Dr. Sarah's MAT 1010 Tentative Calendar

  • The best way to contact me outside of class is during office hours daily 11:50-12:20 (and some days at 4:40 as announced in class) or on the ASULearn Forum, as I usually check the posts daily, even on weekends.
  • Math Lab daily 2-4. Students answer questions.
  • Syllabus and Grading Policies
  • Class highlights If you miss a class, then check here and make up the work before the next class.
  • 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.
    27 Jun - Fri
  • ****Research Presentations: Mathematical Breakthroughs**** Must participate to pass the class.
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    26 June - Thur
  • Prepare to share your research presentation topic with the rest of the class and continue to work on the presentations.
  • Bring a list of any mathematical connections/mathematicians you already have with you so that I can help you add to them.
  • Bring your stock purchase info with you
  • 25 Jun - Wed
  • ****Project 4: What is Mathematics: A Class Review ****
  • 24 June - Tues
  • Bring your stock purchase info with you
  • Search for information on the mathematicians David Blackwell and Andrew Wiles and report on a few interesting items that you found (to turn in)
  • Work on the last 2 assignments: Project 4 and the Research Presentations
  • 23 June - Mon
  • What mathematics is research and readings assignment (to turn in)
  • Bring your graded Project 3 (Critiques of Recent Media) with you to class
  • 20 Jun - Fri
  • ****Test 3**** study guide
  • 19 June - Thur
  • Study for test 3 via the study guide and write down any questions that you have.
  • Take a try of the ASULearn practice questions
  • Review the statistics labs along with your stock graph.
  • 18 Jun - Wed
  • ****Project 3: Critical Analysis of Recent Media ****
  • 17 Jun - Tues
  • Read and take notes on (keep track of the pages for the themes related to Project 3) Heart of Mathematics (keep track of the pages)
    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.
  • 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
  • 16 Jun - Mon
  • Take notes on (keep track of the pages #s for the themes related to Project 3):
  • In Heart of Mathematics
    p. 591-593 Are Coincidences as Truly Amazing as They First Appear?
    p. p. 645-651 and 654-661 Stumbling Through a Minefield of Data
    p. 712-722 Making Inferences from 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, and
    p. 185-188 on Linear Relationships
  • 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.
  • 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 homework readings from Friday and today: 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.
  • 13 Jun - Fri
  • Bring with you the printed full size graph of your stock.
  • Read and take notes on 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.
  • Read and take notes on (& keep track of the page #s for the themes of Project 3):
    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.
  • Read and take notes on or highlight: MSFT conflicting graph viewpoints
  • Complete How Do You Know p. 180-181 #6 on measures of center and be prepared to discuss why you chose what you did
  • 12 Jun - Thur
  • ****Test 2**** study guide. The test will be 1:15 minutes and we will resume class by 1:55 in the lab.
  • 11 Jun - Wed
  • 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.
  • Review the class highlights page and begin taking notes for finance information for Project 4.
  • 10 Jun - Tues
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Read How Do You Know p. 38-47
  • 9 Jun - Mon
  • ****Project 2: Benjamin Franklin's Financial Legacy ****
    Benjamin Franklin's Will - News Article Web Readings
    Project Criteria
  • 6 Jun - Fri
  • Read and take notes on or highlight How Do You Know? p. 1, 5-7, 9-13, and Heart of Mathematics p. 793-797.
  • Complete How Do You Know? p. 22 Exercise Set 1.2 #5 and 7
  • Begin working on Project 2 under Monday's due date and write down any questions you have
  • 5 Jun - Thur
  • 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 of each rate.
  • Practice Problems (to turn in) from How Do You Know?
    Exercise Set 1.1 beginning on p. 7: # 1, 13, 16, 17, and 20.
    Exercise Set 1.2 p. 22 # 1 and 2.
    You may write in the workbook and rip out the pages to save paper. Show your calculation work!
  • Read and highlight or takes notes on Ben Franklin's Plan - Web Reading for Lab
  • 4 Jun - Wed
  • ****Test 1**** study guide
  • 3 Jun - Tues
  • Take a try of ASULearn Review Questions for Test 1 [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.]
  • Review the class highlights page and your notes, reflect, and list all instances from this segment as related to the themes of the course and in Project 4:
    1. what mathematics is,
    2. what it has to offer and why it is useful,
    3. the diverse ways that people succeed in it and impact it,
    4. local to global theme,
    5. truth and consequenses theme.
  • 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
  • Write down any questions related to the Test 1 study guide
  • 2 Jun - Mon
  • Read through the following and take notes and be prepared to discuss:
    An article I wrote for Mathematics Awareness Month: The Shape of the Universe
    Heart of Mathematics Section 4.6 (The Shape of Reality) and 4.7 (The Fourth Dimension)
    Gluing Spaces
  • 30 May - Fri
  • ****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.
  • 29 May - Thur
  • Continue working on project 1. Review class material and write down any questions.
  • Read through the 2D Universes Readings and take notes (which may take the form of written notes, highlighting and/or underlining).
  • 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.
  • 28 May - Wed
  • 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 Fri and choose a problem to work on. Begin looking for related references for [you are looking for diverse and contradictory perspectives, including scholarly and nonscholarly references and books]
  • 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.
  • 27 May - Tues
  • First class