Foundations of Numbers
3 Credit Hours
Office: Boyd Hall 306
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 (8th 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:
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.