# MATH 118: Mathematical Reasoning

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### COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course covers a practical breadth of mathematics, with a focus on math encountered in everyday life. It aims to show the relevancy and usefulness of mathematics and to make it meaningful by putting it in an appropriate context. In this course there is a focus on problem solving with a hands-on and learn-by-doing approach.

This course meets Monday through Friday. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday are lecture days and discussion is held on Tuesday and Thursday.

### COURSE MATERIALS

• Calculator: A scientific calculator is required. Please always have one in class (cell phone calculators are okay). You are allowed to use calculators on all assessments. If you are planning to take additional mathematics/statistics courses, a Texas Instruments graphing calculator is recommended.
• MyMathLab (MML): This is computer-based learning software. An access code can be purchased separately (from the the book) at the UIC bookstore or directly on the MML site. An e-text is available with the purchase of an access code and so you do NOT need to purchase a hardcopy of the text.
• Optional: A hardcopy of the text; Thinking Mathematically, 6th ed, by Robert Blitzer; Pearson

### COURSE TOPICS

Unit I: Linear Equations - chapters 6 & 7

Unit II: Measurement - chapters 9 & 10

Unit III: Personal Finances - chapter 8

Unit IV: Probability and Statistics - chapter 11 & 12

The course specifically covers the following:

 6.1 Algebraic Expressions and Formulas 6.2 Linear Equations in One Variable and Proportions 6.3 Applications of Linear Equations 7.1 Graphing and Functions 7.2 Linear Functions and Their Graphs 7.3 Systems of Linear Equations in Two Variables 8.1 Percent, Sales Tax, and Discounts 8.3 Simple Interest 8.4 Compound interest 8.6 Car Loans 9.1 Measuring length 9.2 Measuring Area and Volume 9.3 Measuring Weight and Temperature 10.4 Area and Circumference 10.5 Volume and Surface Area 11.4 Fundamentals of Probability 12.1 Sampling, Frequency Distributions, and Graphs 12.2 Measures of Central Tendency 12.3 Measures of Dispersion 12.4 The Normal Distribution 12.5 Problem Solving with the Normal Distribution

### COURSE DESIGN

Lecture

• Find the lecture schedule under Schedule.
• For each lecture, there will be an associated worksheet which will serve as a note-taking guide; I will provide the worksheets, but they will also be posted under Worksheets.

Online Homework

• Homework is done online via the MyMathLab website.
• There is a homework assignment associated with each lecture and will be posted that morning.
• Homework is due the following lecture day at 11:59pm; due dates will be given in MML.
• There are 41 online homework assignments; the lowest 5 scores will be dropped.
• Online homework will include more challenging problems.
• Some notes about MyMathLab and its functionality can be found under MyMathLab.

Written Homework

• There are 8 written homework assignments.
• Written homework assignments will be posted on BlackBoard.
• You must use the template I provide for written homework as these are scanned to an online grading system.
• Written homework focuses on application problems.

Discussion worksheets

• During discussion, you will work individually or in groups on problems.
• The focus of discussion worksheets is to practice mathematical techniques and enhance understanding.
• Discussion worksheets will be provided.
• Beginning the second week of classes, one worksheet will be collected and graded weekly; the two lowest scores will be dropped.
• Attendance in discussion on the day of a graded worksheet will automatically give you a 70%.
• There are no make-ups for discussion worksheets.

In-class quizzes

• Beginning the second week of classes, there will be a short quiz at the end of class on Wednesdays.
• Quiz content will be similar to homework problems.
• Sections covered on quizzes will be posted under Schedule.
• The two lowest scores will be dropped.
• There are no make-ups for quizzes.

Final project

• General topic - statistics
• The final project consists of a take-home portion and an in-class portion.
• The in-class portion is given during our final time: Tuesday, May 2, 8-10am

### GRADING

Point totals of individual assessments will vary and so all will be scaled to 100 points. All grades will be recorded in BlackBoard.

As seen below, your grade is an weighted average.

The course grade will be distributed as follows:

 Online Homework 20% Written Homework 20% Discussion worksheets 20% In-class quizzes 20% Final project 20%

A final grade will be given based on a standard scale:

 90% - 100% A 80%-89% B 70%-79% C 60%-69% D below 60% F

### MAKE-UP AND LATENESS POLICY

• There will be no make-ups for quizzes or discussion worksheets.
• Late homework will not be accepted.

### TUTORING

Free tutoring is available at the Mathematical Sciences Learning Center, located in SEO 430.

• Laptops are available for check out.
• Open Monday through Friday 8am-6pm.

Tutoring at the Daley Library by the math librarian, David Dror.

• Go to the reference desk.
• Thursdays 5-7 pm.

### ACADEMIC INTEGRITY POLICY

As an academic community, UIC is committed to providing an environment in which research, learning, and scholarship can flourish and in which all endeavors are guided by academic and professional integrity. All members of the campus community - students, staff, faculty, and administrators - share the responsibility of insuring that these standards are upheld so that such an environment exists. Instances of academic misconduct by students will be handled pursuant to the Student Disciplinary Policy: Student Disciplinary Policy.

### ACADEMIC DEADLINES

Current academic calendar and the list of deadlines can be found here.

### DISABILITY POLICY

Students with disabilities who require special accommodations for access and participation in this course must be registered with the Office of Disability Services (ODS). Students who need exam accommodations must contact ODS in the first week of the term to arrange a meeting with a Disability Specialist.

Please contact ODS at 312/413-2183 (voice) or 312/413-0123 (TTY)

### RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS

Students who wish to observe their religious holidays shall notify the faculty member by the tenth day of the semester of the date when they will be absent unless the religious holiday is observed on or before the tenth day of the semester. In such cases, the student shall notify the faculty member at least five days in advance of the date when he/she will be absent. The faculty member shall make every reasonable effort to honor the request, not penalize the student for missing the class, and if an examination or project is due during the absence, give the student an exam or assignment equivalent to the one completed by those students in attendance. If the student feels aggrieved, he/she may request remedy through the campus grievance procedure. Access the religious holiday calendar.

### GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES

UIC is committed to the most fundamental principles of academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity involving students and employees. Freedom from discrimination is a foundation for all decision making at UIC. Students are encouraged to study the University's "Nondiscrimination Statement". Students are also urged to read the document "Public Formal Grievance Procedures". Information on these policies and procedures is available on the University web pages of the Office of Access and Equity.