University of West Georgia FALL 2002


Course: MATH 1101- 01, Mathematical Modeling - 3 credits PREREQUISITE: NONE.


Course Description: This course is an introduction to mathematical modeling using graphical, numerical, symbolic, and verbal techniques to describe and explore real-world data and phenomena. Emphasis is on the use of elementary functions to investigate and analyze applied problems and questions, supported by the use of technology, and effective communication of results.

Course Objective: This course is intended to show practical applications of mathematics to real life situations and give meaning to math. The approach will be to use algebra to answer questions from the physical and social sciences, through traditional methods as well as technological tools. Primary focus will be placed on the underlying concepts and strategies for problem solving. The solutions themselves will be secondary, although still important.


Instructor: Mr. Jim Bellon office phone: 770) 836-4353


Office & Hours: Boyd, rm 330 Mon & Wed 8-9am, 2-3pm, and 4:30-5:30 pm

Fri 2-3pm. Tutoring in MATH LAB Mon & Wed 3-4:30pm


Class Meets: MWF 9:00 9:50 a.m. Room 206 Boyd Building

Text: Explorations in College Algebra, by Klime & Clark, 2nd edition, 2001.

A graphing calculator is STRONGLY recommended, preferably the TI-83.

Grading: There will be 3 class session tests (100 pts each), 1 group project (100 pts), a comprehensive Final exam (150 pts), 7-8 quizzes (best 5 will count for 20 pts each, totaling 100 pts), classroom group work (totaling 100 pts), and 50 class points. This totals 800 points. Final grades will be determined as follows:

720 and up ( 90% and up ) A

640 719 ( 80% to 89% ) B

560 639 ( 70% to 79% ) C

480 559 ( 60% to 69% ) D

479 and below ( 59% and below ) F


Project: Group project (1 to 3 students) requiring some research and calculation, to be handed in by April 3rd. Description will be handed out at a later date.


Quizzes: Expect about 1 quiz every week lasting about 10-15 minutes (except during a test week). Date and topics will typically be announced the week before.


Group work: There will be 3-4 small classroom group projects. The work will proceed over a few days in and out of class to be done by the students in groups with instructor guidance.

Class Points: The purpose of the class points is to reward students for effort and not be based on math performance. Class points can be obtained as follows: 1 pt for each day present when attendance is taken. 5 pts for each homework assignment collected.


Homework: Homework will be assigned for each textbook section. They will periodically be collected and checked for effort. Collected work will count towards class points.

Final Exam Date: Wednesday, December 11th 8:00 10:00 a.m.


Attendance Policy: Students are expected to attend class and complete all work when assigned. Grades are not directly affected by absence. However, the student is responsible for the topics covered and assignments due whether present or not. I was not here is NOT a valid excuse.


Last Date to Withdraw: Thursday, October 10th