Math 170 Course Information - Fall 2008

Tuesday, Thursday 12 pm - 1:30 pm DRL A8

Faculty: Nate Ackerman TA: David Favero TA: Donna Dietz
E-mail: nate AT E-mail: favero AT
E-mail: dietzd AT
DRL 4N53
DRL 4N17 Office:
Office Hours: Wed. 2-3pm Office Hours:
Office Hours: Tues./Wed. 1-2pm

It is assumed you all have a copy of these textbooks

Title: Heart Of Mathematics: An Invitation to Effective Thinking

Authors: Edward B. Burger, Michael Starbird

Publisher: Key College Publishing

Year: 2005

Title: The Magic of Numbers

Author: Benedict Gross and Joe Harris

Publisher: Pearson, Prentice Hall

Year: 2004

Grades will be broken up as follows

Homework: 30%

Presentation: 20%

Midterm Exam: 20%

Final Exam: 30%

Bonus Points: 3-5%
Your grades will be posted at Blackboard.

Homework will be posted at the course website on Tuesdays. Homework will be due at the beginning of class one week after they are assigned. If for any reason you are unable to attend class you are responsible for finding your TA and giving him your homework before he goes home. Late homework will not be accepted.

Discussion of the homework before it is due is strongly encouraged. However, each person must write up their solutions themselves and put on the homework the names of everyone they worked with.

In determining the grades for the homework two problems will be chosen at random. The break up of the homework will then be

Finishing All Problems: 20%

Problem 1: 40%

Problem 2: 40%

Each student will be required to give a 5-10 minute presentation during recitation at some point in the semester. The presentation will be related to the material recently presented in lecture and I will provide a rough outline of what you should cover. However, you should build on this basic outline to provide an informative and interesting presentation which delves deeper into the ideas than was done in lecture.

You will sign up for a date during your first recitation and the Wednesday of the week before your presentation you must meet with me between 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm in my office. If you have a conflict with this time you must let me and your TA know a least a week before the scheduled meeting.

At the end of all presentation in a section their will be a quiz given to your section class on the material covered. Your grade will depend in part on how your section does on this quiz
% Of Correct Answers on Quiz:

  Presentation of Material (Graded by TA):

Material Covered In Outline (Graded by TA): 30%

New Material Not Covered in Outline (Graded by TA): 30%

There will be a midterm exam in this class on Thursday October 23. It will be on the material covered up until that point. More details on the exact format will be given closer to the actual exam.

Final Exam
There will be a final exam in this class. The exact form of which will be announced closer to the time of the final.

Bonus Points
Throughout the semester students will be given the opportunity to earn "bonus points". At the end the class a value between 3% and 5% will be chosen (the value will depend on how the class as a whole does). Each person will then be given extra credit percentage points based on how many "bonus points" they received relative to the rest of the class. These will be Pure Extra Credit. What this means is that having bonus points can help you, but not having them can't hurt you.

For example suppose the value was set at 5% then we might have the following:

Grade Bonus Points Final Grade
Student A 80% 100 85%
Student B 81% 50 83.5%
Student C 82% 0 82%

Main Places Where Bonus Points Will Be Awarded
Lecture Quizzes: There will often be quizzes given at the end of lecture. These quizzes should not be difficult if you have been paying attention in class. If you get the quiz correct, you will receive a bonus point. The goal of these quizzes is to encourage all students to attend lecture. Because, while not mandatory, attending the lectures will greatly improve your understanding of the material.
Presentation Quizzes: In section, after the presentations, everyone in the section will be given a quiz on the material presented. If you get all of the questions correct you will receive a bonus point.

Questions in Section: Asking questions is one of the most important steps in learning. As such, each student is encouraged to come with at least one question related to the material discussed during the week. At the beginning of section the TA will collect these questions and anyone who turns one in will get a bonus point.

This page was created by Nate Ackerman, and last revised on September 2, 2008.