Foundations of Numbers

Math 2703

**3 Credit Hours**

**Summer 2006**

**Office: ** Boyd
Hall 306

**Phone:** 678-839-4129

**Email: ** kdyke@westga.edu

**Office Hours: **Mon / Wed / Fri 10:00
am to 11:00 am

Tues / Thurs 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

AND by appointment

**Required
Text:** *A Problem Solving Approach to Mathematics for Elementary
School Teachers* (8^{th} ed.) by Blilstein, Libeskind & Lott
(2004).

**Course Description:** This course
is a functional approach to algebra that incorporates the use of appropriate
technology. Emphasis will be placed on the study of functions, and their
graphs, inequalities, and, linear, quadratic and piece-wise defined, rational,
polynomial, exponential and logarithmic functions. Appropriate applications
will be included.

**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 number systems from the
whole number to integers, then rational numbers and real.
- An understanding of operations, algorithm, place value, elementary
number theory.
- An ability to apply concepts of fractions, decimals, percents,
ratios, and proportions in problem solving situations.
- A better understanding of the uses of a variety of manipulatives and other material for the P-8 level.
- An appreciation for mathematics from an historical prospective.

**Sections
Covered:** 1.1 - 1.2, 2.1 -
2.5, 3.1 - 3.4, 4.1 - 4.5, 5.1 - 5.4, 6.1 6.4 & 6.6.

Test
1 150 pts

Test
2 150 pts

Test
3 150 pts

Class
Participation 50 pts

Presentation 50
pts

Articles
Reviews 50 pts

Literature
Projects 100 pts

Homework 100 pts

__Final 200 pts__

Total
1000
pts

Grade distribution by
your total points:

A 900 - 1000

B 899 800

C 799 700

D 699 600

F 0 - 599

__Class participation, presentations,
projects and homework:____ __

**Presentations:** Each student will select one section of the
topics we are covering and do a 10 15 minute presentation or an activity to
teach the mathematical concept. The
activity should promote the conceptual understanding of the mathematical topic.

**Article Reviews:** Each student will select two articles from the
reference section at the end of the chapters of your textbook and do a 1 2
page review on the article. The paper
will discuss the content of the article and how the article is relevant to
teaching the mathematical concept.

**Literature Projects: **Each student will come up with two activities
/ lesson plans from children literature books or other related topics from the
Georgia Professional Standards. (www.georgiastandards.org). You will hand in a 1 2 page lesson plan or
paper describing each activity. Each
description should include; the lessons objective, how you will achieve the
objective (or how the activity will work), and the materials used.

**Homework:** Homework assignments are listed on the
class schedule and are due on Test days.

**Attendance Policy: **Students are expected to attend all classes. If a class is missed, the student is
responsible for the material and assignments.
Tests cannot be made up.
Attendance will be taken everyday.

**Cheating:** Cheating
will not be tolerated. If a student is
caught cheating on a test, they will receive a zero for the test and referred
to the student judicial for academic dishonesty.

**Cell phones
and other considerations:**

Please
refrain from any cell phone use in class.
Please refrain from any unrelated conversations during class. If you have a question about the class
material, please ask. Other students can
easily be distracted by even small conversations.