MATH 230--Finite Mathematics,
- 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
- 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.
- 1. Mathematics
for Elementary Teachers 4th edition by Sybilla Beckmann
- 2. Finite Mathematics by Costenoble &
Akos Magyar, Phone:822-3045, Email:
hours: Math 229E, M-W-F 12-1pm
Mathematics 203, M-W-F 10-11am
- TA: Shen-Ning Tun, Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org, Office hours: M: 14:00~15:00, F: 15:30~17:30 at LSK
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
Course Grades: The course grade will
be based on four components
Assignments listed below are due
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.
1: Textbook 1.
The Base-10 system: addition/subtraction/multiplication
Reading: 1.1-1.2, 3.2-3.3, 4.6
Homework Assignment 1
Due: Sept. 20th
Week 2: Basic
Arithmetic: division and fractions
Reading: 2.1-2.3, 3.4, 5.1, 6.2-6.3
Due: Sept. 27th
3: Long division, number theory
Reading: 6.4, 8.1-8.2
Due: Oct. 4th
4: Number theory
Due: Oct. 11th
5-6: Textbook 2.
Sets and Counting
Homework Problems: NO Homework Assignment this
Week 7: Review, Midterm: Wed., Oct. 23rd
Homework Assignment 5 Due:
Week 9-10: Probability
Reading: 7.1-7.3, 7.4, 7.5
Homework Assignment 6 Due:
HW 6 - Solutions
Week 11: Projects
Week 12: Projects
Week 13: Projects, Review