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Contemporary Math

COURSE DESCRIPTION: An introductory study of set theory, logic, graph theory, number theory, mathematical modeling, geometry and consumer mathematics.

a. Sets and set operations
b. Inductive and deductive reasoning
c. Graphs and translating graphs
d. Number systems
e. Natural numbers, whole numbers, integers, rational numbers, irrational numbers, real numbers
f. Exponents and scientific notation
g. Mathematical modeling
h. Systems of equations and inequalities
i. Geometry
j. Percents, interest, consumer math

The student will develop a more in depth understanding and working knowledge of the following topics:
a. Set operations
b. Logical reasoning
c. Interpreting graphs
d. Number systems
e. Solving linear equations
f. Modeling with linear equations
g. Exponential equations
h. Ratios, proportions, and variations
i. Solving systems of equations and inequalities
j. Geometry: lines, angles, circles, polygons, area, perimeter, volume
k. Metric system
l. Percent, interest, loans, investments

HOMEWORK: Homework will be assigned and discussed in class but may or may not be taken for a grade, at the discretion of the instructor. Exam questions will be very similar to homework problems. If you expect to succeed in this class you must do the homework and ask questions.

ATTENDANCE: You are expected to be on time and attend all classes (the majority of failing grades are due to lack of attendance). Role will be taken every class meeting and continuous absences will be reported to the Dean of Enrollment Management through the Early Alert System. Excessive unexcused absences may result in a failing grade and also may be considered as class abandonment by the college (see catalog). Exceptions will be made for extraordinary circumstances, athletes absent due to sports events, and students participating in college related functions. In the event a class is missed, the student is responsible for all material and assignments missed. Check with the instructor or a fellow student for assignments. If you know in advance that you will be unable to attend class (especially on an scheduled exam day), contact the instructor prior to that day. Quizzes and exams can only be made up for an excused absence and must be made up within one week of the date of the missed quiz or exam.

GRADING: Your grade will be determined by daily quizzes (approximately 25) worth 10 points each, 6-7 chapter exams worth 100 points each, and a comprehensive final worth 200 points. Your final grade will be determined by the total number of points earned divided by the total number of possible points.

90-100 A
80-89 B
70-79 C
60-69 D
Below 60 F

WITHDRAWAL POLICY: A grade of “W” will be assigned if the student completes the withdrawal process by the withdrawal deadline. If the student does not do this, but simply quits coming to class, a grade of “F” will be assigned. See school policy.

Americans with Disabilities Act: Any student with a mental or physical disability that may affect his or her performance should inform me by the second-class meeting so that, if possible, reasonable accommodations can be made.

1. No disruptive or disrespectful behavior will be tolerated!
2. Cheating will not be tolerated! Refer to Academic Integrity Statement in SCC College Catalog.
3. No sleeping in class!
4. Cell phones are to be turned off (except for emergencies)!
5. Calculators may or may not be allowed on quizzes or exams at instructor’s discretion!
6. If you have questions/problems come to my office or go to the Resource Center! Please!
7. To be successful in this class, expect to spend at least 9-12 hours per week studying outside of class!
8. Syllabus is subject to change at instructor’s discretion!
9. Pencils only! No ink pens!


January 13 Syllabus, Pre-test
  15 2.1, 2.2, 2.3
  20 2.4, 2.5 Review
  22 Exam I, Chapter 2
  27 5.1, 5.2, 5.3
  29 5.4, 5.5
February 3 5.6, 5.7 Review
  5 Exam II, Chapter 5
  10 6.1, 6.2, 6.3
  12 6.4, 6.5, 6.6
  17 Review
  19 Exam III, Chapter 6
  24 7.1, 7.2, 7.3
  26 7.4, 7.5, 7.6
  31 9.1, 9.2, 9.3
March 2 10.1, 10.2, 10.3
  7 10.4, 10.5, 10.6
  14 Review
  16 Exam VI, Chapters 9, 10
  21 12.1, 12.2, 12.3, 12.4, 12.5
  23 Review
  28 Exam VII, Chapter 12
  30 Review Final Exam
May 4-8 Final Exams, Check Schedule