Math Concepts & Structures II, Section 005 Department of Mathematics Towson University 

Mathematical Concepts & Structures II 

Fall 2008 

GENERAL 


COURSE GOALS 
This is the second of three sequential mathematics courses (Math 204 is a prerequisite for this course) that enrich the mathematics content knowledge of prospective elementary school teachers. In this course, you will gain a deep understanding of topics from the areas of probability, statistics, and functions. More specifically, you will learn to:
A special emphasis will be made on developing problemsolving skills. 

TEXT  A Problem Solving Approach to Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers, Billstein, Libeskind, Lott. Ninth edition, 2007.  
CALCULATOR  TI83+  
GRADING  There will be written team homework, individual homework, biweekly openhomework quizzes, two projects, two midterm tests, and a comprehensive final examination. The highest of the two midsemester test scores will contribute 20% toward the final grade, the other midterm grade will count 15%. Written homework will count 20%, projects and quizzes 10% each, and the final 25%. Individual homework will count as a lettergrade adjustment at the end of the course.  
TEST DATES 
Test 1: Wednesday, October 1
Test 2: Monday, November 10 Final: TBA 

TEAM HOMEWORK  Written team homework will be assigned weekly. It is a very important part of the class, information about it and additional resources can be found here.  
INDIVIDUAL HOMEWORK 
This homework will be assigned after every class and will be due the next class period.
Typically, it will consist of a reading assignment and some of the routine exercises.
You will not need to hand in anything, instead, two to four students will volunteer
to present the solutions at the board, while the rest of the class will be expected
to discuss the reading assignment with me.
If your presentations and participation in discussions are consistently good (feel free to ask me for feedback if you are not sure), I will add a third of a letter grade to your final grade. At worst (if you are not ready or miss the class half the time), I will subtract one full letter grade from your final grade. 

QUIZZES  "Openhomework" means that you are allowed to look through your solutions to homework problems during the quizzes. It is a good idea to have a separate folder for homeworks, and make sure you have all the copies of the team assignment.  
PROJECTS  There will be two projects, one on probability and one on the statistics component of the course. The details will be posted on the BlackBoard site for our course. Similar to written homework, the projects are assigned to teams; each team will give a short inclass presentation for their project.  
COURSE POLICIES 
Class attendance is expected. If you miss a class, it is your responsibility
to get the material and the homework assignment from your fellow students.
Participation in homework teams is an essential part of the course. If you miss a team meeting, it is your responsibility to work out what form should your contribution to the team effort be. Putting your name on a team homework if you have not participated in meetings is a violation of University's academic integrity policy. You are welcome and encouraged to ask me for help with course material during the office hours or by making an appointment. The rule for team assignments is that as least two of the team's members must be present. You should expect to spend a considerable amount of time working on this course outside of class. At the same time, try to be efficient. If you are spending a lot of time on homework without making much progress, talk to me. Tests and quizzes are to be written strictly individually, everyone caught cheating on any test will have the course grade decreased by one letter grade. Normally, no makeup tests will be given; if for some reason you are not able to take a test, please, let me know as soon as possible. If you have questions or concerns about the course, be sure to discuss them with me during my office hours or by appointment. 

OTHER IMPORTANT DATES 
Drop without W deadline: Wednesday, September 10
Drop deadline: Wednesday, November 12 Thanksgiving break: November 26  30 Last day of classes: Monday, December 15 
GOOD LUCK!