MATH 435 - Math in the City
|Grad Teaching Asst
||Avery Hall 309
|Avery Hall 232
||12:30 - 1:20pm MWF, or by appointment
|2:30-3:30pm M, 8:30-9:20pm W, 9:30-10:20am Th
Course Meeting Times: 11:30 am - 12:20pm MWF in
Burnett Hall Room 232.
General Information about the
is a modeling course offered to math and non-math majors and it is
run in collaboration with local businesses, research or
administrative centers in town. The mathematical content of the
course is diverse. The difficulty of the topics will be perceived
differently by students; each of you will discover that it depends a
lot on your background, the way you think and communicate in
mathematics. The discussions will be more beneficial if you keep up
with the project on a regular basis. Do not hesitate to ask
questions in or outside the class whenever in doubt about an
argument, notation, etc. At the end of this course a successful
student will not only have performed very well on the tasks during
the semester, but s/he will be able to approach other real life
problems that involve mathematics with more confidence.
This semester we will collaborate with Sherry Wolf (Finance
Department) and Melinda Jones (City Treasurer), City of Lincoln,
who will provide us data and additional support. You can find more
information about city financial operations in Lincoln here.
ACE Outcome 10: This course satisfies ACE Outcome 10. The
outcome objectives will be demonstrated by a written report, an oral
presentation, group meetings, and assignments or quizzes. The
lectures and group meetings will provide the skills necessary for
these assignments. Anonymous copies of your group written project
and a sampling of journal entries will be kept as
examples of the scholarly product that requires broad knowledge,
appropriate technical proficiency, information collection,
synthesis, interpretation, presentation, and reflection.
final grade will be computed based on the following scheme.
||Project participation (documented through student
journals, communication with team and instructors,
participation in special sessions)
||Project (memos, intermediate drafts, final report)
||Performance during oral presentation (understanding of the
work, communication skills, quality of the slides)
Homework: The homework will be announced in class and
posted on Blackboard. Homework is a major part of the
learning process in mathematics, and it is essential that
students work out their own problems. You are encouraged to
discuss the problems with your colleagues, but you have to write
your own solutions.
Memos: Students will be required to write periodical
memos or updates to summarize the work they have done on the
project, to present the issues they have encountered, and sketch
the direction for future work.
Journals: After each lecture the students will record in
their journals (electronic files that they will continuously
update) comments and reflections about the material they have
encountered, questions they may have, and different ideas related
to the project.
Guidelines for grading the report:
All participants in a group project will receive the same grade, so
it is important that each person in the group participates fully and
- mathematical content - presentation of the methods used,
setting up the model, correct formulas and arguments, complete
- aesthetic aspect (use of graphs, diagrams, colors) and
- present the novelty and the significance of the work (any
research that was done on the subject, new methods, programming
skills that you learned while working on the project, emphasize
the importance of the work).
- Each project should have 3 parts. The Introduction will
contain a project description, an outline of the methods used,
and the significance of the work. In the Main Body you will
include the work: a set-up of the problem, the hypothesis, the
arguments, and the steps taken to solve the problem. The
conclusions will contain the final results and their
Workshop: At the end
of the semester, the students will present their work on the project
during the miniconference scheduled for December 2-3, 2011.
Students with Disabilities: Students with
disabilities are encouraged to contact the instructor for a
confidential discussion of their individual needs for academic
accommodation. It is the policy of the University of Nebraska
Lincoln to provide flexible and individualized accommodation to
students with documented disabilities that may affect their ability
to fully participate in course activities or to meet course
requirements. To receive accommodation services, students must be
registered with the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD)
office, 132 Canfield Administration, 472-3787 voice or TTY.
- Collaborators visit to the
class: Friday, 26th August 2011, 11:30 am - 12:20 pm,
232 Burnett Hall.
- Collaborators visit to the
class: Wednesday, 31st August 2011, 11:30 am - 12:20
pm, 232 Burnett Hall.
- Sage Demonstration:
Wednesday, 28th September 2011, 11:30 - 12:20, 12 Avery Hall.
- Writing Guidelines:
Monday, 24th October 2011, 11:30 - 12:20, 232 Burnett Hall.
- Visiting the Collaborators:
Wednesday, 26th October, 11:00 - 12:30, City Hall.
- Final Presentation and
Workshop: Friday, 2nd December and Saturday, 3rd
December 2011,Venue TBA. Time:
- Group 3 - 11:30 - 12:30, Friday, December 2nd 2011.
- Group 1 - 1:30 - 2:30, Friday, December 2nd 2011.
- Group 2 - 2:30 - 3:30, Friday, December 2nd 2011.
- Evaluations (all students) - 3:30 - 4:30, Friday, December
Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated and will result in a
failing grade in the course.
Grading Appeals Policy: Students who believe their
academic evaluation has been prejudiced or capricious have recourse
for appeals to (in order) the instructor, the departmental chair,
the departmental appeals committee and the college appeals
Disclaimer: The instructor reserves the right to modify the
schedules and procedures announced in this syllabus. Any such
changes will be announced in the class. It is the responsibility
of the student to keep informed of such things.