Transition to Advanced Mathematics
Office: Boyd 325
Office Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 11a.m., Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Monday and Wednesday 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., or by appointment.
Text: A Transition to Higher Mathematics, 5th edition, by Eggen/St.Andre
10-12 Short in-class Responses (WTL exercises)
These will be one to five sentences written responses to questions raised in the lecture. Each part will be assigned from 0-4 points of these 0-2 will be given for content and 0-2 for style.
3 75-minute tests during class periods.
1 Comprehensive Final
3-4 Short oral presentations and write-up. Each will be graded on a 5-point scale. The presentation will be 0-3 points and judged on coherence and clarity of presentation. (An extra point can be gained by using technology in the presentation.) The write-up (a WTL exercise) will be 0-2 points and graded on clarity of style, grammar, and spelling. The write-up is due two class periods after the presentation. The max score for the write up will be reduced by one point per class period if handed in late. References must be included. The reference style should be the AMS style. Examples of this style can be found in The American Math Monthly.
1 Paper 5-8 pages in length. (Illustrations and graphs not to be included in the page count.) (WTC exercise) The paper should be typed or printed. The text should be double spaced and using a 12pt font. Topics may be selected from people, problems, schools or controversies in mathematics and must have the instructors consent. The bibliography must include at least 2 books, 2 journal articles and 2 Web addresses references. The style of the bibliography should be the AMS style. The outline and rough draft will be read and handed back with helpful suggestions only if handed in by the dates given below.
Your course grade is based on these 7 parts as follows:
Test 1 15%
Test 2 15%
Test 3 15%
Presentations and write-ups 15%
Letter grade: A90>B80>C70>D60>F
October 3 Outline of paper due.
October 10 Last day to withdraw with a W
October 24 Rough draft of paper due.
October 24 Test 2
November 26 Test 3
December 3 Final draft of paper due (Last Class)
December 10 Final Exam 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Boyd 206
* NOTE: A “W” designation after a section number signifies that the course is a Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) course. WAC accepts as a guiding principle the idea that writing is a valuable tool for learning and communication. Therefore, the writing components of a course so designated are designed to help you learn the material and communicate what you have learned. Students are required to take two “W” courses for an undergraduate degree in the College of Arts and Sciences.