**Math 106 – Math for the Liberal Arts (proposal)**

SYLLABUS

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Text: Bennett, J. & Briggs, W., __Essentials of Using and Understanding Mathematics__. Addison-Wesley: Boston. 2003.

Prerequisites: MAT 103 or placement

__Course Description__:

**Math for the Liberal Arts **is an introduction to non-technical applications of mathematics in the modern world. The course is designed to cultivate an appreciation of the significance of mathematics in daily life and develop students’ mathematical reasoning. Subjects include Quantitative Information in Everyday Life, Financial Management, Statistics, and Probability.

As for all college math classes, students should plan on spending two hours outside of class for each hour in class, i.e. a **minimum of 6 hours a week**.

__Course Goals:__

Upon completion of this course, students should:

- Understand that mathematics is relevant to their lives;
- Develop an ability to reason with quantitative information in new ways;
- Improve their self-confidence in dealing with mathematical issues;
- Strengthen the critical thinking skills needed in life.

__Course Requirements__:

- Attendance is required and students are expected to arrive for class on time. The final grade will be lowered for more than three (3) unexcused absences, and three late arrivals count as one absence. It is the student’s responsibility to inform the professor so as not to be counted as absent/late. If a student is absent or late to class, he/she is responsible for getting the lecture notes, handouts, and/or assignments during that absence.
- Homework will be given regularly on material covered in class and students are encouraged to work cooperatively. However each student is responsible for
__ALL__ the assigned material and must be prepared to turn in homework and discuss it in class. All work must be shown and students must be able to explain their reasoning, either orally or in writing. In other words, students can work on their homework together, but should not copy work from each other.
- Quizzes, exams and a cumulative final exam will be given and students are expected to take them at the times scheduled. If the student is unable to do so, the student needs to contact the professor
__before__ class and must provide a documented excuse. Students may leave messages with the Math Department secretary at x1211.
- In the real world, problem solving is often done cooperatively, where individuals with different strengths and weaknesses work together, discussing and evaluating various solutions. With this in mind, students will be working in collaborative groups on quiz problems throughout the semester. However, this does not mean that students can abdicate their personal responsibility - every student is required to attend regularly, actively contribute to group efforts and each must understand the final solution. Students will be asked to evaluate the contributions of the members of their group at the end of the semester.
- Exams will be taken individually. Calculators are required and should be used appropriately.
- Students needing help or looking for a place to work cooperatively are urged to take advantage of the tutoring services offered at Lincoln.

__TENTATIVE SCHEDULE__:

**Ch. 3 Numbers in the Real World (week 1-3)**

Uses and Abuses of Percentages

Putting Numbers in Perspective

Dealing with Uncertainty

How Numbers Deceive

Exam 1

### Ch. 4 Financial Management (week 4-6)

The Power of Compounding

Savings Plans

Loan Payments, Credit Cards, and Mortgages

Exam 2

**Ch. 5 Statistical Reasoning (week 7-10)**

Fundamentals of Statistics

Should You Believe a Statistical Study

Statistical Tables and Graphs

Graphics in the Media

Correlation and Causality

Characterizing as Data Distribution

Exam 3

### Ch 6 Probability: Living with the Odds (week 11-13)

Fundamentals of Probability

Combining Probability

The Law of Averages

Counting and Probability

Exam 4

**Final Exam or Project (week 14)**

__Tentative Grading__: Final grades will be determined approximately as follows:

Homework 100 points

Participation 100 points

Quizzes 200 points

Four Exams 400 points

__Final Exam 200 points__

Total 1000 points

The grading scale is as follows:

A 93-100% A- 89-92%

B+ 86-88% B 82-85% B- 79-81%

C+ 76-78% C 72-75% C- 69-71%

D+ 64-68% D 58-63% F 0-57%

**Note: The professor reserves the right to alter this syllabus as needed.**

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