## 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
Website: www.math.utah.edu/~macarthu

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.

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:
• I will collect homework during the first class of each week. All of the homework assigned the previous week is due at that time.
• Each chapter of homework will be worth 50 points.
• You will get half credit if you DO every problem assigned. The other half credit will be determined by grading (For correctness) a few problems at random per chapter. I will NOT be grading all of it for correctness, so it is your responsibility to make sure you understand the problems and their solutions. This is basically motivation for you to do the homework because that is the only way to survive a math class. (Please notice that there is no way to get an A in this course if you choose not to do any of the homework. On the other hand, turning in all of the homework can help your grade substantially.)
• The homework is to be turned in according to the following instructions:
• The homework set MUST be stapled together with the corresponding cover sheet as the first page. (I will provide the cover sheets in class.) A homework set turned in without being stapled together or without a cover sheet will not be counted!! It will be returned to you without being graded. You can staple it with the cover sheet and turn it in the following week to be graded...but it will then count as a late section! Please do not come to class hoping that I or someone else will have a stapler. Be prepared when you arrive.
• To get full credit for the homework, you MUST show all your work! If you turn in just the answers, with no work shown, you will get a 0 score for that chapter. If this happens three times, you will no longer be allowed to turn in homework for any credit!!!
• I will accept 4 late homework chapters, up to two weeks late, throughout the semester for full credit. I will not accept homework more than two weeks late. I accept these late homework chapters to allow for illness, oversleeping, hectic schedules, etc. Do not ask for special favors with regard to the homework policy, unless the circumstances are extraordinarily severe, because my response will not be in your favor. Also, it is not necessary nor recommended that you tell me why your homework is late. This policy is meant to be flexible enough to cover all reasons and so I don't get calls and emails every week with your personal drama stories.
• I only collect homework during the first class of the week!! If you need to turn in homework late, you will have to do so on the first class of the week (one or two weeks after its due date). This is the only time and location that I will accept homework. If you slide homework underneath my office door, I will throw it away without looking at it.
You are responsible for knowing these policies. Please take it seriously because the flexibility listed here is literally all there is.

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.