Math 1900 - Survey of Mathematical Ideas (HC)
Control number 40849
Fall Semester 2010
Department of Mathematics
Western Michigan University
Updated September 2, 2010.
Time and location: Class
meets 10 - 11:50 a.m., TR, in 3307 Rood Hall. Final exam
period is Tuesday, December 14, 8 - 10 a.m.
Instructor: Jay A. Wood,
6617 Everett Tower, 387-4812, email: jay(dot)wood(at)wmich(dot)edu .
Office hours: TBA.
Course description (from the
undergraduate catalog): "A survey of significant, active areas of
mathematics with the emphasis on concepts rather than calculations. The
historical origin and development of certain mathematical ideas will be
included. The areas of mathematics investigated will include topics
from set theory, probability theory, number theory, computer
mathematics, and graph theory. This course will not satisfy any program
requirements in mathematics."
General Education: This
course is approved for Proficiency 3, College-level mathematics or
Prerequisites & Corequisites:
Prerequisite: MATH 1100 or satisfactory score on Mathematics Department
placement mechanism. ACT/SAT score of 19/460 or greater.
Credits: 4 hours
Textbooks: Edward B.
Burger and Michael Starbird, The
Mathematics, third edition, with manipulative kit, Wiley, 2010.
G. H. Hardy, A Mathematician's Apology,
Cambridge University Press, 1940/2009. (Any edition or publisher
Edwin A. Abbott, Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions,
(Any edition or publisher is acceptable.)
Calculator: No calculator
Homework will be assigned regularly in class.
Grades: Grades will be
based on homework exercises (worth 20% of the class grade), two
reaction papers (worth a total of 10%), three tests (worth a
total of 45%), and a final project and presentation (worth 25%).
When calculating grades, I will be at least as generous as
90% for an A, 85% for a BA, 80% for B, 75% for CB, 70% for C, 65% for
DC, and 60% for D.
Test dates are Thursdays: September 30, October 28, and December
2. Final projects and presentations are due during the final exam
period Tuesday, December 14, 8 - 10 a.m.
Collaboration: You may
work together on homework and projects, but not on papers or
exams. If you do work together, or if you receive assistance from
someone else, please say so on your paper (e.g., "I worked with Karen
Uhlenbeck on problems 5 and 7, and with Ingrid Daubechies on problems
10 and 15"). Each person is responsible for writing up his/her
own version of the solution.
Accommodation for Disabilities:
with a documented disability (e.g., physical, learning,
psychiatric, vision, hearing, etc.) who needs to arrange reasonable
accommodations must contact Ms. Beth
Denhartigh at 387-2116 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
at the beginning of the semester. A disability determination must be
made by this office before any accommodations are provided by the
Student Conduct and Academic Honesty (wording
the WMU Faculty Senate's Professional Concerns Committeee):
"You are responsible
for making yourself aware of and understanding the policies and
the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs that pertain to Academic
policies include cheating, fabrication, falsification and forgery,
submission, plagiarism, complicity and computer misuse. [The policies
found at http://catalog.wmich.edu
under Academic Policies, Student Rights and Responsibilities.] If there
reason to believe you have been involved in academic dishonesty, you
referred to the Office of Student Conduct. You will be given the
review the charge(s). If you believe you are not responsible, you will
opportunity for a hearing. You should consult with your instructor if
uncertain about an issue of academic honesty prior to the submission of
assignment or test."
, and www.wmich.edu/disabilityservices
to access the Code of Honor and
policies on such issues as diversity, religious observance, student