M302 Introduction to Mathematics
Unique Number 56185 (MWF 12-1, TAY 2.006), Spring 2005
1. The prerequisite for this course is 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)
2. 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. If you are
looking for a prerequisite for other UT math courses, please consult
the catalogue or course schedule.
TEXT: Berger and Starbird, The Heart of
An Invitation to Effective Thinking, second edition.
OPTIONAL SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIALS: The manipulative
kit that comes with the textbook. (You should be able to purchase the
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
need to provide substitute materials for some of the class activities.
TOPICS COVERED: Chapter 1; selections from Chapters
2, 3, 4, 5, and/or 6; Chapters 7 and 8.
INSTRUCTOR: Professor Smith
OFFICE: RLM 10.136 PHONE:
471-6142 (message at 471-7711) EMAIL:
HOME PAGE: http://www.ma.utexas.edu/users/mks/
OFFICE HOURS: Posted on home page (see above)
CLASS WEB SITE: http://www.ma.utexas.edu/users/mks/302sp05/302home.html
TA: Jonathan Pearson
TA OFFICE: RLM 13.152
TA OFFICE HOURS: (In RLM 13.152)
3 - 4 11 - 11:50 (Please note
- Tues. 11:15 - 12:15
3 - 4
11 - 11:50 (Please note change.)
- Th. 11:15 - 12:15 (Added 4/10/05)
- Fri. 1 -
1:50 (Please note change)
GRADING: Your course grade will be calculated as
Homework Quizzes: 16%
Midterm Exams: 28% 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.
TIP FOR SUCCESS IN THIS COURSE: Be sure to do the
homeowork for evey class. Plan your time so that you can spend about
two hours between each two classes on homework.
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
answers. This means that you need to show how you arrived at your
This will usually involve explaining your reasoning, and sometimes will
also involve calculations.
- A homework quiz may include
any question assigned for any day starting two weeks before the date of
the quiz and up to and including the date of the quiz.
- Closed book
- You must write your solutions
on the paper provided.
- You need to provide your
own pencil or pen.
- You may use any notes
you have prepared.
- You may not use any
notes prepared by anyone else.
- No talking or sharing of
materials is permitted during homework quizzes.
- No programmable devices (this
includes graphing calculators and Palm Pilots) permitted on homework
quizzes. Nonprogrammable calculators will only be permitted on some
- No makeups on homework
quizzes. Excused absences will be given for good cause with
addition, in calculating the average for homework quizzes, the lowest
two grades will be dropped.
MIDTERM EXAMS: There will be three midterm exams,
given at the regularly scheduled class time. All midterm exams will be
in WEL 1.308.The dates of the midterm exams are Friday, February
18; Friday, April 1; and Friday, May 6.
FINAL EXAM: The final exam (scheduled by the
University for Tuesday, May 17, 9 a.m. - 12 noon, the last day of final
exams.) 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.
will not give early retakes.
- There will be no makeups
on midterm exams. There will, however, be "retakes" of all midterms
available at the final exam time, in place of a comprehensive final
exam. If you
miss a midterm exam for any reason (illness, accident, participation in
athletic event, family emergency, jury in studio class, etc.),
must take the retake for that exam at the time of the final exam, as
below. You may also take the retake to try to raise your grade on a
that you take.
- Midterm exams will be
"semi-take-home." This means that a week before each midterm, I will
give you a list of
possible exam questions. The questions on the actual exam will be
very similar to some selection from the list of questions you are
By "very similar" I mean, for example, that the numbers might be
the wording might be different or a figure involved might be slightly
different. (The retake at the final exam time will be a slightly
selection, but also taken from the questions passed out for the
The questions on the actual exam might be in a different order from the
questions in the list given to you. There might be an optional bonus
not like any on the list.
- You are allowed to get help
with the list of possible midterm questions before the exam from anyone
except me or the TA. (You may ask me or the TA questions
about anything assigned for class or covered in class, but not about
the questions given to you as possible exam questions or about very
similar questions, unless they have been assigned in the reading,
assigned as homework, or discussed in class.)
- Midterms and retakes will be
closed book, closed notes.
- You may bring a non-programmable
calculator to exams. However, programmable calculators (including
graphing calculators) and other programmable devices (such as Palm
Pilots) are not permitted in the exam.
- Bring your UT picture ID
- Bring pencil, eraser, and
scratch paper to exams.
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: Please notify me as
as possible of any modification or adaptation you may require to
accommodate a disability-related need. You will need to provide
the Dean of Students' Office, and bring me a letter from that office,
specifiying the appropriate accommodations. Please be sure that I have
information on any modifications regarding exams at least two weeks
the first exam. Specialized services are available on campus through
for Students with Disabilities. For more information, contact the
of the Dean of Students at 471-6259, 471-4641 TTY.
DEADLINES FOR DROPPING COURSES:
- Friday, January 21 - Last
day of official add/drop period; drops after this date require approval
- Monday, February 2 - Last
day to drop a course for a possible refund.
- Monday, February 14 - Last day
to drop a course without a possible academic penalty.
- Monday, March 28 - Last day
for undergraduates to drop with Dean's approval except for urgent and
substantiated nonacademic reasons. Last day to change to or from