V63.-0005002 Mathematical Thinking (Fall/2003)

 
 
The final exam is on Thursday, December 18th in room 710 of the Silver Center, from 12 to 1:50 PM. I encourage you to take a look at the list of review problems below.

BASIC INFORMATION

 

Instructor: Roberto Oliveira   (email: oliveira@removethis.cims.nyu.edu)

Textbook: C.P. McKeage, Intermediate Algebra - Concepts and Graphs(4th ed.), Hardcourt

Description: This course is intended as preparation for further study for students with weak math backgrounds. 4 points. Develops an intuitive "number sense," computational skills, an intuitive sense of space, pattern recognition, and analytic thought processes. Topics include arithmetic operations, percentages, proportions, measurements, exponents, roots, and basic geometric concepts. Topics in basic algebra come next: linear equations and their graphs, systems of equations, polynomials, quadratic equations and their graphs, and functions. Practical applications are included according to the interests of the students and instructor. Recommended as a review of basic concepts.[From the CAS 2003 bulletin]

Room and times: Waverly 570, TRF 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Office hours: M 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM, T 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM at room 810 in Warren Weaver Hall   (you can drop by at other times as well; the worst that could happen is that I am not around or will ask you to come back later)

Homeworks: assigned each Friday and due on the following Friday at 9:30 AM, with the exception of the assignment the week before Thanksgiving (this one should be turned in the Tuesday after the holiday). Any assignment can also be turned in before its due date at my office or mail box. Late homeworks will not be accepted (but see the rules for grading below). Working in groups is acceptable as long as each individual student turns in his/her own write-up and collaborators' names are acknowledged in it. Students are also encouraged to do non-assigned problems and to ask questions about them during office hours.

Exams: one midterm on Friday, October 24th at regular class time and one final on Thursday, December 18th, from 12PM to 1:50PM, at room 710 in the Silver Center.

Atttendance: I will not take attendance in class. Students skip classes at their own risk, bearing in mind that I will most likely not be able to compensate for that.

Grading:Final grade = 50 % final + 25 % midterm + 25 % homework, then normalized (but no A/B quotas). Homework component is the average of all individual HW grades, except the two worst ones . Note that a homework that is not turned in by its due date gets a 0 grade. Therefore, a student that for any reason does not turn in one or two homeworsk will have those two 0 grades discarded.

 



 
HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS

 

#1 - 09/05 (due 09/12): From Chapter R, Review - any 10 problems out of 23 - 58, then any 10 problems out of 59 - 86, and any 5 out of 87-94.

#2 - 09/12 (due 09/17): From Chapter R, Review Exercises: any 15 problems out of 111 - 132. From Chapter 1, Problem Set 1.1: any 5 out of 1 - 16, any 3 out of 67 - 76, and any 2 out of 77 - 80.

#3 - 09/21 (due 09/29): From Chapter 1, Problem Set 1.2 - exercises 69, 70, 107, 108. Chap. 1, Problem Set 1.3 - problems 1-15.

#4 - 09/26 (due 10/03): From Chapter 1, Test - 5 out of 1-8, 5 out of 19-30, and 13, 16, 17, 18. From Chapter 1, Review - 1, 22, 23, 50.

#5 - 10/03 (due 10/07): From Chapter 2: Problem Set 2.1 - 4 exercises out 35 - 45 and 3 exercises out of 49 - 58; Problem set 2.2 - 3 exercises out of 29 - 35; Problem Set 2.4 - 3 out of 41-46; Problem Set 2.5 - 3 out of 42 - 46; Problem Set 2.6 - 59, 60, 61; Problem Set 2.7 - 3 out of 45-48; Problem Set 2.8 - 3 out of 21-42.

#6 - 10/10 (due 10/17): From Chapter 3, Test - all problems, except for 7,8,9,10. From Chapter 3, Review - problems 12-15.

#7 - 10/16 (due 10/23): From Chapter 3, Cumulative Review - any 20 problems. Chapter 3, Problem Set 3.2 - all exercises from 37 to 40. Optional problems for extra credit (up to +1.5 point in the midterm, on a 0 to 10 scale): Problem Set 3.2, 41, 42, 49, 50, 51.

#8 - 10/31 (due 11/07): From Chapter 4, Test - any 15 problems. From Chapter 5, Test - any 10 problems from 1 - 28.

#9 - 11/07 (due 11/14): From Problem Set 6.5 - any 10 problems from 1- 10 and any 10 from 13 - 38.

REVIEW PROBLEMS: Click here. These are not to be turned in. Contact me if you have any questions about them.

 
  Email - oliveira@removethis.cims.nyu.edu