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SMTH 120A* *- COLLEGE
MATHEMATICS *Tentative *- Fall 2000

__ Catalog Description__ (partial): (3) Basic concepts of elementary
algebra, subsets of the Cartesian plane; rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions;
arithmetic and geometric series; simple and compound interest; annuities; fundamentals of
probability and statistics. Only one of Mathematics 120, 121 or 126 may be used to satisfy
a mathematics requirement for general education or major credit. [

Upon successful completion of this course, the student

* should be a more intelligent consumer of numerical and graphical information, better prepared to read and understand the research and literature in his/her areas of study and interest,

* will have gained experience in collecting and processing data, and in presenting numerical information, both orally and in writing,

* will see the need for mathematical thinking and the applications of mathematical concepts in his/her areas of study and interest.

__ Required Calculator__: TI-83 or -83 plus (Texas Instruments). The
calculator may be purchased locally at discount stores and at the USCS Bookstore. The
TI-82 is acceptable, but the -83 is preferred. The TI-80,-81,-85,-86,-89 and other brands
are

__ Suggested Reference__:

__ Also Required__: Ring binder (and perhaps a set of index
dividers)

One or two virus-free 3.5" computer disks, formatted for IBM

*College Mathematics* booklet and handouts, available from the
bookstore.

__PLEASE NOTE__: This section uses calculators and computers to obviate
much of the calculation required in traditional math courses. Students often will work in
groups. The groups will need to arrange some meetings outside of regularly scheduled
class/lab hours. If your work schedule is too inflexible to meet occasionally outside of
regular hours with a group, you should choose another course. HAVING TO WORK is no excuse
for failing to complete tasks - including group work - assigned in this course. The other
lab assisted course acceptable for general education credit is SMTH 121A.

** Course Strategy and Objectives**: Topics described in the catalog
(see description above) will be learned through individual and group projects. The
projects concern problems encountered in the disciplines served by this course: nursing,
the social sciences, arts, languages and communications, etc. Project reports will be
produced using calculators and computers.

You need not be knowledgeable of any of these to enroll. Basic instruction on rudimentary calculator and computer use is part of the course. (Don't drop your computer literacy course! You won't learn that much about computing in SMTH 120A!) By the end of the course you should know the characteristics of the functions listed in the catalog description, and you should know how they can be used. You'll be exposed to some elementary statistical concepts as you work on your projects. Your grade will come from your performance in group and individual projects and from regularly scheduled tests as detailed below.

__ Makeup Tests__ are given only for good reasons, and at the
instructor's convenience. Athletes and others who miss class for University sponsored
events should notify the instructor in advance.

__ Attendance and attentiveness__: A maximum of five classes may be
missed regardless of the reason. There are

__ Grading:__ There will be two or three in-class tests. Another
test grade will come from the portfolio of writing assignments and project reports,
including a

in-class test grades and portfolio . . . 45%

group and individual projects . . . 20%(Group project grades will not count if test and individual project grades average less than the grade of C.)

attendance and participation . . . . 10%

cumulative final exam grade . . . . 25%

As part of the assessment of the mathematics program at USCS, there will be a department constructed problem section on the final exam. This will consist of 10 multiple-choice questions.

__ Grading Scale__: 100-90% = A; 89-80% = B; 79-70% = C; 69-60%=D;
Below 60% = F. "Plus" grades may be awarded for high B, C, or D final grades if
work is judged meritorious by some measure not anticipated by the above specifications.

__ Instructor__: Dr. M.B. Ulmer e-mail:mbulmer@vm.sc.edu or
mulmer@uscs.edu

__ Office__: Smith 215 Phone: 503-5224 (office); 472-6071 (Home)

__ Office Hours__: Mon. and Fri. 9:30-10:20 (tentative)

or by appointment or by "heyyougottaminute?"

__ Last day to withdraw without penalty;__ Thursday, 2 November

__ Notes:__ 1. Any student having a physical or learning disability
requiring modifications of the instructional or testing environment, methods, or format,
must inform the instructor of such disability the first week of class.

2. This is a tentative syllabus. Modifications may be necessary as we progress.