DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS, UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME
Mathematics 104, Spring 2001
Instructors:
Dean Eileen Kolman Mr. Alexander Samuel
E-mail: Kolman.1@nd.edu E-Mail: Samuel.1@nd.edu
274 First Year of Studies 361 Computer/Math Building
Office Hours: By appointment or Mon., Wed., Fri. 8:00-8:30 a.m.
Phone: 631-7242
Text: Finite Mathematics and Its Applications, by Goldstein, Schneider and Siegel (6th Edition).
Course Material: On line at: WebCT (http://webct.nd.edu)
Course Content: This particular finite math course will focus primarily on probability and statistics. It will show you how probabilities are calculated and how they can be interpreted in everyday situations from insurance rates to Power Ball games. We will study the methods of statistical analysis and their use in areas such as grade distributions, political polling and hypothesis testing.
The following topics will be covered:
--Sets which provide language and notation for probability --Counting Principles which can be applied to computing probabilities --Probability, the mathematics of chance, which allows us to associate probabilities to random events
--Statistics, which deals with data: their collection, description, analysis and use in prediction.
Examinations, homework and grades: There will be a total of 550 points for the course divided as follows:
3 exams at 100 points 300 points
final exam (comprehensive) 150
quizzes 50
homework 50
Grades (A, B, C, D and F) will be assigned for each exam based on the numerical scores for that exam. Cutoffs for grades tend to fluctuate from exam to exam, depending on the kind of material that is covered. The course grade (A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D or F) will be based on the sum of all the exams, quizzes and homework (with 550 points the highest possible).
Homework assignments will be given in class and posted on the WebCT Calendar. Homework will be corrected and graded regularly because it is an integral part of the course. Homework will be given full credit if it is submitted on time and at least 85% of the answers
are correct. Late homework and assignments that have fewer than 85% of correct answers will receive partial credit.
Both examinations and homework are conducted under the honor code. While cooperation in doing homework is permitted, copying is not. Calculators will be allowed for homework and examinations.
A student who misses an examination will receive zero points for that exam unless an official excuse is presented. Keep this in mind when you make your travel plans for spring break and for Easter.
Class Attendance: Attendance will be taken periodically, excessive absences (3 unexcused) will affect your grade, and you may be given an F for more than three unexcused absences. Before assigning the grade of F, one written warning will be given.
Help Sessions: Collaborative groups, tutoring and workshops are available through the First Year Learning Resource Center (FLRC).
Workshops: Sundays, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., CUSH 302. (No registration required) (Beginning 1/28/01)
Collaborative Groups: Thursdays, 8:30 to 10:30 p.m., FLRC. (Registration and regular attendance required) (Beginning 1/23/01)
Tutoring : Schedule available in the FLRC. (Beginning 1/23/01)
Help Sessions: Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesdays, 7 to 9 p.m.
207 DBRT (Beginning 1/23/01)
Exam Dates:
Test #1: Thursday, February 8, 8:00 a.m. (136 DBRT)
Test #2: Thursday, March 8, 8:00 a.m. (136 DBRT)
Test #3: Thursday, April 19, 8:00 a.m. (136 DBRT)
Final Exam: Monday, May 7, 1:45 to 3:45 p.m.
1/15/01