MATH 101 (CRN 80437/80438) COURSE SYLLABUS
Fall 2016


Course Code & No. - Section:

MATH 101

Course Title (Credits):

Math Reasoning (3)

Term & Year:

Fall / 2016

Course Ref. No. (CRN):

Sections AD2/WA2: 80437/80438




Bary W Pollack




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Prerequisites (from Catalog):


Corequisites (from Catalog):




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Course Description (from the catalog)

Mathematical ways of thinking and an overview of many areas of mathematics. Included are parts of algebra, geometry, graph interpretation, probability, statistics, and topology. Emphasis on problem solving. Interesting geometric puzzles and logic problems. Intended to hone a student’s reasoning and critical thinking abilities.
Prerequisite: Passing MATH 090 with a "C" or better, or meeting the College’s entrance requirements for mathematics.


Student Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:

1)       Think correctly about numbers and have the ability to discern the reasonableness of a particular solution.

2)       Model a mathematical problem using various strategies in order to solve a problem.

3)       Understand the many uses of mathematics in other disciplines (with emphasis on Environmental Science).

4)       Gather, organize, display, and summarize data.

5)       Use technology as a tool to solve mathematical models.

6)       Discover when to use a linear, exponential, or power function from the given data.


The Mathematical Association of America’s (MAA) Committee on the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics (CUPM) in developing future mathematics curriculum has made the following preliminary recommendations:


·         Students should achieve mastery of rich and diverse set of mathematical ideas and should experience mathematics as an engaging field with contemporary open questions.

·         Students should be able to think analytically and critically, to formulate and solve problems, and to interpret their solutions. They should understand and appreciate the value and validity of careful reasoning, precise definition, and close argument.

·         Students should have experience applying knowledge from one branch of mathematics to another and from mathematics to other disciplines.

·         Students should be able to use a variety of technology tools.

·         Students should be able to communicate mathematics both orally and in writing; they should be able to read mathematics.


Methods of Assessing Student Outcomes

Homework problem solving assignments.


Instructional Strategies

This course will use Content Area Reading, Online Lectures, Modeling, Demonstrations, Examples, Seminars, Practical Exercises, Active Participation, Cooperative Learning, Written Student Presentations, Homework.


Required Texts and Materials

1.       Topics in Contemporary Mathematics, 10th Edition, Bello, Kaul, Britton; (c) 2014, Cengage Learning; ISBN-10: 1-133-10742-7, ISBN-13: 978-1-133-10742-2.

2.       A fully functional personal computer/tablet and access to the Internet.


Recommended Texts and Materials



Research Project: none


Prim Library Resources

Using the library’s resources effectively (not just Internet resources) contributes to developing each of SNC’s core themes by exposing students to high quality academic resources, diverse opinions, new ideas, and a future that includes building on a liberal arts education.


Sanctions for Cheating and/or Plagiarism


The Honor Code

The faculty of SNC believes students must be held to high standards of integrity in all aspects of college life in order to promote the educational mission of the College and to encourage respect for the rights of others. Each student brings to the SNC community unique skills, talents, values and experiences which, when expressed within the community, contribute to the quality of the educational environment and the growth and development of the individual. Students share with members of the faculty, administration and staff the responsibility for creating and maintaining an environment conducive to learning and personal development, where actions are guided by mutual respect, integrity, responsibility and trust. The faculty and students alike must make diligent efforts to ensure high standards are upheld by their colleagues and peers as well as themselves. Therefore faculty and students accept responsibility for maintaining these standards at Sierra Nevada College and are obligated to comply with its regulations and procedures, which they are expected to read and understand.


Consequences of Violating the Student Honor Code

SNC students and faculty share the responsibility for maintaining an environment of academic honesty.  Thus, all are responsible for knowing and abiding by the SNC Faculty/Student Honor Code published in the current SNC Catalog.  Faculty are responsible for presenting the Honor Code and the consequences of violating it to students at the start of their classes AND for reporting all incidences of academic dishonesty to the Provost.  Students are responsible for knowing what constitutes CHEATING, PLAGIARISM and FABRICATION and for refraining from these and other forms of academic dishonesty.  Violations of the Honor Code become part of a student’s academic record.

1st Offense: Student receives a zero for assignment/exam and  counseling with faculty on the honor code, consequences for violating the honor code, and the value of academic honesty in learning.

2nd Offense: Student fails course and receives counseling with faculty on the honor code, consequences for violating the honor code, and the value of academic honesty in learning.

3rd Offense: Student is expelled.


Grading Policy

Your final grade is based on the number of points you earn according to the information given in our online classroom.

There are no replacement assignments, alternative assignments, extra-credit, makeup assignments, re-dos, do-overs, or resubmissions in this course.


Incompletes and In-Progress

No incompletes or in-progress grades (I/IP) will be awarded. If you must drop, please do so before the official withdrawal date.


ADA Accommodations

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, students with a documented disability are eligible for support services and accommodations. If a student wishes to request an accommodation, please contact the Director of Academic Support Services, Henry Conover, at (775) 831-1314 x7534,, office in Prim Library: PL-304.


The SNC Email System

The SNC email system is the official communication vehicle among students, faculty members and administrative staff  and is designed to protect the confidentiality of student information as required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 Act (FERPA).  Students should check their college email accounts daily during the school year.

Students have a right to forward their SNC email to another email account (for example, @hotmail or @gmail). However, confidentiality of student information protected by FERPA cannot be guaranteed for SNC email forwarded to an outside vendor. Having email redirected does not absolve a student from the responsibilities associated with official communication sent to his or her SNC email account.


The Sierra Nevada College Mission Statement:

Sierra Nevada College graduates will be educated to be scholars of and contributors to a sustainable world. Sierra Nevada College combines the liberal arts and professional preparedness through an interdisciplinary curriculum that emphasizes entrepreneurial thinking and environmental, social, economic and educational sustainability.


The Core Themes:

Liberal Arts                          Professional Preparedness

Entrepreneurial                    Thinking Sustainability


Policies and Procedures

These policies are presented in an effort to provide you with as much guidance as possible regarding how to deal with this course. Learning any new skill, like programming, requires the investment of a significant amount of time, energy, effort, and dedication. These policies will “level the playing field” so that all students have an equal opportunity to excel.

Contacting your Instructor

I do not have a campus telephone so contact me via email. I will respond as promptly as possible. You MUST place MATH101 first in the Subject line of every email message. Otherwise your email may well be treated as “spam.”

Technical Skills - Prerequisites

Student Success

The prerequisites for MATH 101 are mastery of arithmetic and mathematics skills covered in high school.

In ALL my courses, I assume that you know how to work with personal computers, Microsoft Windows, the Internet, and email. If your background is deficient, you should remedy this situation immediately.


This course will require your time and effort to succeed. There is no “class curve” for this course – you are evaluated on your individual efforts. My goal is to give everyone an “A” – and to feel comfortable that everyone here has mastered the subject matter.



MATH 101 Class Schedule


See our online class webpage for details regarding exactly what is required for each homework assignment and when each is due.






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2. Sets

2.1 Sets: A Problem-Solving Tool

2.2 Set Operations

2.3 Venn Diagrams

2.4 The Number of Elements in a Set

2.5 Infinite Sets

Assignment 1a
Assignment 1b


3. Logic

3.1 Statements

3.2 Truth Tables: A Problem-Solving Tool

3.3 The Conditional and the Biconditional

3.4 Variations of the Conditional and Implications

3.5 Euler Diagrams: A Problem-Solving Tool

3.6 Truth Tables and Validity of Arguments

Assignment 2a
Assignment 2b


5. Number Theory and the Real Numbers

5.1 Number Theory: Primes and Composites

5.2 Whole Numbers, Integers, and Order of Operations

5.3 Operations with Rational Numbers, Scientific Notation

5.4 Rationals and Irrationals as Decimals: Percents

5.5 Radicals and Real Numbers

5.6 Number Sequences

Assignment 3a
Assignment 3b


6. Equations, Inequalities, and Problem Solving

6.1 Solutions of First-Degree (Linear) Sentences

6.2 Graphs of Algebraic Sentences

6.3 Sentences Involving Absolute Values

6.4 Quadratic Equations

6.5 Modeling and Problem Solving

6.6 Ratio, Proportion, and Variation

Assignment 4a
Assignment 4b


8. Geometry

8.1 Points, Lines, Planes, and Angles

8.2 Triangles and Other Polygons

8.3 Perimeter and Circumference

8.4 Area Measure and the Pythagorean Theorem

8.5 Volume and Surface Area

8.6 Networks, Non-Euclidean Geometry, and Topology

8.7 Right Triangle Trigonometry

8.8 Chaos and Fractals

Assignment 5a
Assignment 5b


11. Probability

11.1 Sample Spaces and Probability

11.2 Counting Techniques and Probability

11.3 Computation of Probabilities

11.4 Conditional Probability

11.5 Independent Events

11.6 Odds and Mathematical Expectation

Assignment 6a
Assignment 6b




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