Topics in Contemporary Mathematics ( MATH 110 A)

Fall 2012

Instructor:   Dr. Seongchun (Michelle) Kwon
e-mail:   kwonseon at hotmail dot com
Office:   Miller Science Center 103-C
Office hours:   2:00- 3:00 on MWF and 3:00- 4:00 on TTR or by appointment
Class hours:   MWF 9:00 AM-9:50 AM at Sharp Academic Center 3228

Text:    For All Practical Purposes: Mathematical Literacy in Today's World( ISBN 9781429215060),   Publisher: W. H. Freeman

Materials covered:     Selected topics from consumer mathematics, set theory, counting methods, probability, statistics, systems of linear equations, graphs and solutions of linear and quadratic equations using graphical methods. Modeling and problem solving techniques will be illustrated to give students an understanding of the nature and applications of mathematics.

Final Exam:   December 4 (Tuesday)   8:00 -10:00 a.m.

  • Syllabus ;       Tentative Schedule
  • Suggested Problems, Problems from the textbook: Chapter 5, Chapter 7 , Mathematical Modelling , Savings Model
  • Summary of Lecture ( Counting Principle, Probability )
  • Powerpoint: Counting Principle , Probability , Statistics ( Statistics Lecture Note ), Scatter Plot , Mathematical Modelling , Savings Model , Review for the Final

    Supplemental Instructor: Zac Eagler
    Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. located in the ARC(Academic Resource Center) in Centennial Hall
    SI sessions: Sunday between 8 p.m. and 9 Centennial Hall room 200, Monday between 11 a.m. and 12 a.m. in Centennial Hall room 200 and between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. in Centennial Hall room 205


                                          Progress, Problems and Solutions

    Date Progress Problems,Solutions
    Aug 22 W Introduction
    Aug 24 F Chapter 8. Probability: Basic Terminology with Examples, Set theory
    Aug 27 M Chapter 8. Probability:Set theory, Compound Events
    Aug 29 W Quiz (Group Quiz, Closedbook Quiz) Group Quiz ( Solution ),   Group Quiz ,   Closedbook Quiz
    Aug 31 F Counting methods: Multiplication Principle and Tree Diagram, Permutation
    Sep 5 W Counting methods: Permutation, Combination
    Sep 7 F Counting methods: Combination, Quiz Quiz ( Solution ), Group Quiz
    Sep 10 M Combining the Counting Principles
    Sep 12 W Combining the Counting Principles, Probability
    Sep 14 F Probability, Quiz Quiz , Group Quiz
    Sep 17 M Probability Group Activity
    Sep 19 W Review for the exam Review Problems
    Sep 21 F Exam 1 Exam 1( Solution )
    Sep 24 M 5.1. Displaying Distributions: Histograms
    Sep 26 W Mini-Make-Up Exam 1, 5.2. Interpreting Histograms, Group Activity Mini-Make-Up Exam 1, Group Activity
    Sep 28 F Quiz Quiz , Group Quiz
    Oct 1 M 5.4. Describing Center: Mean and Median 5.5. Describing Spread: The Quartiles
    Oct 3 W 5.6. The Five-Number Summary and Boxplots 5.7. Describing Spread: The Standard Deviation Group Activity
    Oct 5 F Fall Break
    Oct 8 M 5.8. Normal Distribution, (Closedbook) Quiz Quiz
    Oct 10 W 5.9. The 68-95-99.7 Rule Group Activity
    Oct 12 F Quiz Quiz ( Solution ), Group Quiz ( Solution )
    Oct 15 M Chapter 7 Data for Decisions
    Oct 17 W Chapter 7 Data for Decisions, Group Activity Group Activity
    Oct 19 F Review for the Exam Review Problems
    Oct 22 M Exam 2 Exam 2( Solution ) Typo in solution: #9. 99.5 must be 99.7. #13. Write 2 in front of the square root. Confidence interval: 0.45 to 0.63
    Oct 24 W Scatter Plot
    Oct 26 F Mini-Make-Up Exam( This mini-make-up exam will ask you about the terminology, well-known theorem and concepts. You are to review the first part of the review Problems by studying the Powerpoint and writing those terminology, well-known theorem and concepts by yourself as well as reviewing the 2nd exam whose solution is provided. This mini-make-up exam may worth more than 10 points.) Mini-Make-Up Exam 2, Group Quiz
    Oct 29 M Scatter Plot, Regression Group Activity
    Oct 31 W Mathematical Modeling: Solving Linear Equation Group Activity
    Nov 2 F Mathematical Modeling: Solving Linear Equation, Quiz Quiz , Group Quiz
    Nov 5 M Mathematical Modeling: Solving Linear Equation
    Nov 7 W Savings Model
    Nov 9 F Quiz Group Quiz ( Solution ), Quiz ( Solution )
    Nov 12 M Savings Model: Review of Quiz, Nominal interest, Effective rate, Annual percentage yield, Compound interest
    Nov 14 W Savings Model: Examples
    Nov 16 F Quiz Group Quiz ( Solution )
    Nov 19 M Quiz and Explanation about reading the data on the semester's scores Quiz ( Solution )
    Nov 21 W Thanks Giving Holiday
    Nov 23 F Thanks Giving Holiday
    Nov 26 M Effective rate, Annual Percentage Yield(APY) and their examples
    Nov 28 W Examples of Annual Percentage Yield(APY), Review for the final
    Nov 30 F Review for the Final
    Dec 4 T Final Exam ( 8:00 - 10:00 ) Final Exam ( Solution )