Mondays and Wednesdays in LCB323

Wednesdays 8:30-10:30 a.m., Fridays 1:00-4:00 p.m. or by appointment.

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by Usiskin, Peressini, Marchisotto, and Stanley.

and Math3100.

M – Th 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

F 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Link to computer lab

Homework 25%

Projects 20%

Midterm 15%

Midterm 15%

Final Exam 25%

mathematics secondary school teachers and pre-service teachers nearing

completion of their undergraduate program. Its purpose is to bridge the

gap between the undergraduate mathematics curriculum and the topics and

issues that arise in the secondary school classroom. Those majoring in

mathematics--not mathematics secondary education--should be aware that

this course does not qualify as a "mathematics elective" because it focuses

primarily on topics in mathematics education. However, undergraduate

and graduate students in mathematics have taken the course in previous

semesters and found it rewarding.

core, is the art/experience/science of problem solving and pattern recognition.

It is inherently a creative process, one to be struggled with, repeated, and

enjoyed. The process requires imagination, persistence, courage, processing

time, and ultimately produces experiential, mathematical skill. It is from

this perspective that I teach. I'm not as concerned with the destination, i.e.

the answer, as I am about the journey of problem-solving and mathematical

exploration since it is exactly the entirety of the journey that creates

the answer. And, self-confidence and mastery are then natural by-products

of the mathematical journey.

that will be given in addition to your weekly homework. The projects will

be more in-depth problems than the homework and require more time. These

will be discussed more in class.

each homework set will be based on accuracy, thoughtfulness, completeness and

clarity of communication (i.e. there may be no credit given for answers given

without work shown). You can use these as study tools for the exams. These

homework sets will be due a week or two after assigned. Since these homework

sets will be given out at random times, it is your responsibility to show

up to class in order to have current, correct information about these problems

and their due dates. The lowest homework set score will be dropped, thus late

homework sets will NOT be accepted under any circumstances. To turn in the

homework, you will need to

You can get there easily from the main University of Utah website www.utah.edu.

(There's also a link from my website.) To log in, you use the same student id

and password that you use for Campus Information System. I do my best to

update the grades on a regular basis and keep everything accurate.

However, I would advise you to check your grades often to make sure there

were no data entry mistakes. I'm always happy to correct any mistakes I've

made. You just need to let me know about them.

I do not have any preference regarding which calculator would be most useful,

so you're welcome to choose for yourself. I will allow calculators on some

exams and not on others, depending on the material and whether or

not I think a calculator is necessary. This will be discussed more in class

with each test.

grades, I find it's rarely necessary. The grade scale will be the usual:

A (93-100), A- (90-92), B+ (87-89), B (83-86), B- (80-82), C+ (77-79),

C (73-76), C- (70-72), D+ (67-69), D (63-66), D- (60-62), E (0-59).

If I do need to curve the grades, I will simply shift everything down

by a few points (whatever is necessary).

additional policies regarding my classroom administration and grading.

- There will be no retakes of exams…ever. Your score is

what you get.

- You may take an alternate exam if you talk to me about it first

and explain the extenuating circumstances that make it necessary.

Needing to work, babysitting your siblings, oversleeping, or needing

more time to study do not pass as acceptable reasons to inconvenience

me. Getting in a car crash or your mother’s death, on the other

hand, is sufficient reason to request to take an alternate exam. But,

it is 100% your responsibility to communicate with me as soon as is

possible,__before__the exam occurs (or as soon as possible).

**Talking to me**I reserve the right*after*the problem will be sufficient reason

for me to allow you to get a zero on that test.

to make alternate exams more difficult than the scheduled exam. - I will demand respectful behavior in my classroom. Examples of

disrespect include reading a newspaper or magazine in class, social

chatting with your friend in class, text-messaging your buddies during

class or cuddling with your girl/boyfriend in class. If you choose to

be disrespectful during my class, I can guarantee I will take action

to terminate your disruptive behavior. - There will be no cursing nor negative ranting (for example,

“math sucks”) on any written work turned in. The penalty

for such things on your written work will be a zero score on that

assignment or test! - You need to have a valid email address registered with Campus

Information System. I will regularly send emails to the class and expect

you to be responsible for receiving that information. - If you have crisis-level extenuating circumstances which require

flexibility, it is completely your responsibility to communicate with me

as soon as possible. The longer you wait to communicate with me, the

less I can and am willing to do to help.