MATH 230--Finite Mathematics, 2013 Fall

• The Final Exam will be comprehensive, however the second half of the course will be emphasized. There will be 2-3 problems from the first half of the course, from sections 2.1-2.3, 3.4, 6.2-6.4 and 8.1-8.6. Please review all the examples we did on class and also Sample Solutions from Textbook I. There will be 4-5 problems from the second part of the material, counting and probability. Here are a large collection of Practice Problems from textbook 2. Here are some Sample Solutions!

•  I will go over some of them, but please work on them in the meantime and ask about the solution of any specific problem during the review.
• The solutions for homework assignments 5 and 6 are uploaded, you can find them next to the problem sets.
• Projects: As mentioned you will be asked to prepare short 5-8 minute power point presentations on 8-16 slides, which will be presented during the last two weeks of the classes. They should discuss a mathematical concept, or an argument, or some topic with a mathematical concept. You can form groups 2-3 to work on a presentation or it also can be done individually. I strongly suggest to try out the presentation among yourself first to measure if you can do it within the given time frame.
• They will be evaluated according to the clarity of presentation, visual attractiveness, and the content. The aim is to provide a short, fun, but clear introduction to a topic related to mathematics.
• The Marking Scheme for the Midterm is uploaded here! I would like to review the marks for the Midterm (the initial marking seems to "harsh") according to this scheme so please bring back your midterms  next class. I will hand them back to you in a few days. In addition I's like to review past Homework assignments as well.
• A Practice Midterm is uploaded here. It is similar to the Midterm on Oct. 23rd. The solutions will be discussed Monday Oct 21st.
• Here are Sample Solutions from the Textbook. Also brief sketch of solutions of the Homework assignments by the TA are uploaded here.

•  Textbooks:
• 1. Mathematics for Elementary Teachers 4th edition by Sybilla Beckmann
• 2. Finite Mathematics by Costenoble & Waner
• Instructor:  Akos Magyar,  Phone:822-3045,  Email: magyar@math.ubc.ca
• Office hours: Math 229E, M-W-F 12-1pm
• Lectures: Mathematics 203, M-W-F 10-11am
• TA:  Shen-Ning Tun,  Email: e41406@gmail.com, Office hours: M: 14:00~15:00, F: 15:30~17:30 at LSK 301

COURSE DESCRIPTION

In the first part of the course we will review very elementary mathematics using Textbook 1. Then we will learn about basic concepts and methods of finite mathematics, such as counting principles and calculating probabilities using Textbook 2. The last two weeks will be devoted to short power point presentations called projects. These can be done alone or in groups of 2-3, the aim is to introduce/explain a mathematical concept or argument. I will provide a list of possible topics, supplementary texts and examples later.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

• To develop a deep understanding of mathematical concepts taught in elementary and middle schools.
• To learn about basic concepts of finite mathematics, such as counting and probability. To apply them to analyze situations and solve problems.

Homework: Homework will be assigned each Friday and will be due one week later at the beginning of the class. To receive full credit you have to write your solution effectively, which in mathematics means, directly, simply and logically. You are encouraged to discuss the problems with other students however the work you submit must be your own. Late homework will not be accepted unless there is a serious reason.

Midterms: There will be one in-class Midterm scheduled on Wednesday, October 23rd.

Final: At the end of the semester there will be a comprehensive Final Exam.

Homework             20%
Project                    10%
Midterm                  20%
Final                        50%

Homework Assignments

Problem Assignments listed below are due each week at the beginning of the Friday class. Some (but may not all) of the problems handed-in will be marked and handed back. You have to show all the work in order to get full credit. No late Homeworks are accepted unless for serious documented reason.

Week 1: Textbook 1. The Base-10 system: addition/subtraction/multiplication algorithms.

Homework Assignment 1  Due: Sept. 20th

Week 2: Basic Arithmetic: division and fractions

Due: Sept. 27th

Week 3: Long division, number theory

Due: Oct. 4th

Week 4: Number theory

Due:  Oct. 11th

Week 5-6: Textbook 2. Sets and Counting

Homework Problems:  NO Homework Assignment this week.

Week 7: Review, Midterm: Wed., Oct. 23rd

Week 8: Counting: Permutations and Combinations

Homework Assignment 5  Due: Nov. 8th

Week 9-10:
Probability

Homework Assignment 6  Due: Nov. 25th

HW 6 - Solutions

Week 11: Projects