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Mathematics: QR:Applications of Finite Math

MATH 017 OL1 (CRN: 61763)

3 Credit Hours

About MATH 017 OL1

Introduction to mathematics of finite systems with applications, such as probability, statistics, graph theory, fair division and apportionment problems, voting systems. Prerequisites: Two years of secondary school algebra or MATH 009 or MATH 010.


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Dates: May 22 - July 14, 2017

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I. Goals of Course This course is a great way to see how simple math is used in many different situations to help solve problems or answer questions. II. Who Should Take This Course? Most of the math in this course is arithmetic, though occasionally there is a bit of algebra. The math might be basic, but because this is an online course you will be teaching yourself many of the topics. In order to be successful in this class you should be a fairly competent mathematician, an independent learner, motivated, and not a procrastinator! If you are concerned about your ability to take a math course on-line, better to be safe than sorry. If you are a UVM student sign up for a traditional math class. III. What Will I Need for Math 17? Scientific Calculator MyMathLab Code (See below) Textbook or e-book Excursions in Modern Mathematics by Peter Tannenbaum (Note: When you sign up for MyMathLab you automatically have access to an e-book so there is no need to have a hard copy of the textbook unless that is your preference.) Along with motivation and a desire to learn, you will need either a hard copy or online version of the textbook, Excursions in Modern Mathematics by Peter Tannenbaum, (8th edition). You will find that unlike most math books, this one is pretty easy to follow, cleverly written, and has a sense of humor. I have taught out of this Tannenbaum text for many years, and most students find it a more than acceptable textbook. You will also need a MyMathLab Access Code to allow you to use the online homework. You have two options to obtain the code and neither one is better than the other, it's a matter of what will work best for you. One option is to purchase only the MyMathLab code through the Pearson website using a valid credit card (or through the UVM Bookstore). This is the most direct and least expensive option and includes an electronic version of the textbook. The MyMathLab code is necessary for you to take the homework and tests for the course through MyMathLab. With MyMathLab you get an on-line version of the book which includes all the text and homework exercises. You can also print out any pages you like. The other option is to purchase a textbook at the UVM Bookstore so you have a hard copy of the book, and the MyMathLab code separately. This option is more expensive, but some people don't like to read a book on the computer or simply want a "real" textbook to use. Warning: Do not buy your textbook through Amazon or other sources as they will not include a MyMathLab code! IV. How does MyMathLab Work? MyMathLab is an online homework and test site. It runs just like BlackBoard so most of you will find it easy to navigate. You will need to register for the course on the website: . Follow the instructions under Student Registration and use karstensXXXX for the Course ID. There is also a link in the upper left control panel that takes you to the home page for MyMathLab. You should run MyMathLab Browser Check then do the Orientation Homework assignment. Make sure the Settings on your computer (i.e. allowing cookies) are set so the MyMathLab program works correctly. The Orientation assignment helps you learn how to enter answers in MyMathLab. It's also a good idea to look at the e-book and see how that works. The e-book includes many animated segments and on-line presentations on the material. The Homework problems are set up so that you have an unlimited number of times to try the problem until you get it right! When working through a problem you get three tries to answer the question before the correct answer is given. In order to start over with a different problem, click on Similar Exercise and you will get to start over with a problem very much like the one you just completed. You can keep doing that until you get the problem correct. So if you invest the time, you should always get a good score on the homework. WARNING! MyMathLab homeworks and tests have very strict deadlines. Plan ahead so you have plenty of time to complete an assignment and have time to deal with unexpected problems. If don't complete the homework assignment by the deadline you can still do the work, but there is a 5% penalty on that assignment. V. Course Structure The structure of this course is pretty simple. The Course Schedule gives you the order the chapters will be covered and a timeline. Generally, you will read a chapter from the textbook, then complete the MyMathLab homework assignment for that chapter. For many chapters there will also be a set of optional Supplemental Exercises that you can do before the online homework. These problems have worked out solutions so you can see how they are solved. After the first set of chapters is completed, there will be a midterm exam. This same process is repeated for the second half of the course. You do NOT have to do the study guides or practice tests on the MyMathLab site. You can try them but I discourage you because they often cover material that I skip, so it will be extra work. You only have to do the Chapter Homework I assign on MyMathLab. VI. Work Expectations This is an eight week summer class so it goes pretty fast. Expect to do 1 - 2 chapters a week. It sounds like a lot but it's not too bad. Just start each chapter early so you can take the extra time if you need it. When you work on MyMathLab, give yourself plenty of time. You can come back and finish a MyMathLab assignment but that is not ideal. Plan to spend an hour or so for each Homework set. Plan your time carefully. Refer to the Course Schedule to pace yourself. VII. For Help in the Course Send me a text or call if you run into trouble. (My cell phone number is in the Instructor Info.) You can also e-mail me, but there may be a delay in my response. I know some of you taking this class are not in Burlington or have other responsibilities during the day. In that case, the "Show and Example" and "Help Me Solve It" buttons on the MyMathLab homework is a great resource. Also, click on the tutorials in the e-book to see problems worked out. I can also try to help via e-mail and you can phone me and we can work to try to clear up any confusion with the material. The podcasts are also really helpful. VIII. Podcasts I have created some podcasts to help you work through some of the harder topics. Check them out. It's like you're in my office and I'm showing you how to solve the problems. I strongly suggest you listen to the podcasts before you start the on-line homework. Seriously, I've taught this class for ages and I know how to explain the topics. The Podcasts really help! IX. Communication Policy I will be checking my e-mail every day. Feel free to call me. That's usually best for a summer course. Use my UVM e-mail address ( if you have a question or concern. There is also an option to e-mail directly from Course Compass if you are having a question on a particular problem. Even though this is an on-line course, I am happy to meet with you if you have questions. And I can usually zero in on problems via e-mail or by phone if you are not in the Burlington area. If you have an emergency, my cell phone number is (802) 338-2590. Please do not call after 11:00 p.m. Check the announcements page frequently for changes and news once the class gets started. X. Next Steps 1. Read the syllabus & the course schedule. You are expected to follow all of the guidelines and are responsible to read all the requirements and information. 2. Register for MyMathLab. Do the orientation for MyMathLab and get familiar with the site and e-book options. 3. Check out all the links including the Podcasts and Extra Practice. 4. Make sure you are using the recommended browser (see and have tested plugins necessary for this course (List plugins here). 5. Make sure you know where to get Blackboard technical support. Look to the top of any page in Blackboard and click on the blue question mark. This will take you to UVM Blackboard support page, which has online resources (look for the Blackboard Student folder to the left) and 24/7 telephone, email and live chat options. XI. Closing Don't hesitate to ask questions, but please do take a look around the site first, as many of your questions may already be answered by the materials presented throughout the site. Thanks, and I look forward to guiding you through this course and helping you learn some cool math!


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