This version posted on: 2012-08-30

An introduction to quantitative reasoning, with the aim of developing the capacity to comprehend and analyze the quantitative information that is prevalent in modern society. Topics include mathematical modeling, basic probability and statistics, and practical applications.

Math 110 is one of the math courses that fulfills the General Education requirement for mathematical reasoning, in many cases. It also fulfills prerequisites for courses in Chem, CompSci, Econ, and Psych, among others.

- Wed/Thu Sept 5/6: First day of class -
- Wed/Thu Oct 3/4: Midterm Exam 1 -
- Wed/Thu Oct 31/Nov 1: Midterm Exam 2
- Wed Nov 21: Thanksgiving break--no classes
- Tue/Wed Dec 11/12: last day of class
- final: T/R class: Thu Dec 13, 11:30-1:00 AN HOUR EARLY!!
- final: M/W class: Wed Dec 19, 11:30-1:00 AN HOUR EARLY!!!

Class meetings will be mostly interactive lectures, with some time to work on problems in class, and some time to go over problems from the homework. Some class sessions will meet in a computer lab or use a cartful of laptops. Exams will also be held during class meetings.

I expect that you will work on Math 110 for 6 to 10 hours per week outside of class during a regular (Fall/Winter) semester, and twice that during the shortened Summer semester.Pray-Harrold 515m

andrew.ross@emich.edu

http://people.emich.edu/aross15/

(734) 487-1658, but I strongly prefer e-mail instead of phone contact.

Math department main office: Pray-Harrold 515, (734) 487-1444

Mon/Wed: 9:00- 9:30 Office Hours 9:30-10:45 Math 319 in PH 520 11:00-11:50 Math 120 in PH 323 11:50-12:30 Office Hours (Mon not Wed), and lunch 12:30- 1:45 Math 110-14 in Sill 204c (subject to room change) crn 12945 1:45- 2:30 Office hours 3:30- 4:30 Mondays: IFC meetings Tue/Thu: 10:30-11:00 Office Hours 11:00-11:50 Math 120 in PH 323 11:50-12:30 Office Hours and lunch 12:30- 1:45 Math 110-18 in PH 305 (subject to room change) crn 13325 1:45- 2:30 Office hours ?? MCM meetings? Fri: No official office hours, but I'm often on campus. E-mail me to make an appointment, or drop by.

I am also happy to make appointments if you cannot come to the general office hours. Please send me e-mail to arrange an appointment.

The Mathematics Student Services Center (or "Math Lab") is also here to help you, in Pray-Harrold 411. Their hours are posted here. Please give them a call at 734-487-0983 or just drop by.

Another resource on campus is the Holman Success Center, formerly the Holman Learning Center.- "Quantitative Reasoning in Mathematics" Course Pack (dated 2012-2013) by Ahlbrandt, Calin, Curran, Gardiner, and Ross. ISBN-13: 978-0-7380-5442-1 I strongly recommend you buy this year's version, not previous year's--many changes have been made.
- Scientific Calculator. Bring it to class each day. A good example is the TI-30X-IIS calculator ($15-$20). It does not have to be a graphing calculator, but the TI-83plus graphing calculator is recommended. Cell-phone calculators are not allowed on quizzes or tests.
- Microsoft Excel, or other spreadsheet software such as MS Works or Gnumeric or OpenOffice.org Calc or Google Docs.

I will post data files, homework assignment files, etc. on my home page.

We will use the EMU-Online system (click here to access it, or go through my.emich.edu). You are expected to keep an eye on your scores using the system, and get extra help if your scores indicate the need.

We will also use EMU-Online to do some homework assignments and to upload other homework assignments.

- Graphing Calculator Manual for TI-83plus and TI-86 (ISBN: 0534-379001)
- In past years, we have used other textbooks for this course;
some people may like to read them in addition to our current
textbook. They are:
- "Using and Understanding Mathematics: A Quantitative Reasoning Approach" by Bennett and Briggs (any edition),
- "For All Practical Purposes: Mathematical literacy in today's world" (any edition), and
- "Quantitative Reasoning: Tools for Today's Informed Citizen" by Sevilla and Somers

- Carry out the steps of a mathematical modeling process.
- Apply a variety of mathematical models to problem situations.
- Analyze data using descriptive statistics.
- Calculate and interpret discrete probabilities.
- Use the normal distribution.
- Apply statistical criteria such as significance tests, correlation and confidence intervals.
- Explain the meaning of statistical criteria such as significance tests, correlation and confidence intervals.
- Present a written or oral report outlining a problem situation, a proposed mathematical model, and a solution, together with a discussion of both the assumptions upon which the model is based and the limitations of the model.
- Analyze data using a spreadsheet program.
- Use a spreadsheet program to produce tables and graphs, and include them in a written report.

(short form): Students will learn to solve real-life problems using a mathematical modeling process. They will learn to:

- Build an appropriate model.
- Use the model to solve the problem.
- Communicate the results of their analysis.
- Evaluate the model.

- Build an appropriate model.
- Estimate an answer to the problem.
- Identify important components of the model.
- Collect or generate appropriate data.
- Analyze the situation using arithmetic, geometric, algebraic, and probabilistic or statistical methods.

- Use the model to solve the problem.
- Propose a solution.
- Evaluate the reasonableness of the solution.

- Communicate the results of their analysis.
- Share the findings in oral or written reports using appropriate mathematical language.
- Write summaries to explain how they reached their conclusions.
- Communicate quantitative relationships using symbols, equations, graphs, and tables.

- Evaluate the model.
- Draw other inferences from the model.
- Identify the assumptions of the model.
- Discuss the limitations of the model.

- 50%: Homework, In-Class Work, Projects, and possible Quizzes
- 15%: each of 2 Midterm Exams
- 20%: Final Exam

90+ is an A, 85-89.999 is an A- 80-84.999 is a B+ 75-79.999 is a B 70-74.999 is a B- 65-69.999 is a C+ 60-64.999 is a C 55-59.999 is a C- 50-54.999 is a D+ 45-49.999 is a D 40-44.999 is a D- below 40 is a failing grade.Note that there are about 17 homework assignments/worksheets, and homework all together is worth 50 percent of your grade. So, each assignment or worksheet is worth about 3 percent of your grade. Missing two can knock you from an A to an A-, or an A- to a B+, etc. Or, put it this way: if you paid about $1000 to take this course, each homework is worth about $30. So not turning in a homework is like taking a $10 and a $20 out of your wallet and burning them--and that's just the immediate effect, not including doing worse on the tests, and increasing the chances you might have to take the whole course again. Similarly, we have about 28 class meetings this semester. So, you are paying about $36 per class meeting--miss one, and you might as well burn two $20 bills.

Regular attendance is strongly recommended. There will be material presented in class that is not in the textbook, yet will be required on the exams. Similarly, there are things in the textbook that are might not be covered in class, but are still required on the homework and exams. If you must miss a class, arrange to get a copy of the notes from someone, and arrange for someone to ask your questions for you.

My lectures and discussions mostly use the chalkboard. I do not usually have PowerPoint-like presentations, and thus cannot hand out copies of slides.

Sometimes we may have work that is assigned but not collected. Even if homework or worksheets are not collected, you are responsible for learning it--it could be on the tests!

Our project this semester will be a role-playing game where we pretend that it is 1935 and we are members of the US House of Representatives. You will stand up and make short speeches to persuade your fellow Representatives to vote for what you want included (or not included) in the new Social Security law, using cost estimates that you derive as your main line of reasoning. This will occupy the last week of class.

The final will be comprehensive, with a special emphasis on any material not covered by the midterm exam(s).

You might be assigned seats while exams are in progress. No extra time will be given for late arrivals to exams. During the exam, all electronic equipment other than your calculator should be put away. Remember, calculators embedded in cell phones are not allowed.

Do not purchase any airline tickets to depart before the final exam. Be sure to allow enough time to get to the airport, etc. You will not be allowed to "take the exam early because you have already purchased a non-refundable airline ticket". See above for the final exam schedules.

No scores will be dropped, unless a valid medical excuse with evidence is given (subject to the school's H1N1 Flu policy). In the unfortunate event of a medical need, the instructor will decide between a make-up being given or the grade being dropped, or any appropriate other options. Even if a grade is dropped, you are strongly encouraged to still complete the relevant assignments or exams and consult with me during office hours to ensure you know the material.

- _Ask questions_! Prof. Ross _will_ answer.
- Study, prepare and take advantage of office hours if needed!
- Come to class, take notes & use the opportunity to make the sheet for exams. Very helpful were the sheets we could use on exams.
- Write all that you can on the note sheet you can use for the test because it's better to have more than you need instead of missing something :)
- Be prepared to understand the math and its various applications.
- You will be spending a lot of time on the computer, but the areas that you cover will really benefit you.
- Read the book (at least some of it). The examples from the book are very helpful. Sometimes things are better explained in the book if you don't completely understand how to do something first.
- Listen to what is talked about in class to help prepare for the exams.
- Have a calculator & do the homework. Watch your calculations.
- Make sure you always ask questions and go to office. It is what helped me get through this class. Professor Ross always helped when we asked.
- Come to class, ask questions, see Dr. Ross in office hours he will help explain things.
- Don't round up on the homework until you get to your final answer.

Current University policy recognizes the rights of students to observe religious holidays without penalty to the student. Students will provide advance notice to the instructor in order to make up work, including examinations, they miss as a result of their absence from class due to observance of religious holidays. If satisfactory arrangements cannot be made with the instructor, the student may appeal to the school director or head(s) of department(s) in which the course(s) is / are offered.

Academic dishonesty, including all forms of cheating, falsification, and/or plagiarism, will not be tolerated in this course. Penalties for an act of academic dishonesty may range from receiving a failing grade for a particular assignment to receiving a failing grade for the entire course. In addition, you may be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards for discipline that can result in either a suspension or permanent dismissal. The Student Conduct Code contains detailed definitions of what constitutes academic dishonesty but if you are not sure about whether something you are doing would be considered academic dishonesty, consult with the course instructor. You may access the Code online at: www.emich.edu/studentconduct/

Students are expected to abide by the Student Conduct Code and assist in creating an environment that is conducive to learning and protects the rights of all members of the University Community. Incivility and disruptive behavior will not be tolerated and may result in a request to leave class and referral to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards (SJS) for discipline. Examples of inappropriate classroom conduct include repeatedly arriving late to class, using a mobile/cellular phone while in the class session, or talking while others are speaking. You may access the Code online at www.emich.edu/studentconduct/

Those who use laptops during class should sit in the back row if possible, to avoid distracting others with what is on their screens.

If you wish to be accommodated for your disability, EMU Board of Regents Policy 8.3 requires that you first register with the Disability Resource Center (DRC) in 240K EMU Student Center. You may contact DRC by telephone (734.487.2470). Students with disabilities are encouraged to register with the DRC promptly as you will only be accommodated from the date you register with them forward. No retroactive accommodations are possible.

- Changes in your name, local address, major field of study, or source of funding;
- Changes in your degree-completion date;
- Changes in your degree-level (ex Bachelors to Masters)
- Intent to transfer to another school.

- Dropping ALL courses as well as carrying or dropping BELOW minimum credit hours;
- Employment on or off-campus;
- Registering for more than one ONLINE course per term (F visa only)
- Endorsing I-20 or DS-2019 for re-entry into the USA.