Math 1010 Introduction to Mathematics
Dr. Sarah J. Greenwald
"We must prepare the next generation to be logical, flexible thinkers in a world that is increasingly complex and mathematical."

Required Resources

  • How Do You Know? Using Math to Make Decisions available for purchase
  • Heart of Mathematics available for rental
  • i-clicker available for rental
  • scientific calculator which can do powers (yx or xy or ^ symbol).
  • handouts (pick them up from my door or print them from the class webpages if you miss a class) and printouts of your work

    Where to Get Help

  • Office Hours 326 Walker Hall, 262-2363, I am always happy to help you in office hours. An open door means that I am on the floor somewhere, so come look for me to let me know you are there. You do not need to make an appointment to use office hours - just drop by! If you can't make office hours, contact me on ASULearn, which I'll try to answer at least once a day.
  • Check the main web page often for work due.
  • ASULearn This is the easiest way to ask a math question outside of class and office hours. You are responsible for reading all posts from me. I prefer that you use office hours since it is easier to discuss material in person, but if you can not make them, then this is a great alternative. Do NOT email me (which gets buried in hundreds of messages each day) - message me instead as I usually check it every day, including the weekends.
  • Walker Math Help - Monday through Thursday from 2 - 4 pm in Walker 308 - Student tutors answer questions.
  • You may wish to obtain a tutor through the Learning Assistance Program


  • Participation 10% You must be prepared for each class and check the main web page regularly for hw. Attendance is required. You are expected to contribute to discussions in a meaningful way and actively engage the material in class. This means that when we are doing a calculation or i-clicker question, you must also do this, and you are expected to take notes since the book does not contain everything you need to know. These kinds of baseline activities will result in a participation grade of 7/10. Other activities can increase or decrease this grade. Utilizing office hours and ASULearn, asking and answering thought provoking questions, coming up with creative ways of thinking about the material, and explaining the material to others are some other examples of positive participation that will increase your grade. On the other hand, actions that illustrate you are not taking the class or the activities seriously or that detract from the professional classroom environment and distract me (I am very easily distracted) will result in a lower participation grade. Cell phones must be set to vibrate or turned off and they are not allowed on tests. No texting during class. Many activities and class discussions are designed to be completed during class. Thus, attendance is required at ALL classes, and will form a portion of your grade. Missing more than the equivalent of 6 summer class days, whether official and/or unofficial absences, will result in a grade of F in the course. Save your absences for emergencies. If the university is open and you miss a class, then that counts as an absence. If you must be late to a class, or must leave early, then do still attend.
  • Tests 45% There are 3 tests over the course of the semester with the lowest one dropped to accomodate for emergencies or other issues. No make-ups allowed.
  • Projects 30% There are 4 projects over the course of the semester with the lowest one dropped. If there is some reason you must miss a class, then obtain the assignment from the web pages and turn the work in early (you can send it with another student to class, slide it under my office door sometime before I leave for class or even turn it in on ASULearn if need be, but I prefer printed work).
  • Work Completion +1 If you have earned a passing grade of at least a grade of 60% for every graded assignment and test (including the dropped ones), and you have turned in all except 3 of the non-graded homework, then you will receive +1 added on to your final average.
  • Research Presentation: Mathematical Breakthroughs 15% No make-ups allowed * and participation in the research presentations is mandatory to pass the class.
    * Accommodations in the determination of your final grade will be made for extenuating circumstances that are documented to prevent you from completing work early/on time. The grading scale is: A ≥93; 90≤ A- < 93; 87 ≤ B+ <90...

    Also see the University-wide syllabus and policy statements which we adhere to.

    I believe that each of you has the capability to succeed in this course. Since you were able to register for the class, you have somehow showed that you have the required algebraic skills, via placement test or other indicators. Yet, sometimes, in order to succeed, we must change certain behaviors, study habits, and/or emotional reactions. We'll see that everyone (including Dr. Sarah and other mathematicians) struggles with mathematics. Success in mathematics is not determined by whether it comes naturally or seems "clear". Instead, success in mathematics is all about learning to use mistakes and material we are struggling with in order to grow. You can obtain a passing grade in this class by satisfactorily completing your work and missing no more class then allowed as above. Most people who do so will receive an A, B, or C in the course. To obtain an A in this class, you must demonstrate deep understanding of the material. You should expect to put in the necessary time outside of class in order to complete homework and assignments on time.

    Course Goals

    You'll receive full general education quantitative literacy credit while developing a liberal arts appreciation of mathematics. It includes an interdisciplinary and thematically linked format and a focus on local to global connections as you develop creative inquiry skills, research techniques, and communication skills, as we study:
    Geometry of our Earth and Universe How we view the world around us and what it actually looks like.
    Personal Finance Interest formulas as they apply to the real world - credit cards, student loans, savings accounts, car and house purchases, taxes, retirement...
    Consumer Statistics To recognize misrepresentations of studies and statistical data in the real world by applying statistical techniques.
    What is Mathematics? To reflect more broadly about the course themes (what mathematics is, what it has to offer, why it is useful, and the diverse ways that people succeed in it) as we tie the segments together. You'll also become a mathematician with a topic you are interested in as your field of study. You will communicate your expertise in a research session that is modeled after poster presentations at science fairs and research day at Appalachian.

    Other Policies

    Do plenty of exercises until you are comfortable with the material - more than those that are assigned, if needed. As per the University-wide Statement on Student Engagement with Courses you can expect to spend (on average) 2-3 hours outside of class for each hour in class. As a general rule of thumb, on average, you can expect to spend that time outside of class reviewing material and class notes, completing homework assignments, and checking the main web page and ASULearn postings. If you find that you are spending fewer hours than these guidelines suggest, you can probably improve your grade by studying more. If you are spending more hours than these guidelines suggest, you may be studying inefficiently; in that case, you should come see me.

    When writing up work, be sure to give acknowledgment where it is due. Submitting someone else's work as your own (PLAGIARISM) is a serious violation of the University's Academic Integrity Code, which defines:

    Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, borrowing, downloading, cutting and pasting, and paraphrasing without acknowledgement, including from online sources, or allowing an individual's academic work to be submitted as another's work.

    Use of interactive technology is allowed only when it is related to our class. Put cell phones away and set them to vibrate. Photos or video or audio recordings may not be taken in class without prior permission. Food and beverages are allowed as long as they aren't distracting, but e-cigs, chewing tobacco/spit cups and other products are not allowed.


    Asking questions, and explaining things to others, in or out of class, is one of the best ways to improve your understanding of the material. This course is to be an environment in which everyone feels comfortable asking questions, making mistakes, offering good guesses and ideas, and is respectful to one another. You should think of me as a combination between a coach and a future boss and you should respect this dynamic in class, office hours and the bulletin board, as I try to guide you to success in this class by helping you develop professional skills.

    You should explore each problem and write out your thinking in a way that can be shared with others. Focus on your own ideas. Turn in projects or prepare to present problems even if it they are not complete, even if only to say, "I do not understand such and such" or "I am stuck here." Be as specific as possible. Conjecture.

    In this course, you will be challenged with problems that you have never seen before. I do not expect you to be able to solve all the issues immediately. Instead, I want to see what you can do on your own. Out in the real world, this is important, since no matter what job you have, you will be expected to seek out information and answers to new topics you have not seen before. This may feel uncomfortable and frustrating. I understand this and want to help you through the process. It helps to remember that there are no mathematical dead-ends! Each time we get stuck, it teaches us something about the problem we are working on, and leads us to a deeper understanding of the mathematics.

    In the real world though, you are not expected to face your work alone. You will be allowed to talk to other people and you may even be expected to work with other people. In this class, you are also not expected to face your work alone. I encourage you to talk to me often in class, office hours, and the bulletin board, and group work will also be encouraged.

    The purpose of homework is to learn and practice computational strategies, conc\ epts, and develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, so you should try problems and readings on your own. Feel free to talk to me or each other if you are stuck on this assignment, but be sure to acknowledge any sources including each other, like "The insight for this solution came from a conversation w\ ith Joel." If you know how to do a problem and are asked for help, try to give hints rather than the solution: Give a person a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach them to fish and you feed them for a lifetime (or at least this course)

    I am always happy to help you in class, during office hours (or by appointment), or on the ASULearn bulletin board, and will try to give you hints and direction. At times though, to encourage the exploration process, I may direct you to rethink a problem and to come back to discuss it with me again afterwards. This occurs when I believe that the struggle to understand is imperative for your deep understanding of the material.

    The text below is taken from Jeff Bennett's HINTS ON HOW TO SUCCEED IN COLLEGE CLASSES. Copyright Jeff Bennett.

    Presenting Homework and Writing Assignments

           All work that you turn-in should be of collegiate quality: neat and easy to read, well-organized, and demonstrating mastery of the subject matter. Future employers and teachers will expect this quality of work. Moreover, although submitting homework of collegiate quality requires "extra" effort, it serves two important purposes directly related to learning.

    1. The effort you expend in clearly explaining your work solidifies your learning. In particular, research has shown that writing and speaking trigger different areas of your brain. By writing something down - even when you think you already understand it - your learning is reinforced by involving other areas of your brain.
    2. By making your work clear and self-contained (that is, making it a document that you can read without referring to the questions in the text), it will be a much more useful study guide when you review for a quiz or exam.

    The following guidelines will help ensure that your assignments meet the standards of collegiate quality.