__MATH 2703 -- SYLLABUS__

**Text:** *A Problem Solving Approach to Mathematics
for Elementary School Teachers*
Seventh Edition,

by Billstein, Libeskind, and Lott, Addison Wesley, 2001

**Outline:** Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 will be covered with certain sections
omitted

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**Learning Outcomes:** Students
should be able to demonstrate:

- an understanding of the standard vocabulary and notation of elementary mathematics;
- an understanding of the development of the number systems from the whole numbers to integers, then rational and reals;
- an understanding of operations, properties, algorithms, place value, and elementary number theory;
- an ability to apply concepts of fractions, decimals, percents, ratio, and proportion in problem-solving situations;
- an appreciation for mathematics from an historical prospective; and
- a better understanding of the uses of a variety of manipulatives and other material for the 4 - 8 level.

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There will be 3 major categories that will determine your grade for this course: (1) Paper, (2) Problem solving problems, (3) Tests, and (4) Final Exam. The percentage that each of these categories will contribute to your overall grade are as follows:

__Problem
solving problems__: 17%

__Tests:__
63% (21%
each)

__Final
Exam:__
20%

__ Problem
Solving Problems:__ You will receive math problems
periodically throughout the semester. you will normally be given two weeks
to solve each problem, type up your solution that provides a thorough
explanation of your problem solving process, and hand it in. (

*HERE
IS HOW THE PROBLEMS WORKS*: You are to find the solution
to the problem given to you. Your solution should consist of a
THOROUGH explanation of your
problem solving process and it

****REMEMBER**** -- Your solution must be a THOROUGH
explanation of the problem solving process and it must be typed so that it is
easy to follow and understand. Furthermore, since this is an explanation
it must be in paragraph form!!

**Tests:**__ __
There will be 3tests given during the semester. You will be given advance notice of
these tests*.*

__ Make-up Tests: __
Make-up tests will consist of

**Suggested Problems:**__ __
Problems will be suggested at the end of each section. 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 then you should see me during my office hours or go to the
math lab. **Class time is not a
problem solving session**. Office
hours and math lab have a purpose…..MAKE USE OF THEM!!!!

**Grade Scale**: 100 -- 90 î A

89 -- 80 î B

79 -- 70 î C

69 -- 60 î D

59 and below î F

** EXPECTATIONS
**

**Attendance:** * You are expected to attend class every
class period*. Class time is
the only time I will

**Method of
Instruction:** The primary
method of classroom instruction will be by lecture during class time. Class time will include, but is not
limited to, discussing new material, working example problems on the board,
student participation in problem solving, and assessment. In addition, a student is responsible
for his/her own understanding of the lessons being presented. Since class time is limited, only a
limited number of examples can be given in class. However, reading the book can
be of great benefit to you. It is
NOT A NOVEL, reading a textbook of this type must be slow going and
careful.

**Additional
Help:** If a student is in
need of some extra help to understand concepts contained in this course, there
are a couple of places to get such help:
**(1)** ME!!! I have office hours….again THAT’S WHAT
THEY ARE FOR!! **(2)** Mathlab – located in the Boyd Building
Room 302, open Monday through Thursday afternoons.

**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 the students be
familiar with the Student Conduct Code, Disciplinary Procedures, and
Disciplinary Sanctions contained in Appendix A of the Student Handbook.

**CHEATING:** Cheating **IS NOT** tolerated in this
class. If you are caught or even
suspected of cheating on anything that is to be turned in for a grade in
this class, ACTIONS WILL BE
TAKEN!!! If you are caught cheating
on the class project, tests or the final exam you will receive a 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. I give you my undivided attention for
the entire class period, please give me the same respect. However, if you
can't seem to give me the same respect I give you by turning your cell phones
off, then here are the consequences for this lack of respect. If your cell
phone rings in my classroom, I will make a mental note of whose cell phone it is
and lower that persons overall course grade one letter grade every time it
happens. Also, if you answer your cell phone INSIDE my classroom you will
receive an F for the semester.