Dr. Sarah's MAT 1010 for Watauga Global Community Tentative Calendar

The best way to contact me outside of class is during office hours in 326 Walker Hall or as an ASULearn Message. [Participants / my picture / Send message]
  • Office hours this week Monday 1-3
    in person during finals: Wed 6th 12:45, Tues 12th 10:00 and 1:30, Thur 14th 10:30
    8pm Zoom Conferencing: Thur 7th, Fri 8th, Mon 11th, Wed 13th and on the ASULearn Forums
  • Syllabus and Grading Policies
  • Class highlights If you miss a class, then pick up handouts from my door and make up the work before the next class.
  • Jump down to tomorrow's homework which is located above the red lines

    DUE Date



        WORK DUE at the beginning of class or lab unless otherwise noted. Turn in work that meets the criterion in Presenting Homework and Projects **** means that the assignment will receive a numerical grade while the other assignments (TBA) are counted in the participation grade.
    10 May - Thur
  • ****Research Presentations**** from 9-11:30. Mandatory to pass the class.
  • Look for my ASULearn message suggestions for y our topic that I sent Monday morning. If you did not receive a message from me, that is because I did not receive your topic from you (it is not too late to message me on ASULearn)
  • I have office hours Mon 1-3 and will also be available on ASULearn messaging.
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    3 May - Thur
  • ****Project 4: What is Mathematics? **** You may submit electronic files on ASULearn in the link I created there for this purpose, if you prefer, or message me a youtube video link, etc...
  • Write down on a piece of paper your final exam research presentation topic, so that you can share the topic in class and I can message you some reference and content suggestions on ASULearn over the weekend
  • 1 May - Tues
  • If you did not complete the lab, then do so.
  • Read through the research presentation criteria and write down any questions.
  • Bring project 3 (that I gave back in lab), Test 3, and lab notes with you to class.
  • 30 April - Mon
  • Bring your stock market info to lab
  • Continue working on project 4 and begin working on the final exam research presentations.
  • 26 April - Thur
  • Read through project 4 again
  • Search for information on the mathematician David Blackwell and report on what you found
  • 24 April - Tues
  • ****Test 3**** study guide
  • 23 April - Mon
  • Review the class highlights page for statistics and take notes for project 4
  • Review the statistics labs [Stock Data and Graph and ASULearn Data Collection, Representations of Data, and Can We Predict the Future? Stocks, Class Data, and Raw Egg Regressions] and bring your notes on them with you to lab, along with your stock graph.
  • 19 April - Thur
  • Study for test 3 via the ASULearn review questions as well as the study guide, and write down any questions
  • 17 April - Tues
  • ****Project 3: Statistical Critiques of Recent Media ****
  • 16 April - Mon
  • Read about Stock regression
  • How Do You Know 3.4 #15 parts b) and c) (p. 202 if I am remembering correctly).
  • Continue working on project 3.
  • 12 April - Thur
  • Read Exposure to letters A or F can affect test performance and prepare a bullet point list of a summary of related content and the page numbers in connection with relevant correlation/causation, sample size and study readings (via p. #s and content) in both books.
  • Work on Project 3
  • 5 April - Thur
  • Take Notes on the following in Heart of Mathematics
    p. 764-777 Statistics Throughout our Lives
    p. 812-826 Deciding Personal and Public Policy
  • Create an analysis and critique (informal bullet points are fine) of the information in these articles on the impact of young voters by referring to specific content and page numbers in both books from our homework readings from Mar 29, April 3 and today.
  • 3 April - Tues
  • Take notes on or highlight How Do You Know
    p. 156 on When Good Graphs Go Bad,
    p. 172-176 on the Center of a Distribution, the Spread of a Distribution, and Box Plots, and
    p. 185-188 on Linear Relationships
  • Use the following lo, q1, median, q3, and hi to sketch three boxplots on the same graph for these Nielsen ratings points (that roughly represent the percentage of households tuned in).
    ABC [13.5, 14.4, 16.6, 17.2, 20.2]
    CBS [13.1, 15.5, 16.35, 17.3, 21.9]
    NBC [13.1, 13.6, 14.5, 15.0, 17.6]
    Which network does the best? The worst? Explain.
  • If you did not complete the lab then do so.
  • 2 Apr - Mon
  • Read MSFT conflicting graph viewpoints
  • Skim Project 3 and write down any questions
  • Begin working on homework for Tuesday
  • 29 Mar - Thur
  • Read and take notes on or highlight How Do You Know
    p. 131-134 on History of Statistics, Census, Sampling and Random Sampling,
    p. 138 on estimating a characteristic as well as sample size,
    p. 140 from item 3. to the bottom of the page on misleading questions, and
    p. 142 on Human Subject Research and bring the book to class.
  • Complete How Do You Know p. 180-181 #6 on measures of center
  • 27 Mar - Tues
  • Read section 1.5: Personal Finance: Investments in the How Do You Know? book (beginning on p. 51) to gain some familiarity with personal investments and stock information.
  • Read Heart of Mathematics p. 608-609 (How to Get Rich Quick as a Stock Whiz).
  • Message me on ASULearn or write down to turn in 2 items from each reading (4 items total) that you found interesting, that surprised you, or that you disagreed with.
  • If you did not complete the lab on Monday, see the class highlights page and ASULearn and finish it.
  • 26 Mar - Mon
  • You will need money on your card to print 1 sheet from lab.
  • Find the stock symbols of a few companies that are actively traded and that you are interested in "buying" - for example, you might search
    http://finance.yahoo.com/lookup for stocks with certain names
    or www.google.com for
    "stock symbol" "COMPANY NAME"
    where COMPANY NAME is the name of the company that you are interested in.
  • Begin working on the readings for Tuesday
  • 22 Mar - Thur
  • ****Test 2**** study guide
  • 20 Mar - Tues
  • How Do You Know Exercise Set 1.2 (beginning on p. 23) #9, 14, 21, and 24 and Exercise Set 1.3 (beginning on p. 32) # 8 and 10
  • Take a try of the ASULearn Material Review Questions for Test 2 and look at the study guide and write down any questions that you have.
  • Bring How Do You Know and your i-clicker to class
  • 19 Mar - Mon
  • Review the condo lab from last week. We will use the same Excel file as well as your car info so be sure that you understand what we did and have the car info with you.
  • Read p. 38-47 in How Do You Know and bring the workbook to lab
  • Review lump sum, periodic payment and loan payment calculations, including total paid and interest calculations too.
  • Begin working on hw for Tuesday.
  • 8 Mar - Thur
  • Review lump sum, periodic payment and loan payment calculations, including total paid and interest calculations too.
  • Review the class highlights page and begin taking notes for finance information for Project 4.
  • 6 Mar - Tues
  • Search the web for information about personal or consumer debt or loans in the US. How about for the entire world? How about for North Carolina? Also search for information about the federal deficit. Take notes on what you found.
  • Read p. 28-29 in How Do You Know? and then complete You Try It 3.4 on the top of page 30, which is similar to the car loan practice problem from lab. Show work. Hint: When you solve for the monthly payment, you should obtain 381.84 and the balance due at the end of the 3 months is 13782.35.
  • Finish the lab if you did not finish it in class.
  • 5 Mar - Mon
  • ****Project 2: Benjamin Franklin's Financial Legacy**** is due at the beginning of lab
    Project Criteria and Rubric
    Benjamin Franklin's Will - News Article Web Readings
    Lump Sum Philosophy and Derivation
    Lab
  • 1 Mar - Thur
  • Skim p. 26-28 in How Do You Know? on loans and amortization.
  • Continue working on project 2.
  • 28 Feb - Tues
  • Complete the Jane and Joan assignment on ASULearn and take notes on the formulas you used. I must go in manually to update the formula questions, but you will know if your work is correct because I provided the answers in the questions.
  • Read through the Project 2 criteria under Monday's due date and write down any questions you have.
  • 27 Feb - Mon
  • Review the lab from last week, especially the Excel process and lump sum equations.
  • Talk to your friends or relatives, collect information that you receive in the mail, search on the web and/or go to a bank to find recent interest rates on...
            savings,                                                 checking accounts,
            cds (certificate of deposit),                     credit card rates,
            student loan rates,                                   house loan (mortgage) rates,
            and car loan rates.
  • Summarize your findings and be sure to list the source of each rate.
  • Complete $37 savings. Show work to determine that the interest is $119.84 and $10.91 respectively.
  • 23 Feb - Thur
  • Read page How Do You Know? p. 12-13 and be sure you understand the derivation on p. 12.
  • Begin working on the real-life rates assignment due on Monday.
  • 21 Feb - Tues
  • Read p. 1, 5-7, 9-11 in How Do You Know? and complete p. 22 Exercise Set 1.2 # 5 and 7. You may write in the workbook to save paper. Show work!
  • If you did not complete the lab during class, prepare to turn it in.
  • 20 Feb - Mon
  • Read Ben Franklin's Plan - Web Reading for Lab and take notes.
  • How Do You Know? p. 22 Exercise Set 1.2 # 1 and 2. You may write in the workbook to save paper. Show work!
  • 16 Feb - Thur
  • Bring the equation from class last Thursday to class.
  • Practice Problems (to turn in) from How Do You Know? workbook Exercise Set 1.1 beginning on p. 7: # 1, 13, 16, 17, and 20. You may write in the workbook and rip out the pages to save paper. Show work!
  • 14 Feb - Tues
  • ****Test 1**** study guide
  • 13 Feb - Mon
  • Read through Project 4 and write down any questions you have related to the project
  • Continue studying for test 1 and write down any questions
  • 9 Feb - Thur
  • Take a try of ASULearn Material Review Quiz [participation requires at least one try of the quiz, but the specific grade does not matter - it is only there to provide you with feedback.]
  • Read through the test 1 study guide and write down any questions.
  • 7 Feb - Tues
  • Read through the Jeff Weeks Interview
  • Review the lab and if you did not finish the lab during class, complete it for homework.
  • 6 Feb - Mon
  • Read through and take notes for lab (which may take the form of written notes, highlighting and/or underlining):
    1. An article I wrote for Mathematics Awareness Month: The Shape of the Universe
    2. Gluing Spaces
    3. Heart of Mathematics 4.7 (The Fourth Dimension)
  • 2 Feb - Thur
  • Read through and take notes on Heart of Mathematics Section 4.6 (The Shape of Reality) and be prepared to discuss the reading
  • 31 Jan - Tues
  • ****Project 1: Earth and Universe - Annotated Bibliography****
    Bring a 10-12 inch diameter child's ball - these are usually found in bins in stores and cost a couple of dollars. Be sure that this ball is smooth, can bounce, and that you will not mind writing on it during class.
  • 30 Jan - Mon
  • Read through the 2D Universes Readings and take notes (or print out and highlight) for lab.
  • 26 Jan - Thur
  • Review material from class on Tuesday and write down any questions
  • Begin looking for references for project 1
  • 24 Jan - Tues
  • Review class notes and the class highlights webpage from last week and bring your i-clicker to class.
  • Go to ASULearn, click on Profile, click on Edit Profile, and add a picture of yourself so that it is easier to get to know each other. To contact anyone in class, click on Participants, click on their picture, and click on Send message. This is the best way to contact me outside of class.
  • If you did not complete the Mathematical Experiences Reflection on ASULearn during lab, then finish that.
  • 23 Jan - Mon
  • Read through the perspective drawing web reading and take notes since you will answer questions and use the material in lab
  • 19 Jan - Thur
  • Read through the Syllabus which is online - search google for Dr. Sarah, click on my page, and click on the MAT 1010 link and then the Syllabus link. Come prepared to share something you read and write down any questions you have - the university considers this a binding contract between us.
  • Read through Project 1 due on 1/31.
  • Obtain from the bookstore: purchase the How Do You Know? workbook and rent the hardcover Heart of Mathematics book and the i-clicker.
  • Obtain a scientific calculator (with a yx, xy, or ^ key on it)