M302 Introduction to Mathematics

Unique Number 55035 (MWF 10 - 11, ECJ 1.202), Spring 2003

PREREQUISITE: Three units of high school mathematics at the level of Algebra I or higher, and a passing score on the mathematics section of the Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP) test.

TEXT: Berger and Starbird, The Heart of Mathematics: An Invitation to Effective Thinking

OPTIONAL SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIALS: The manipulative kit that comes with the textbook. (You should be able to purchase the kit separately at the local bookstores if you buy a used book that does not include the kit.) If you do not purchase this manipulative kit, you will need to provide substitute materials for some of the class activities.

TOPICS COVERED: Chapter 1, Selections from Chapter s 2, 3, 4, 5, (and 6 as time permits), Chapter 7.

PLEASE NOTE: Contrary to what the name of the course might suggest, this course is not a prerequisite for any math course except M 316K: Foundations of Arithmetic.

INSTRUCTOR: Prof. M. Smith

OFFICE: RLM 10.136 PHONE: 471-6142 EMAIL: mks@math.utexas.edu

TENTATIVE OFFICE HOURS: MWF 11:00 - 11:30, W 2:30 - 3:30 and TTh 3:30 - 4

CLASS WEB SITE: http://www.ma.utexas.edu/users/mks/302/302main03.html

TA: Anthony Ditanna              PHONE:   5-8808          EMAIL: aditanna@math.utexas.edu


TA OFFICE HOURS: TuTh 10 - 11 a.m. and 4 -5 p.m.

GRADING: Your course grade will be calculated as follows:

            Homework Quizzes: 13%
            Midterm Exams:        29% each

HOMEWORK: Reading and problems will be assigned regularly. Be sure to do the homework and bring it to class for reference on homework quizzes.

HOMEWORK QUIZZES: Unannounced homework quizzes will be given frequently in class. Rules for homework quizzes:

PLEASE NOTE: On homework quizzes and  exams, you are expected to give solutions, not just answers. This means that you need to show how you arrived at your answer. This will usually involve explaining your reasoning, and sometimes will also involve calculations.

MIDTERM EXAMS: There will be three midterm exams, given at the regularly scheduled class time. All midterm exams will be in Burdine 542106 Please note correction. The dates of the midterm exams are Friday, February 21, Friday, March 28, and Friday, May 2.

FINAL EXAM: The final exam (scheduled by the University for Wednesday, May 7, 9 a.m. - 12 noon) will consist of an opportunity to take a second version of any or all of the three midterm exams. If you are satisfied with your grades on the first versions of all three exams, you will be exempted from the final exam.

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: Please notify me as soon as possible of any modification or adaptation you may require to accommodate a disability-related need. You will be requested to provide documentation to the Dean of Students' Office, in order that the most appropriate accommodations can be determined. Please be sure that I have information on any modifications regarding exams at least two weeks before the first exam. Specialized services are available on campus through Services for Students with Disabilities. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 471-6259, 471-4641 TTY.