Spring 2012, Math 131, Introduction to Finite Mathematics

Section 2, Section 2, TuTh: 10:45 a.m.-noon, Darwin 35

Instructor

Contact Info: Dr. Ai-Chu Wu, Darwin 114M, wu@sonoma.edu, (707) 664-4117 x3.
Office Hours: Darwin 114M, TuTh: 10 - 10:40 am, MW: 2-3 p.m. I will always be there for you.

Values: Trust, Teamwork, Quality, Fun

We trust that we will all do our best. TEAM = Together each achieves more.
We strive for highest quality. We try to have fun as we learn.
Everyone contributes to a positive learning environment.

Education:

PhD, Population Ecology, Statistics focus, UI Chicago
Master of Public Health, Biostatistics, UC Berkeley
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Biostatistics, UC Berkeley

Experience:

Lecturer, Sonoma State University, MATH 35, 45, 107, 131, 165, 250, 265, 367.
Founder and Consultant, Ai-Chu Wu, Ph. D. Statistical Consulting
Senior Quality and Statistical Consultant, Quality Program Manager, HP/Agilent

Course

Objectives:

Learn when and how to apply linear models, linear programming, sets and counting, probability, statistics, and the mathematics of finance (interest, annuities, and amortization) to solve real-world problems.

Develop self-learning, critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills.

Prerequisite: Intermediate Algebra including linear equations, interpretations of functions and areas bounded by curves, and inequalities.

 

 

Textbook:

Finite Mathematics: An Applied Approach, by Michael Sullivan (2008), 10th ed., John Wiley & Sons. Get a used book as soon as possible.  Preview the topics covered and identify your questions before each lecture.


Calculator: Use TI83 (or plus) or TI84 (or plus) for class activities and exams.

 

Web Resources:

Moodle: syllabus, lecture notes and slides, homework guidelines, etc.

Fun Statistics Applets: http://statweb.calpoly.edu/bchance/applets/applets.html

 

Library Resources:

Textbook

Calculator Manual

 

Format:

Review - quizzes, questions and answers.

Lecture - key points, examples, and applications.

Practice - individual and team show and tell.


Expectations: before, during, and after every class.

 

Preview textbook and try homework exercises before lecture.

Arrive on time and pay 100% attention.

Turn off cell phones, earphones and other distracting devices.

Speak up whenever you have suggestions or questions.

Be responsible for materials covered in every class.

Form a study group to think, show, and tell finite mathematics.

Use technology: Moodle and TI calculator.

Use help: Free one-on-one SSU tutor and my office hours.

Lecture and Homework Schedule: Click

GE Requirements: This course fulfills one General Education (GE) requirement. The GE Mission and objectives are at http://www.sonoma.edu/senate/gefuture/.

Grading

Components:
Participation = 10%, Quiz = 20%, Three Midterm Exams = 50%, Final Exam = 20%.
Make sure that you can take all exams before adding this class.

Cutoffs:

A = 90%, B+ = 87%, B = 80%, C+ = 77%, C = 70%, D+ = 67%, D = 60%, F = below 60%.

 

Policy: Math and Statistics Department has a policy at:
http://www.sonoma.edu/math/advising/gradingpolicy.pdf

 

All exams are written in class. No makeup for homework, quiz, and exam.

I drop two lowest quizzes and participation.  I also use the final exam to replace the lowest midterm exam, if it is better than the midterm.

University Policies:
http://www.sonoma.edu/uaffairs/policies/cheating_plagiarism.htm

http://www.sonoma.edu/uaffairs/policies/grade_appeal.htm

Special Needs:

Please let me know in the first week if you have any special needs.

 

Jan. 3, 2012 by acw.