidays:Wednesday, July 4: Independence Day

Midterm and Finals schedule:
Half
Midterm 1________Thursday,
June 28

Full
Midterm__________Thursday,
July 5

Half
Midterm 2________Thursday,
July 19

Comprehensive
Final ___Thursday,
July 26

**Quiz schedule (most Tuesdays
and Thursdays) **no make-up quizzes given

First week: 6/19 and 6/21

Second week: 6/26

Third week: 7/3

Fourth week: 7/10 and 7/12

Fifth week: 7/17

Sixth week: 7/24

Grading Policy
Homework to be turned in: Assigned every Tuesday and Thursday, due the next class

(late homework accepted at the beginning of next class period, 2 points off grade)

If arranged at least a week in advance, make-up midterm can be given.

The lowest two scores from homework and the lowest two scores from quizzes will be removed from consideration before grading.

Grading system
Quizzes 25%* best 2 out of three of these grades

Midterm 1 25%* best 2 out of three of these grades

Midterm 2 (two half midterms combined) 25%* best 2 out of three of these grades

Homework 20%

Lab 5%

Final 25%

Anyone
who misses less than two homework assignments and gets a higher
percentage score on the final than the weighted average of all grades
combined will get the final percentage instead deciding the final grade.

Academic honesty:
Your homework, exams and quizzes must be your own work. Anyone caught
cheating on these assignments will be punished, where the punishment can
be as severe as failing the class or being put on college wide academic
probation. Working together on homework assignments is allowed, but
the work you turn in must be your own, and you are responsible for
checking its accuracy.

If I see multiple homework assignments turned in with the exact same
wrong answers, I will give a warning. If it happens a second time, the student
will get a 0 on the assignment and it will be counted towards the grade.
Class rules: Cell phones and beepers turned off, no headphones or text messaging during class

You
will need your own calculator and handout sheets for tests and quizzes.
Do not expect to be able to borrow these from someone else.

Student Learning Outcomes
• Analyze an argument for validity using simple rules of logic, and if invalid identify the type of mistake made.

• Compute, with sophisticated formulas, such quantities as interest payments for amortized loans.

• Interpret patterns and draw inferences from them.

Students with disabilities
The
Disabled Students Program Services (DSPS) should have your academic
accommodation with the instructor. After the first day, I will accept
these accommodations electronically or by hard copy on paper. If you
need academic accommodation and have not yet applied, please call
510-464-3428 for an appointment.

Exam policies
Quizzes will be closed book and closed notes. Some information you will be
expected to remember, other formulas and information will be provided.
No sharing of calculators is allowed. You are responsible for knowing
how to use your calculator to find answers.

The reciprocal relationship
The teacher will be on time and prepared to teach the class.

The students will be on time and prepared to learn.

The teacher will present the material to the best of his ability.

The students will absorb the material to the best of their ability. They will ask questions when topics are not clear.

The
teacher will do his best to answer the questions the students ask about
the material, either by repeating an answer with more details included
or by taking a different approach to the material that might be clearer
to some students.

The students will understand if the teacher feels a
topic has been covered enough for the majority of the class and will
accept questions being answered outside the class, either in extra time
or through written communication.

The teacher will do his best to
keep the class about the material. Personal details and distractions
that are not germane to the class should not be part of the class.

The
students will do their best to keep the class about the material.
Questions that are not about the topic should be avoided. Distractions
like cell phones and texting are not welcome when the class is in
session.

The teacher will give assignments that will help the students master the skills required to pass the course.

The students will put in their best efforts to complete the assignments.

When
the assignments are completed, the teacher will make every effort to
get the assignments graded and back to the students in a timely manner,
by the next class session whenever possible.

The teacher will
present real life situations where the skills being learned will be used
when they exist. In math, sometimes a particular skill is needed in
general to solve later problems that will have real life applications.
Other skills have the application of “learning how to learn”, of
committing an idea to memory so that committing other ideas to memory
becomes easier in the long run.

The student has the right to ask
“When will I use this?” when dealing with mathematical topics.
Sometimes, the answer is “We need this skill for the next skill we will
learn.” Other times, the answer is “We are learning how to learn.” Both
of these answers are as valid in their way as “We will need this to
understand perspective” or “We use this to balance our checkbooks” or
“Ratios can be used to figure out costs” or other real life
applications.