First Year Seminar - Syllabus
US 1150-101 - Math and Science Problem Solving
Summer 2009

Professor: Dr. Rahman Tashakkori, e-mail:
Other Instructors:
Dr. Nicole Bennette (Chemistry), Dr. Libby Pucket (Chemistry), Dr. Barry Kurtz (CS), Dr. Phill Russell (Physics), and Dr. Donovan Leonard (Physics).
Web Page:
Office: CAP 121, Office Phone: 262-7009
Office Hours: To be Decided in Class
Class Time/Location: MTWR 3:20-6:00 pm Primary Location is Walker 108, but location may change based on the lab activities. All lab activities are in CAP builing
Final Exam: Friday, July 24, 2009 class time

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Handouts and Articles will be provided by the instructors,

Objective of the Course
Students will work in small groups to solve a wide variety of problems from math and science. They will use and modify as needed a step by step approach to problem solving, starting with information gathering and ending with putting together a solution for formal presentation, both orally and in writing. A wide variety of problem solving strategies will be introduced. Students will need to think creatively and critically. They will need to communicate with their team members and be able to resolve conflicts when they arise. When difficulties are encountered in finding a solution, students will learn to rethink their assumptions and try alternative approaches.

Tentative Course Outline
Writing Projects
Students are required to work in the Writing Clinic on Sundays from 2:00-6:00 pm to write two papers about the outdoor activites they have had on Saturday. They will look into problem solving aspects of their activities.

Outdoor Activities
Outdoor activites on Friday and Saturdays are requirements of the First Year Seminar Course. Thus, it will receive grades for attendance, participation, and the project report.

Class Attendance
Students are required to attend ALL classes.

Grading policy
The following grading scale will used in this course:
*Unless indicated by the instructor, all assignments and class work must be completed individually. Please read the ASU Academic Integrity Policy for more information on how the potential violations are treated.

Grading Scale
No incomplete grade (I) will be given in this course.

Students with Disabilities
Students who wish to receive accommodations are encouraged to refer to This page.
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