Math 165, Fall 2002 Home & Syllabus · Assignments and Tests · Grades

Mathematics 165, Concepts of the Number System
Fall 2002 Syllabus

(12/20/02) Final grades posted. Happy holidays to all!
(11/18/02) Grades through HW10 posted. Project moved to Tuesday 10/26.
(10/21/02) Grades and Midterm information updated. AOL IM name listed.
(9/30/02) Grades updated.

Time. Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00 - 12:15.
Place. 425 Thornton Hall

Instructor. Eric Hsu (, 932 Thornton Hall, 415-338-1104. Sporadically on AOL IM at the name EricHsuSFSU.

Office Hours. W 11am-1pm.

Class Home Page. <> Announcements, homework assignments, test schedules, grades and this syllabus are all posted here.

Course Objectives.

Textbook. None. There will be handouts in class.

Teaching Style and Attendance. About two-thirds of the time will be spent on activities in small groups. The other third will be lecture and discussion. Because of the emphasis on in-class activity, attendance is mandatory. Missing class without prior notice will cause damage to your academic experience, your grade, and may cause you to be dropped from the class roster.

Earning Points and Grades. There are a number of ways to earn points in the course:

There is no curve, so the grades of your fellow students cannot affect your grade. Your grades will be posted to the class home page on a regular basis.

Homework. Assignments will be given out on Thursdays and are due the next Thursday at the start of class. No late homework will accepted in any case. You are allowed and encouraged to work on the homework in groups, but you must write up the solutions in your own words or it will be considered cheating.

Tests. There will be one midterm and a comprehensive final exam. No makeups will be given without prior permission.

Projects.Your project will be an investigation of some topic in mathematics. You will put together a learning station for your classmates. That is, you will bring to class an activity that can be put on a table and that will describe an activity for your classmates. You should not have to be present for your classmates to do the activity. They should learn some mathematics from doing the activity.

You are encouraged to work with one or two other people on your project. You will all receive the same grade, unless the whole group feels that is unfair. You can get ideas by looking through the math materials in the Cahill Learning Laboratory in Burk Hall 319. It is open from 1-6 Mondays through Thursdays and 1-5 on Fridays.

It is not sufficient to set up something that will merely tell some definitions or will drill people on facts or procedures. Your project MUST engage users in thinking. In grading your project I will consider:

  1. How much math is involved and how deeply you thought about it.
  2. Originality
  3. Presentation

Religious Holidays. I will make reasonable accommodations for you to observe religious holidays when such observances require you to be absent from class activities. It is your responsibility to inform me during the first two weeks of the class each semester, in writing, about such holidays.

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