MATH 2703

**Course Name: **Foundations
of Number Systems **Office:** 311 Boyd Bldg.

**Instructor:** Dr.
Nydia Powell **Office Hours: **MTWR 12:30-3:00

**E-mail: **npowell@westga.edu Telephone:
770-836-6489

**Course Objectives: **After
completion of the course, the student will demonstrate:

1. an understanding of the
standard vocabulary and notation of elementary mathematics;

2. an understanding of the
development of number systems from the whole numbers to integers, then rational
and reals;

3. an understanding of
operations, algorithms, place value, elementary number theory;

4. an ability to apply concepts
of fractions, decimals, percents, ratio, and proportion in problem-solving
situations;

5. an appreciation for mathematics
from an historical prospective; and

6. a better understanding of the
uses of a variety of manipulatives and other material for the 4-8 level.

**Text: A Problem Solving Approach to Mathematics
for Elementary School Teachers **Seventh
Edition, by Billstein, Libeskind, and Lott, Addison Wesley, 2001

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**Evaluation:** The course grade will be determined from
tests, a project, and the final examination.
There will be four tests given during the semester. All tests and the project will count 100
points each for a total of 600 possible points.

**Grading Policy: **A
(540-600 pts), B (480-539 pts), C (420-479 pts), D (360-419 pts), F (0-359 pts)

**Attendance Policy:**
Students are expected to attend all classes. Students are responsible for all assignments and material covered
during class regardless of attendance.
This term a student may withdraw with a grade of W through October 10,
regardless of grades, absences, etc.
This deadline has been established by the University. After this deadline, if a student has
accumulated more than five absences throughout the semester, he/she will
normally receive a grade of WF. (A
grade of WF counts as an F.) The five
absences should be saved for sickness and other emergencies. Late arrivals and early exits count one-half
of an absence. Class will begin and end
on time.

If a student is absent for a test and has official documentation, then
the student will be expected to complete a make-up exam within **one **week of the original test date. **Lack of** **preparation is NOT an acceptable excuse!!!** Make-up arrangements will be done according
to instructor’s discretion. If the
instructor grants a make-up exam, do not expect the make-up exam to be the same
test the class took; it could very well be more difficult. Students
who maintain a perfect attendance record (i.e. no excused or unexcused
absences) will have 5 points added to their Total Points at the end of the
semester.

**Suggested
Problems: **Problems will be suggested at the end of each session. It is strongly recommended that the student
stay current with the suggested problems, for they will facilitate the
understanding of the lessons being presented in the text. If you have questions concerning the
suggested problems, you should see the instructor during office hours or go to
the math lab. **Class time is not a problem-solving
session.**

**Conferences: **Conferences
can be beneficial and are encouraged.
All conferences should occur during the instructor’s office hours,
whenever possible. If these hours
conflict with a student’s schedule, then appointments should be made. The conference time is not to be used for
duplication of lectures that were missed; it is the student’s responsibility to
obtain lecture notes before consulting with the instructor. The instructor is very concerned about the
students’ achievement and well-being and encourages anyone having difficulties
with the course to come by the office for extra help.

**Individual
Accommodations:** Students requiring individual educational
accommodations should discuss their needs with the instructor within the first
week of class.

**Conduct and Academic
Integrity: **It is expected that students be familiar with the Student Conduct Code,
Disciplinary Procedures, and Disciplinary Sanctions in the Student
Handbook. Cheating and/or any conduct
that disturbs or disrupts the classroom, the instructor, or the students WILL
NOT be tolerated!! Any evidence that
may show otherwise will be reported; appropriate actions will be taken; and
consequences will result. If you are caught
cheating on the project, tests, or final exam, you will receive an F for the
course.

**Pagers and Cell
Phones: **Students are not allowed to carry pagers and cell phones in the classroom
unless they are set to an inaudible setting.