MAT 143 Problem Solving in Mathematics

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Revised Course Description

Objective is to increase students' abilities to use knowledge and experience when encountering new and unexpected situations. Develop higher level thinking skills, learn to formulate, analyze, and model problems. Choosing relevant information, making conjectures, devising plans and testing solutions. Intended primarily for prospective mathematics teachers.

MAT 143 meets for three hours of lecture per week.

Prerequisites

Fulfillment of the ELM requirement.

Objectives

After completing MAT 143 students will

Expected outcomes

Students should be able to demonstrate through written assignments, tests, projects, papers, presentations, portfolio of total work for the semester, and/or scheduled examinations that they have achieved the objectives of MAT 143.

Method of Evaluating Outcomes

Evaluations are based on problem solving performance tasks, homework, projects, papers, class presentations, short tests, portfolio of total work for the semester, and/or scheduled examinations covering students' understanding of topics covered in MAT 143.

Text

Thinking Mathematically, by John Mason, Leone Burton, and Kaye Stacey. Addison-Wesley, 1985.

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Grading Policy

Students' grades may be based on problem solving performance, homework, projects, papers, class presentations, short tests, portfolio of total work for the semester, and/or scheduled examinations that test students' understanding of the topics covered in the course (see "Method of evaluating outcomes"). The instructor determines the weight of each of these factors in the final grade.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance policy is set by the instructor.

Policy on Due Dates and Make-Up Work

Due dates and policy regarding make-up work are set by the instructor.

Schedule of Examinations

The instructor sets all test dates except the date of the final exam. The final exam is given at the date and time announced in the Schedule of Classes.

Academic Integrity

The mathematics department does not tolerate cheating. Students who have questions or concerns about academic integrity should ask their professors or the counselors in the Student Development Office, or refer to the University Catalog for more information. (Look in the index under "academic integrity".)

Accomodations for Students with Disabilities

Cal State Dominguez Hills adheres to all applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations for students with temporary and permanent disabilities. If you have a disability that may adversely affect your work in this class, I encourage you to register with Disabled Student Services (DSS) and to talk with me about how I can best help you. All disclosures of disabilities will be kept strictly confidential. Please note: no accommodation may be made until you register with the DSS in WH B250. For information call (310) 243-3660 or to use telecommunications Device for the Deaf, call (310) 243-2028.


Revision history:

Prepared by J. Wilkins 2/17/00. Revised 7/7/01, 7/25/06 (G. Jennings)