Introduction to Mathematics

Dr. Sarah J. Greenwald

Dr. Sarah's MAT 1010 WebCT The Calendar is the best place to check for long term assignments, extra credit, and extra office hours, and the Bulletin Board is the easiest way to ask a math question outside of class and office hours.

Walker Math Help Faculty and students answer questions.

You may wish to obtain a tutor through the Learning Assistance Program - for group (free) or private ($$) tutors in D.D. Dougherty.

Develop an appreciation of what mathematics is, what it has to offer, and why it is useful.

Develop communication skills by communicating mathematics to a general audience in writing projects, group and class discussions and presentations, and on the WebCT bulletin board.

Develop computer skills and advanced web searching techniques.

Math 1010 has been designated as a writing intensive, numerical data and computer use course.

Certain homework or assignments will require use of a computer with web access, as this is a computer intensive designated course. Either you will be given some time in lab to do the assignment, or you will have at least 36 hours to complete such an assignment - enough time to access a computer from school if you do not have one at home. If, due to work or other responsibilities, you cannot access a computer with web access at least once every 36 hours, then you should drop out of this section.

As mandated for
writing designated courses,
you will be assigned a **significant amount of writing**.
You can expect to have your graded projects returned to you one week
after you submit them.

When writing up work, be sure to give acknowledgment where it is due. Submitting someone else's work as your own (PLAGIARISM) is a serious violation of the University's Academic Integrity Code.

You should explore each problem and write out your thinking in a way that can be shared with others. Focus on your own ideas. Turn in projects or prepare to present problems even if it they are not complete, even if only to say, "I do not understand such and such" or "I am stuck here." Be as specific as possible. Conjecture.

In this course, you will be challenged with problems that you have never seen before. I do not expect you to be able to solve all the issues immediately. Instead, I want to see what you can do on your own. Out in the real world, this is important, since no matter what job you have, you will be expected to seek out information and answers to new topics you have not seen before. This may feel uncomfortable and frustrating. I understand this and want to help you through the process. It helps to remember that there are no mathematical dead-ends! Each time we get stuck, it teaches us something about the problem we are working on, and leads us to a deeper understanding of the mathematics.

In the real world though, you are not expected to face your work alone. You will be allowed to talk to other people and you may even be expected to work with other people. In this class, you are also not expected to face your work alone. I encourage you to talk to me often in class, office hours, and the bulletin board, and group work will also be encouraged.

I am always happy to help you in class, during office hours (or by appointment), or on the WebCT bulletin board, and will try to give you hints and direction. At times though, to encourage the exploration process, I may direct you to rethink a problem and to come back to discuss it with me again afterwards. This occurs when I believe that the struggle to understand is imperative for your deep understanding of the material.