Mathematics 1070

Fall 2011

Instructor: Kelly A. MacArthur

Class Time and Place:8:35 – 9:25 a.m.
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in JTB310

Office Hours: Mondays 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Tuesdays 2:00-5:00 p.m,
Wednesdays 2:00 -4:00 p.m., Fridays 2:00-5:00 p.m. or by appointment.
Office Location: JWB226
Office Phone Number: 581-6837
E-mail address:

Text: The Basic Practice of Statistics
by David S. Moore, 5th edition. ISBN-13:978-1-4292-0121-6, ISBN-10: 1-4292-0121-5

Prerequisite: Completion, with a grade of C or better, of Math1010 or Accuplacer CLM score of 50 or better.

Computer Lab: also in the T. Benny Rushing Mathematics Student Center, Rm 155C.
M – Th 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
F 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Link to computer lab

Grading: The grades will be calculated as follows:
Homework 30%
Midterm 1 20%
Midterm 2 20%
Final Exam 30%

Course Description: The important topics used in making inferences from data will be presented and illustrated. As well as material on descriptive statistics, estimation of the mean, or of the proportion, in one or two populations, simple linear regression, and one-way analysis of variance are covered. (This course meets the QB requirement.)

Teaching Philosophy: I believe strongly that mathematics, at its 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.

Weekly Homework: You are responsible for knowing these policies. Please take it seriously because the flexibility listed here is literally all there is.

WebCT: I will put your grades online on WebCT. You can get there easily from the main University of Utah website (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.

Calculators: You may find it helpful to have a scientific calculator. 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. No cell phone calculators will be allowed.

Grading Scale: Although I'm not philosophically opposed to curving 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).

Other Policies: Due to experience, I have decided to make some additional policies regarding my classroom administration and grading.
  1. There will be no retakes of exams ever. Your score is what you get.
  2. 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 after the problem will be sufficient reason for me to allow you to get a zero on that test. I reserve the right to make alternate exams more difficult than the scheduled exam.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. You need to have a valid email address registered with Campus Information System. I will regularly send emails to the class and will hold you accountable for receiving that information. If you have troubles receiving my weekly emails, you can (1) check to make sure your email address at Campus Information System is correct, (2) make sure my emails are not going directly to your junk mail folder, or (3) contact the webmaster at Campus Information System.
  6. 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.
  7. If you have questions about any exam grade, or you want to appeal the grading of the exam, you must bring it to me within one week of the exam. After that, you will have to live with whatever grade you got.
  8. Please make sure you do your best throughout the semester and come talk to me if you need further study strategies. I will NOT offer any extra credit at the end of the semester or any other way for you to improve your grade at that time. If you ask me toward the end of the semester if I'll make special arrangements for you to improve your grade by some means, I will automatically deduct one percentage point from your overall grade, just for asking the question!!
  9. If you cheat on any homework, project, quiz or exam, I will automatically give you a zero for that grade. Depending on the severity of the cheating, I may decide to fail you from the class. In all cases of cheating, I will also report the incident to the Dean of Students.