OFFICE: Fowler 325
PHONE: (323) 259- 2555
Hours (Tent.): M-F 11:30-12:30 AND BY APPOINTMENT or chance!
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Introduction to mathematical thinking. Investigation of mathematical patterns in counting, reasoning, motion and change, shape, symmetry, and position. Not open to seniors.CORE REQUIREMENT MET: FORMAL METHODS OF REASONING
SCOPE: In this course we will explore topics in mathematics
that have arisen from attempts to define and explain the visual aspects of
experience, such as number, motion, symmetry, space dimension, and surface.
Limitations, unexpected consequences and applications resulting from the
development of these concepts illustrate the power of mathematics to measure, to translate, to transform,
and to classify. Lectures will discuss topics not covered in the text as
well as those treated in the text.
Readings and materials will be from the assigned texts and materials linked to the course on the world wide web as appropriate.
Course Objectives (taken from prior Math 105's):
The following are some of the objectives I hope we can accomplish together
through this course this semester.
* Read expository mathematics with understanding and appreciation.
* Appreciate the breadth of what mathematics is and the beauty of it as a subject of inquiry and as a tool for explaining phenomena in the world.
* Articulate mathematical ideas in both oral and written forms.
* Work together on mathematics in small groups.
Blackboard. We will use Blackboard as one of the
learning and feedback tools in this class. In addition to keeping you
updated with class assignments and expectations and making announcements
as needed, I will post regular class notes that will address both issues
brought up in the readings and from in-class and at-home activities.
The first thing you must do is enroll yourself into this course on Blackboard. To do so, follow these steps:
* Logon to Blackboard (at http://blackboard.oxy.edu)
* Click on the COURSES tab
* Select the MATHEMATICS department from the course catalogue list
* On the list of courses available, find MATH AS A LIBERAL ART, and …
* … you will see an ENROLL button
* Select it and this should enroll you in the course
You should then take some time to explore the site to see where I will post various things, including the daily assignments and “quizzes.” Again, it is important for you to check Blackboard regularly – I would advise at least twice a week – and keep up with the assignments and expectations as posted there.
A preliminary portfolio entry should be submitted
for preview feedback and advice no later than September 23rd.
A second entry is due for review no later than October 14th.
A third entry is due for review no later than November 18th.
A fourth and any more entries are due for review no later than December 2nd.
*The entire complete and revised portfolio is due by Monday, December 5th before 5 pm. [Note change from wednesday!]
A portfolio entry can report on the content of reading, illustrate it by examples, and/or follow up on it with an individual response and creativity.
The content of the portfolio
entry should relate specifically and directly to some visual mathematics.
Personal observations, philosophical musings, and aesthetical judgments are
not adequate connections to something visual by themselves to qualify as
Suggested resources for the entries may
be found on the Assignment
and Reading List.
Portfolios will be due for grading on Monday, December 5th before 5 P.M.
expect the highest level of academic honesty from all of my students. You should read the appropriate sections of the Student
Handbook that discuss the “Spirit of Honor” and Academic Honesty. Any instance of plagiarism or cheating will be dealt
with strictly and in accordance with the procedures found in the Handbook.
Copying someone’s homework or problem set solutions
is considered cheating. Including other sources
in your papers without appropriate quotes and citations is considered plagiarism. You may discuss ideas and problems as appropriate,
but what you ultimately write and submit must be your own work, written up
independently of others.
Each student will participate in a course project as a part of a team. Each
team will have three or four members. These projects will be designed with
assistance from myself and the course assistants. The quality of the project
will be used for determining letter grades above the C level. Ideas for projects
will be discussed during the third week.
Click here for Project Proposal Guidelines and Suggestions
Preliminary Project Proposals should be submitted for first review by 5 p.m., October 7th.
Projects should be submitted for grading by Wednesday, December 7th before 5 P.M.
A Project Fair will be organized for displays and presentations
during the last day of class. Details will be discussed later.
ADVICE: I am available during office hours and by appointment
to consult with individuals or partnerships on particular portfolio entries
and/or project ideas. Don't be shy!
***DAILY ATTENDANCE SHOULD BE A HABIT ***
Technology: The computer offers a very useful tool to enhance visual and computational understanding as well as a powerful device for discoverying and presenting resources on the world wide web. An optional lab time will be organized that will be devoted to a number of different projects as well as working with mathematical software tools, such as Wingeom, Winplot, Windisc. (The software we use is all freeware available from the www site of Rick Parris or from me.) A short list of world wide web sites for further reading will be organized on a weekly basis with materials specifically related to the course topics.
GRADES: Four or more absences without extenuating circumstances may be justification for a grade of F.
Otherwise final grades will be determined by taking into consideration the quality of work done in the course as evidenced primarily by work on in-class activities, assignments, projects, and portfolios.
**Only the letter grades of A, B, C, D, and F
will be given. (No + or -'s)
** For the grade of C or CR a student must at least
(1) have satisfactory attendance and participation,
(2) have a satisfactory record on the assignments and class activities (about 80% +'s),
(3) have participated responsibly on a satisfactory group project,
and (4) have submitted a portfolio with at least 4 entries.
** For the grade of B (or A) a student must at least
(1) be qualified for a grade of C,
and (2) submit a portfolio with at least 3 (or 6) entries beyond the work submitted for grade of C.
The portfolio's quality will be used also to determine the final grade .
Students wishing to be graded with either
CR or NC should make this request using the on-line registration web site.