Dr. Sarah's Math 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
    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
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  • 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.
  • I have taught for Watauga Global Community since 2001.
  • 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.
    6 May - Mon
  • Check for my reference and content suggestions on ASULearn over the weekend [I messaged Saturday morning].
  • ****Research Presentations**** 12-2:30 is our assigned time. Mandatory to pass the class.
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    2 May - Thur
  • Choose and 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
  • 30 Apr - Tues
  • ****Project 4: What is Mathematics: A Class Review ****
  • 29 Apr - Mon
  • Search for information on the mathematicians David Blackwell and Andrew Wiles and report on a few interesting items that you found (to turn in)
  • Read the "What is Mathematics Readings" link on ASULearn
  • Continue working on Project 4 that you (hopefully) began earlier in the semester
  • 25 Apr - Thur
  • What is Mathematics research and readings assignment (to turn in)
  • 23 Apr - Tues
  • ****Test 3**** study guide
  • 22 Apr - Mon
  • 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.
  • Read through the study guide
  • Study for test 3 and write down any questions that you have.
  • 18 Apr - Thur
  • ****Project 3: Critical Analysis of Recent Media ****
  • 16 Apr - Tues
  • Take a try of the ASULearn review questions and write down any questions.
  • Review the April 11th homework readings and be prepared to discuss them.
  • Continue working on project 3.
  • If you did not complete the lab, then do so.
  • 15 Apr - Mon
  • Read and take notes on or highlight: linear regression, predictors and the stock market
  • Continue working on project 3.
  • 11 Apr - Thur
  • Read and take notes on (keep track of the pages for the themes related to Project 3) or highlight: Heart of Mathematics
    p. 53-55 and p. 61 Numerical Patterns in Nature
    p. 734-735 and 738-745 Statistics Throughout our Lives
    p. 776-788 Deciding Personal and Public Policy
  • Read Exposure to letters A or F can affect test performance and prepare a bullet point list (to turn in) of a summary of related content and the page numbers in connection with relevant correlation/causation, sample size and study from past hw readings (via p. #s and content) in both books (to turn in).
  • Complete How Do You Know 3.4 #15 parts b) and c) (to turn in).
  • 9 Apr - Tues
  • Read and take notes on (keep track of the pages for the themes related to Project 3) or highlight:
    1. Heart of Mathematics
    p. 591-593 Are Coincidences as Truly Amazing as They First Appear?
    p. 712-722 Making Inferences from Data
    2. How Do You Know
    p. 185-188 on Linear Relationships
  • Create an analysis and critique (to turn in) using bullet points of the information in these articles on the impact of young voters by referring to specific content and page numbers in both books from todays and past homework readings. The more page numbers and references the better! For example:
    Heart of Mathematics p. 655-656 examined the issues surrounding the 1936 presidential election, including biased polling, and how George Gallup made his name by accurately predicting the election with a small (but randomized) sample.
  • If you did not complete the lab, do so, and continue to bring the stock graph and your clickers and calculators to all classes.
  • 8 Apr - Mon
  • Read and take notes on (keep track of the pages for the themes related to Project 3) or highlight: MSFT conflicting graph viewpoints
  • Bring your print out of your stock graph with you to lab, and make sure that your stock Excel file data is still in your email to use in lab
  • Begin working on the hw for Tues
  • 4 Apr - Thur
  • Begin working on the Collecting and Presenting Data and Boxplots portions of Project 3 via searching for recent articles. The Collecting and Presenting Data theme is a good one for satisfying the criteria that one of the articles must be from the Current Periodicals section in the lower level of the library.
  • 28 Mar - Thur
  • If you have not done so already, then print out a copy of your stock graph - just the graph, not the data - and bring it to all statistics segment classes and labs
  • Take notes on (keep track of the pages for the themes related to Project 3) or highlight
    1. How Do You Know
    p. 156 on When Good Graphs Go Bad and p. 172-176 on the Center of a Distribution, the Spread of a Distribution, and Box Plots
    2. Heart of Mathematics p. 645-651 and 654-661 Stumbling Through a Minefield of Data
  • 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? Can you say something positive about each network using the boxplots? Explain.
  • 26 Mar- Tues
  • Read through Project 3 and note the themes in both books that you should pay attention to when reading and taking notes in both books:
    Collecting and Presenting Data
    Boxplots
    Predictors
    Unintended Consequences
  • Read and highlight or take notes (keep track of the pages for the themes related to Project 3) on:
    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 and be prepared to discuss why you chose the measures too
  • If you did not complete the lab on Monday, see the class highlights page and ASULearn and finish it.
  • 25 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.
  • Take notes on and/or highlight:
    1) 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.
    2) Heart of Mathematics p. 594 (How to Get Rich Quick as a Stock Whiz).
  • Begin working on the hw for Tuesday
  • 21 Mar - Thur
  • ****Test 2**** study guide
  • 19 Mar - Tues
  • If you did not complete the lab, then do so.
  • 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.
  • 18 Mar - Mon
  • Review the condo lab from last week, especially #7 and 8. 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.
  • Bring the How Do You Know? workbook to lab and your car price and rate with you from the condo lab
  • Review the class highlights page and begin taking notes for finance information for Project 4, which also serves as a good review
  • Begin working on the hw for Tues
  • 7 Mar - Thur
  • Read and take notes on or highlight How Do You Know p. 38-47
  • Complete You Try It 3.4 on the top of page 30 in How Do You Know, 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 3 months is 13782.35.
  • 5 Mar - Tues
  • If you did not complete the lab, then do so
  • 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. Report back on what you found (to turn in).
  • 4 Mar - Mon
  • ****Project 2: Benjamin Franklin's Financial Legacy ****
    Project 2 Criteria
    Benjamin Franklin's Will - News Article Web Readings for Project 2
  • Review your class notes on loans and amortization and bring your formula sheet to lab
  • 28 Feb - Thur
  • Continue to work on project 2
  • Read and take notes on Heart of Mathematics p. 806 and How Do You Know? p. 26-29 on loans and amortization.
  • 26 Feb - Tues
  • Continue to work on project 2
  • If you did not complete Jane and Joan from lab, do so
  • 25 Feb - Mon
  • Work on project 2
  • Review the finance calculations for lump sum, periodic payment, and total interest, and bring your formula sheet to lab
  • Complete the $37 savings to turn in. Show work to determine that the interest is $119.84 and $10.91 respectively.
  • 21 Feb - Thur
  • Read and take notes on Heart of Mathematics p. 793-797 and and How Do You Know? p. 12-13
  • Complete How Do You Know p. 22 Exercise Set 1.2 # 5 and 7.
  • Begin looking at the criteria for project 2 under the Mar 4 due date, and write down any questions
  • 19 Feb - Tues
  • If you did not finish the lab, do so
  • Read p. 1, 5-7, 9-11 in How Do You Know? and highlight important points within the reading (and write down any questions).
  • 18 Feb - Mon
  • Read Benjamin Franklin's Plan - Web Reading for Lab and take notes.
  • 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.
    Exercise Set 1.2 p. 22: # 1 and 2
    You may write in the workbook and rip out the pages to save paper. Show your calculation work!
  • 14 Feb - Thur
  • 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 for...
            savings,                                                 checking accounts,
            cds (certificate of deposit),                     credit card rates,
            student loan rates,                                   house loan (mortgage) rates,
            and car loan rates.
  • List at least one rate for each type of account above [or you can list numerous rates or a range of rates] and be sure to list the source(s) of each rate.
  • 12 Feb - Tues
  • ****Test 1**** study guide
  • 11 Feb - Mon
  • Read through the test 1 study guide and write down any questions.
  • Take a try of ASULearn Review Questions [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.]
  • 7 Feb - Thur
  • Begin working on project 4, which is also a good review activity. Write down any questions you have.
  • Read through the Jeff Weeks interview and be prepared to discuss.
  • 5 Feb - Tues
  • If you did not complete the lab, then do so.
  • Read through the following and take notes: An article I wrote for Mathematics Awareness Month: The Shape of the Universe
  • Read through Project 4 and write down any questions you have related to the project
  • 4 Feb - Mon
  • Read through and take notes for lab on
    Heart of Mathematics Sections 4.6 (The Shape of Reality) and 4.7 (The Fourth Dimension)
  • Read through and take notes for lab (which may take the form of written notes, highlighting and/or underlining): gluing spaces
  • 31 Jan - Thur
  • ****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.
  • 29 Jan - Tues
  • Continue working on project 1
  • If you did not complete the lab, then do so: prepare to turn in your lab responses.
  • 28 Jan - Mon
  • Read through the 2D Universes Readings and take notes (or print out and highlight) for lab.
  • 24 Jan - Thur
  • Review material from class on Tuesday and write down any questions
  • Choose a question and begin looking for related references for project 1 due 1/31 [you are looking for diverse and contradictory perspectives, including scholarly and nonscholarly references and books]
  • 22 Jan - Tues
  • 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.
  • Review class notes and the class highlights webpage from last week [up through Thur Jan 17 at the bottom of the page] and bring your i-clicker to class.
  • If you did not complete the first lab or any other work from last week due to a later registration, then do so via the class highlights page.
  • 17 Jan - Thur
  • Read through Project 1 due on 1/31 and write down any questions you have.
  • 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)
  • Bring the i-clicker and calculator to all classes. Bring books to classes when we have readings or problems due from them.
  • 15 Jan - Tues
  • 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.
  • If you did not complete the lab, then do so.
  • 14 Jan - Mon
  • Meet for lab