(May 29 05) Final grades posted.
(Apr 26 05) Latest grades posted.
(Mar 1 05) Small tweak to the schedule.
(Jan 16 05) First web posting of syllabus.
Time. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:10p -
Place. 428 Thornton Hall
Class Home Page. http://betterfilecabinet.com/565.html. Announcements, homework assignments, test schedules, grades and this syllabus are all posted here.
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 whole class discussion and lecture. 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 Grades. The work you do in class
will contribute to your final grade in the following
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. Don't worry, I
know things happen and will only count your best 10
homework grades, allowing you to drop at least one.
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.
Every HW will end with a Challenge problem. These are meant to give you practice thinking creatively and sticking with a problem you don't see right away. It is not okay to skip the Challenge. In fact, you will get a zero on the entire HW unless you try three times to do the problem before giving up. On the other hand, you will get partial credit if you tried clever things even if you didn't finish the problem.
Tests. There will be one midterm and a comprehensive final exam. No makeups will be given without prior permission.
Projects. Your projects will be
investigations of topics in mathematics. We'll
discuss these in more detail later, but you will work
in groups to create a report and a mathematical
construction that will be shared with others. 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. I will
give you more guidance and ideas during the
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.
Withdrawing. Most Mathematics classes allow
CR/NCR grading, but many majors, including
Mathematics, do not count CR/NCR grades towards the
major. Mathematics majors should not take their
Mathematics classes CR/NCR. All other majors should
check with their academic advisors before deciding to
take a Mathematics class CR/NCR. If--after checking
with your advisor--you want to apply for CR/NCR
grading, you must log onto the web site
www.sfsu.edu/student and sign up for CR/NCR grading
before the April 1 deadline. I will not pass out a
CR/NCR sheet in class.