Você está na página 1de 4

Math 17 ONLINE Course Applications of Finite Mathematics In this course you will explore how basic mathematics is used

in many different applications in real life. Topics include finding the winner in an election (voting theory), dividing an estate (fair division), compound interest and annuities (financial math), probability and statistics, and finding the shortest route to deliver flowers (graph theory).

I. Goals of Course This course is a great way to see how simple math is used in many different situations to help solve problems or answer questions. II. Who Should Take This Course? Most of the math in this course is arithmetic, though occasionally there is a bit of algebra. The math might be basic, but because this is an online course you will be teaching yourself many of the topics. In order to be successful in this class you should be a fairly competent mathematician, an independent learner, motivated, and not a procrastinator! If you are concerned about your ability to take a math course on-line, better to be safe than sorry. If you are a UVM student sign up for a traditional math class. III. What Will I Need for Math 17? Scientific Calculator Course Compass Code (See below) Textbook or e-book Excursions in Modern Mathematics by Peter Tannenbaum (Note: When you sign up for Course Compass you automatically have access to an e-book so there is no need to have a hard copy of the textbook unless that is your preference.) Along with motivation and a desire to learn, you will need either a hard copy or online version of the textbook, Excursions in Modern Mathematics by Peter Tannenbaum, (7th edition). You will find that unlike most math books, this one is pretty easy to follow, cleverly written, and has a sense of humor. I have taught out of this Tannenbaum text for many years, and most students find it a more than acceptable textbook. You will also need a Course Compass Access Code to allow you to use the online homework. You have two options to obtain the code and neither one is better than the other, it's a matter of what will work best for you. One option is to purchase only the Course Compass code through the Pearson website using a valid credit card or through the UVM Bookstore. This is the most direct and

least expensive option and includes an electronic version of the textbook. The Course Compass code is necessary for you to take the homework and tests for the course through MyMathLab. With MyMathLab you get an on-line version of the book which includes all the text and homework exercises. You can also print out any pages you like. The other option is to purchase a textbook at the UVM Bookstore so you have a hard copy of the book, and the Course Compass code separately. This option is more expensive, but some people don't like to read a book on the computer or simply want a "real" textbook to use. Warning: Do not buy your textbook through Amazon or other sources as they will not include a Course Compass code!

IV. How does Course Compass Work? Course Compass is an online homework and test site. It runs just like BlackBoard so most of you will find it easy to navigate. You will need to register for the course on the website: http://www.coursecompass.com/ . Follow the instructions under Student Registration and use TBD for the Course ID. There is also a link in the control panel that takes you to the home page for Course Compass and shows you the steps to follow to register. You should run MyMathLab Browser Check and work through the orientation exercises. It's also a good idea to look at the e-book and see how that works. The ebook includes many animated segments and on-line presentations on the material. The Homework problems are set up so that you have an unlimited number of times to try the problem until you get it right! So if you invest the time, you should always get a good score on the homework. WARNING! Course Compass homeworks and tests have very strict deadlines. Plan ahead so you have plenty of time to complete an assignment and have time to deal with unexpected problems.

V. Course Structure

The structure of this course is pretty simple. The Course Schedule gives you the order the chapters will be covered and a timeline. Generally, you will read a chapter from the textbook, then complete the Course Compass homework assignment for that chapter. After the first set of chapters is completed, there will be a midterm exam. This same process is repeated for the second half of the course.

VI. Work Expectations You have some time to complete each chapter but expect to do a chapter a week. If you are busy with other classes, keep on eye on this one because often the deadlines can come up quickly. Start early! Most chapters take longer than you think to read and work on the homework. When you work on Course Compass, give yourself plenty of time. You can come back and finish a Course Compass assignment but that is not ideal. Plan to spend an hour or two for each Homework set. Remember, there are deadlines for the homework assignments to keep you on track. Plan your time carefully. Refer to the Course Schedule to pace yourself. Check the Course Compass page frequently to see when new assignments are posted.

VII. For Help in the Course Send me an e-mail if you run into trouble. I will try to respond within 24 hours, but I don't check e-mail over the weekend! I know some of you taking this class are not in Burlington or have other responsibilities during the day. In that case, the "show a worked problem" button on the Course Compass homework is a great resource. Also, click on the tutorials in the e-book to see problems worked out. I can also try to help via e-mail and you can phone me during my office hours and we can work to try to clear up any confusion with the material. The podcasts are also really helpful. To prepare for the midterm and final there are tutorials and other options to work through in Course Compass to help you study. VIII. Podcasts I have created some podcasts to help you work through some of the harder topics. Check them out. It's like you're in my office and I'm showing you how to solve the problems.

IX. Communication Policy

I will be checking my e-mail daily. Usually quickly in the morning and then around Noon. Please use my UVM e-mail address (Karla.Karstens@uvm.edu) if you have a question or concern. There is also an option to e-mail directly from Course Compass if you are having a question on a particular problem. I will be holding office hours that will be determined once the semester starts. Feel free to e-mail or call to set up a time to get together if you are having trouble with a particular topic. My office is in the Henry Marcus Lord House Room 302. (On the UVM Campus map it is listed as 16 Colchester Avenue.) It is a cream colored house with green trim on the corner of Colchester Avenue and Mansfield Avenue. I can also meet with you at another time if you have a conflict with my office hours. Those arrangements should be made via e-mail. Even though this is an on-line course, I am happy to meet with you if you have questions. And I can usually zero in on problems via e-mail or by phone if you are not in the Burlington area. If you have an emergency, my cell phone number is (802) 338-2590. Please do not call after 11:00 p.m. Check the announcements page frequently for changes and news once the class gets started.