Dr. Sarah's Tentative Calendar for 1010120 (Watauga Residential College) & 1010121

The best way to contact me outside of class is during office hours or on the ASULearn Forum, as I usually check the posts daily, even on weekends.
  • Office Hours this week: Effective March 24th (and internet allowing) I'm initiating targeted (optional) Zoom office hours during your regular class time. Zoom on Monday at 8pm will remain an open Zoom for all my classes at once. We will be using a flipped asynchronous model, which I am working on.
  • Math Lab. Students answer questions MTWR 5-8pm in Walker 105 starting 8/25.
  • Syllabus and Grading Policies
  • Class highlights If you miss a class, then check here and make up the work before the next class.
  • I have taught for Watauga since 2001.
  • Jump down to tomorrow's homework which is located above the red lines

    DUE Date
        Work is always due at the BEGINNING of class. Additional hw TBA.
    12/8 6-8:30pm
    in Walker 105
  • ****Research Presentations: Mathematical Breakthroughs**** were determined to be Mon 12/8 6-8:30pm (by using our assigned time in our Monday evening slot). Mandatory to pass the class.
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    4 Dec - Thur
  • Choose a topic for the research presentation and prepare to share that with the rest of the class. Work on the Research Presentations: Mathematical Breakthroughs two-page typed product
  • If you didn't turn in project 4 because of server problems, turn it in by Thursday
  • 2 Dec - Tues
  • ****Project 4: What is Mathematics: A Class Review ****
  • 1 Dec - Mon
  • Search for information on the mathematicians David Blackwell and Andrew Wiles and report on a few interesting items that you found (to turn in)
  • If you didn't finish the Andrew Wiles and The Proof video questions from last week, finish those up (to turn in)
  • Work on Project 4 due Tuesday or the final exam Research Presentations
  • Bring your stock purchase info with you
  • 25 Nov - Tues
  • What mathematics is research and readings assignment (to turn in)
  • If you did not finish the lab from Monday, do so (part 3 to turn in).
  • 24 Nov - Mon
  • Begin working on hw for Tuesday and on Project 4
  • Bring your stock purchase info with you
  • 20 Nov - Thur
  • ****Test 3**** study guide
  • 18 Nov - Tues Study for test 3 via the study guide and write down any questions that you have.
  • Take a try of the ASULearn practice questions
  • If you didn't finish the lab, do so. You'll need the stock purchase price for future labs.
  • 17 Nov - Mon Review the statistics labs [Stock Data and Graph and ASULearn Data Collection, Representations of Data, and Can We Predict the Future? Stocks, Class Data, and Raw Egg Regressions] and bring your notes on them with you to lab, along with your stock graph.
  • Begin the hw for Tuesday
  • 13 Nov - Thur
  • ****Project 3: Critical Analysis of Recent Media ****
  • 11 Nov - Tues
  • Continue working on Project 3
  • 10 Nov - Mon
  • Read about linear regression, predictors and the stock market
  • Complete How Do You Know 3.4 #15 parts b) and c)
  • Begin working on Project 3
  • 6 Nov - Thur
  • Read and take notes on (keep track of the pages for the themes related to Project 3).
    In Heart of Mathematics
    p. 53-55, the chart on p. 56, and p. 61 Numerical Patterns in Nature
    p. 734-735 and 738-745 Statistics Throughout our Lives
    p. 776-788 Deciding Personal and Public Policy
  • Read Exposure to letters A or F can affect test performance and prepare a bullet point list of a summary of related content and the page numbers in connection with relevant correlation/causation, sample size and study readings (via p. #s and content) in both books.
  • 4 Nov - Tues
  • Read and take notes on (keep track of the pages for the themes related to Project 3)
  • In Heart of Mathematics
    p. 591-593 Are Coincidences as Truly Amazing as They First Appear?
    p. 712-722 Making Inferences from Data
  • In How Do You Know:
    p. 185-188 on Linear Relationships
  • Create an analysis and critique using bullet points of the information in these articles on the impact of young voters by referring to specific content and page numbers in both books from our past and present homework readings. For example:
    Heart of Mathematics p. 655-656 examined the issues surrounding the 1936 presidential election, including biased polling, and how George Gallup made his name by accurately predicting the election with a small (but randomized) sample.
  • 3 Nov - Mon
  • Read and take notes on or highlight: MSFT conflicting graph viewpoints
  • Begin working on the hw for Tuesday
  • 30 Oct - Thur
  • Take notes on (keep track of the pages #s for the themes related to Project 3):
  • In Heart of Mathematics
    p. 645-651 and 654-661 Stumbling Through a Minefield of Data
  • In How Do You Know:
    p. 156 on When Good Graphs Go Bad,
    p. 172-176 on the Center of a Distribution, the Spread of a Distribution, and Box Plots,
  • Use the following lo, q1, median, q3, and hi to sketch three boxplots on the same graph for these Nielsen ratings points (that roughly represent the percentage of households tuned in).
    ABC [13.5, 14.4, 16.6, 17.2, 20.2]
    CBS [13.1, 15.5, 16.35, 17.3, 21.9]
    NBC [13.1, 13.6, 14.5, 15.0, 17.6]
    Which network does the best? The worst? Can you say something positive about each network using the boxplots? Explain.
  • If you have not done so already, then print out a copy of your stock graph - just the graph, not the data - and bring it to all statistics segment classes and labs [we'll reuse the data in lab]
  • 28 Oct - Tues
  • Complete How Do You Know p. 180-181 #6 on measures of center and be prepared to discuss why you chose what you did
  • Read and take notes on (& keep track of the page #s for the 4 themes of Project 3 [Collecting and Presenting Data, Boxplots, Predictors, Unintended Consequences]):
    Heart of Mathematics p. 594 (How to Get Rich Quick as a Stock Whiz).
    How Do You Know:
    p. 131-134 on History of Statistics, Census, Sampling and Random Sampling,
    p. 138 on estimating a characteristic as well as sample size,
    p. 140 from item 3. to the bottom of the page on misleading questions, and
    p. 142 on Human Subject Research
    and bring the workbook to class.
    If you still have your geometry ball and are willing to lend it to me for a girl scout program on November 22nd, please bring it in at any time.
    If you weren't in lab, be sure to complete it (see the class highlights page).
  • 27 Oct - Mon
  • You will need money on your card to print 1 sheet from lab.
  • Find the stock symbols of a few companies that are actively traded and that you are interested in "buying" - for example, you might search
    http://finance.yahoo.com/lookup for stocks with certain names
    or www.google.com for
    "stock symbol" "COMPANY NAME"
    where COMPANY NAME is the name of the company that you are interested in.
  • Take notes on and/or highlight: section 1.5: Personal Finance: Investments in the How Do You Know? book (beginning on p. 51) to gain some familiarity with personal investments and stock information.
  • Begin working on the readings and hw for Tuesday
  • 23 Oct - Thur
  • ****Test 2**** study guide
  • 21 Oct - Tues
  • To turn in: How Do You Know Exercise Set 1.2 (beginning on p. 23) #9, 14, 21, and 24 and Exercise Set 1.3 (beginning on p. 32)# 8 and 10
  • Take a try of the ASULearn Material Review Questions for Test 2 and read the study guide and write down any questions that you have.
  • 20 Oct - Mon
  • Read and take notes on or highlight How Do You Know p. 38-47, and be sure to write down the formula for dept to income ratio.
  • Begin working on hw for Tuesday
  • 14 Oct - Tues
  • Review the class highlights page and begin taking notes for finance information for the 5 themes for Project 4 (to turn in).
  • 13 Oct - Mon
  • Skim p. 26-29 in How Do You Know? and p. 806 in Heart of Mathematics on loans and amortization.
  • Complete You Try It 3.4 on the top of page 30, which is similar to the car loan practice problem from lab. Show work. Hint: When you solve for the monthly payment, you should obtain 381.84 and the balance due at the end of 3 months is 13782.35.
  • 9 Oct - Thur
  • Search the web for information about personal or consumer debt or loans in the US. How about for the entire world? How about for North Carolina? Also search for information about the federal deficit. Report back on what you found (to turn in).
  • 7 Oct - Tues
  • ****Project 2: Benjamin Franklin's Financial Legacy ****
    Project Criteria
    Benjamin Franklin's Will - News Article Web Readings
  • 6 Oct - Mon
  • Use lab time to work on Project 2.
  • 2 Oct - Thur
  • Complete the $37 savings
  • Complete Jane and Joan on ASULearn.
  • 30 Sep - Tues
  • Complete How Do You Know? p. 22 Exercise Set 1.2 #5 and 7
  • Read and take notes on Heart of Mathematics p. 793-797 and How Do You Know? p. 9-13
  • Read through Project 2 under next Tuesday's due date and write down any questions you have (if you didn't finish the lab, do so).
  • 29 Sep - Mon
  • Review the lump sum formula
  • Read and highlight or takes notes on Ben Franklin's Plan - Web Reading for Lab
  • Complete the Benjamin Franklin's Will--Early Years activity
  • 25 Sep - Thur
  • Read and take notes on or highlight How Do You Know? p. 1 and 5-7
  • Practice Problems (to turn in) from How Do You Know?
    Exercise Set 1.2 p. 22 # 1 and 2.
  • 23 Sep - Tues
  • Talk to your friends or relatives, collect information that you receive in the mail, search on the web and/or go to a bank to find recent interest rates on...
            savings,                                                 checking accounts,
            cds (certificate of deposit),                     credit card rates,
            student loan rates,                                   house loan (mortgage) rates,
            and car loan rates.
  • Summarize your findings and be sure to list the source(s) of each rate.
  • 22 Sep - Mon
  • Practice Problems (to turn in) from How Do You Know?
    Exercise Set 1.1 beginning on p. 7: # 1, 13, 16, 17, and 20.
    You may write in the workbook and rip out the pages to save paper. Show your calculation work!
  • Begin working on hw for Tuesday
  • 18 Sep - Thur
  • ****Test 1**** study guide
  • 16 Sep - Tues
  • Read through the test 1 study guide and write down any questions.
  • Take a try of ASULearn Review Questions [participation requires at least one try of the "quiz", but the specific grade does not matter - it is only there to provide you with feedback.]
  • 15 Sep - Mon
  • Read through the following and take notes:
    1. An article I wrote for Mathematics Awareness Month: The Shape of the Universe
    2. Gluing Spaces
  • Begin working on hw for Tuesday
  • 11 Sep - Thur
  • 1. Review the class highlights page and your notes, reflect, and list all instances from this segment as related to the themes of the course
    a. what mathematics is,
    b. what it has to offer and why it is useful,
    c. the diverse ways that people succeed in it and impact it,
    d. local to global theme,
    e. truth and consequenses theme.
  • 2. Read through the following and write down two items that you found interesting, disagreed with, had a question on, or wished had been done: Jeff Weeks Interview
  • 9 Sep - Tues
  • Read and take notes on Heart of Mathematics Section 4.6 (The Shape of Reality) and 4.7 (The Fourth Dimension)
  • If you didn't finish off the 2-D universe lab, especially the last part, then complete that (it is compatible with all systems- if you are on a Mac and having the same problem we had in lab, you can go to Apple/System Preferences/Security & Privacy/Click the lock to allow the Torus Games app to load)
  • 8 Sep - Mon
  • Go through the 2D Universes Readings and Videos and take notes (which may take the form of written notes, highlighting and/or underlining) for lab.
  • 4 Sep - Thur
  • ****Project 1: Earth and Universe - Annotated Bibliography****
    Bring a 10-12 inch diameter child's ball - these are usually found in bins in stores and cost a couple of dollars. Be sure that this ball is smooth, can bounce, and that you will not mind writing on it during class.
  • 2 Sep - Tues
  • Continue working on project 1
  • 28 Aug - Thur
  • Review material from class on Tuesday and write down any questions
  • Choose a question and begin looking for related references for project 1 due 9/4 [you are looking for diverse and contradictory perspectives, including scholarly and nonscholarly references and books]
  • 26 Aug - Tues
  • Go to ASULearn and send me a posting in the private forum (only you and Dr. Sarah): what you would like to be called (your nickname / first name); your phone number; your major; any additional academic concentrations/minors; what you might like to do as a career; your non-academic interests and hobbies; anything else you want me to know
  • On ASULearn add a picture of yourself (Profile) so that it is easier to get to know each other.
  • Review class notes and the class highlights webpage from last week and bring your i-clicker to class.
  • If you did not complete the Mathematical Experiences Reflection on ASULearn during lab (or any other work from last week due to a later registration), then finish that via the class highlights page.
  • 25 Aug - Mon
  • Read through the perspective drawing web reading and take notes (or print out and highlight).
  • 21 Aug - Thur
  • Read through the Syllabus online (google Dr. Sarah...) Come prepared to share something you read and write down any questions you have - the university considers this a binding contract between us.
  • Read through Project 1 due on 9/4 and write down any questions.
  • Obtain from the bookstore: purchase the How Do You Know? workbook and rent the hardcover Heart of Mathematics book and the i-clicker.
  • Obtain a scientific calculator (with a yx, xy, or ^ key on it)
  • Bring the i-clicker and calculator to all classes. Bring books to classes when we have readings or problems due from them.
  • 19 Aug - Tues
  • First class - bring your class schedule with you