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This course is designed to provide the strategies needed to approach any problem in a variety of disciplines and contexts. This goal will be achieved by:
This course helps students meet the following Liberal Education Learning Outcome(s):
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Some problems will be difficult and solutions may be illusive. The only way to fail such a problem is to not attempt it. Students earn "math points" (MP) for demonstration of mathematical thinking in their solutions.
At the beginning of most classes, students will be expected to present solutions at the board. Opportunities to present will be given for in-class problems, alternate solutions to board problems, and ungraded homework.
Individual presentations are scored based on completion. The first presentation is worth 1 MP, the second worth 2 MP, and so on. Presentations past the fifth are worth +1 MP bonus.
Homework assignments will generally be five questions, two of which will be randomly selected for grading. See homework scoring for more information regarding homework expectations.
Groups of 1-4 students will select and present a "new" problem during Math Retreat. Details regarding this presentation will be discussed after the first exam.
"To assess conceptual knowledge, researchers often use novel tasks … Because children do not already know a procedure for solving the task, they must rely on their knowledge of relevant concepts to generate methods for solving the problems." (Rittle-Johnson, Seigler, Alibali, 2001, p. 347). Assessments are a part of the learning experience so will require mastery of class material and will require the ability to apply class material to new situations.
There will be two in-class exams and a final exam. Each exam focuses on more recent material, but mathematics is comprehensive so expect to see material from previous exams again.
One page of notes is allowed for each exam. Approved calculators will be allowed on all exams.
The highest exam score will be given +20% MP to allow for individual differences between students. This will be computed at the end of the semester.
Email is the best way to reach me. I typically respond within 24 hours, but do not check email in the evenings or on Saturdays due to family commitments.
Attendance A record of attendance is required by the University to maintain accurate class rosters. Attendance is not graded but poor attendance may impact participation in group activities.
Absences If you are absent, please check the course schedule then meet with me (drop-in hours, Zoom, or email) so I can make sure you are caught up. Authorized absences (school functions, emergencies or illness) may be made up for full credit. Other absences may be completed early for full credit, or late for 90% credit. Late work is expected to be completed within two weeks of the original due date or by the last day of classes, whichever occurs first.
Entry-level switching The Department of Mathematics allows students within entry-level mathematics courses (i.e., 010, 020, 104, 109, 112, 114, or 246) to move up to a higher numbered course during the first two weeks of a semester or move down during the first three weeks. Please contact the instructor for more details.
The UW-Eau Claire Liberal Education (LE) Core curriculum serves as a strong foundation for all of our academic programs. Our LE Core embodies the Power of [AND] in its design. It has been developed to ensure that you acquire the knowledge AND skills AND responsibility that you will need to actively engage in a global society. Through meeting the requirements of the LE Core you will develop the ability to think critically, creatively and independently. You will learn to integrate and apply your knowledge and develop values essential to becoming a constructive global citizen. The outcomes will empower you and prepare you to deal with complexity, diversity, and change in multiple settings. They will also develop highly marketable skills and lead to life-long learning and civic engagement (see LE Learning Outcomes and Rubrics).
Student Accommodations Any student who has a disability and is in need of classroom accommodations should contact the instructor and the Services for Students with Disabilities Office in Centennial Hall 2106 at the beginning of the semester.
Academic Integrity Any academic misconduct in this course will be submitted to the Dean of Students.
Mandatory Reporter As a Wisconsin State employee, the instructor is obligated to report any crimes to the Dean of Students, including claims of sexual harassment or sexual assault. The Dean of Students office may reach out to you to offer resources and support.
Community As members of this class we are members of a learning community that values all people with all backgrounds. Please remember that our words and actions affect everyone within our community and remember a little positivity can go a long way.