In mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
-- John von Neumann, Nobel Prize winner.
- Time and Place: TR 2:00-3:15 at 529 Smith Hall
- Instructor: Peter Saveliev (call me Peter)
- Office: 778F Smith Hall (in the alley)
- Office Hours: MW 1:30-5:00, R 3:30-4:30 (tentative), or by appointment, or any
time I am there (usually in the afternoon)
- Office Phone: x4639
- Home Phone: 697-7827 (9 a.m. - 8 p.m.)
firstname.lastname@example.org (put Math 123 as the subject)
- Class Web-Page:
- Prerequisites: solid algebra skills,
fractions, linear and quadratic equations, some exponentials, some knowledge of Cartesian coordinates,
graphs, familiarity with basic functions
- Texts: Applied Mathematics for the Managerial, Life, and Social
Sciences by Tan, 2nd edition (Chapters 1-5,7,8).
- Computer Requirements: graphic calculator TI-83 or TI-83+.
- Goals: understanding of functions,
graphing, maximization/minimization, solving systems of linear equations,
elementary probability problems, setting up math models for applications in
business and economics -- being
prepared for a business calculus course.
- Group Problems: due weekly (please, staple!), each Thursday unless specified otherwise
- Quizzes: based on the practice problems assigned daily, once or twice a week
- Grade Breakdown: TOTAL=.25×HW+.15×E1+.15×E2+.15×E3+.30×FINAL
- group problems and quizzes: 25% (quiz 10
points each, homework 10-30 points, 1-2 quizzes may be dropped, attendance 30 points
loose 15 points per each 2 classes missed, class participation 30 points extra
- 3 exams: 15% each
- final exam: 30%
- Letter Grades: A: 90-100, B: 80-89, C: 70-79, D: 60-69, F: <60
From the Catalogue:
|MTH 123 - 3 - Selected Topics in College Algebra
|Solve equations and inequalities, solve systems of linear
equations, study of functions (including exponential and logarithmic
functions), matrices, basic probability and statistics. Applications mostly
in business and economics. (PR: MAT 097 or equivalent, or Mathematics ACT at
Assignment #1 (10 points):
- Go to
- Read the Course Policy.
- Try to set up a group (3-4 members) by Friday, then e-mail the list to me.
For this purpose you can use the list of students. If you don't have a
group you'll be assigned to a group at random.
- Visit my office during the next two weeks to introduce yourself and receive