MATH 435 - Math in the City

  Syllabus - Fall 2011


Grad Teaching Asst

Ananthnarayan Hariharan

Lauren Keough
Office: Avery Hall 309

Avery Hall 232
Phone: 472-3549
Office Hours: 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 Course:
This 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 Certification:
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.

Your final grade will be computed based on the following scheme.
20% Homeworks
30% Project participation (documented through student journals, communication with team and instructors, participation in special sessions)
35% Project (memos, intermediate drafts, final report)
15% 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 equally.

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.

Important dates:

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.

Academic dishonesty: Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated and will result in a failing grade in the course.

Departmental 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 committee.

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.

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