MATH 165

Concepts of the Number System

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Fall 2012

Lecture | MWF 2:10-3:00 BH 151 |

Instructor | Dr. Matthias Beck |

Office | Thornton Hall 933 |

Office hours | Mondays 10-11, Wednesdays 9-10, Fridays 11-12 & by appointment |

**Course objectives.**

- Help you learn and explore the number strand for the elementary curriculum.
- Help you communicate with others about mathematics.
- Help you see math as interesting and relevant.
- Help you see yourself as capable of learning mathematics and solving mathematical problems on your own.
- Introduce you to materials to teach content in the number strand to elementary school students.
- Convince you that math is not a bunch of formulas to be memorized but problems to solve and patterns to find.

**Textbook.** None.

**Homework.**
I will assign homework problems as we go through the material. We can discuss the homework problems at any time during class. The homework problems will be due before the Wednesday class of the following week.
You may hand them in early to be able to correct your mistakes. Although you may (and should) work together with your class mates, the solutions you hand in have to be your own.

**Grading system.**

Homework | 40% |

Midterm (October 12) | 20% |

Term paper | 20% |

Final Exam (December 19, 1:30 p.m.) | 20% |

I want to ensure that each of you accomplishes the goals of this course as comfortably and successfully as possible. At any time you feel overwhelmed or lost, please come and talk with me.

**The math.**
The way to *learn* math is through *doing* math.
It is vital and expected that you attend every lecture. You will get
a good feel for the math from there, but it is even more crucial that you do the
homework. Working in groups is not only allowed but strongly recommended.
The iLearn system allows you to send emails to anybody in your class.
While I strongly encourage you to work together, the solutions and writing projects you hand in have to be your own.
Our iLearn course site also features an online discussion board.

**Fine print.**

SFSU academic calender

BS rule

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

Tutoring

CR/NCR grading

Incomplete grades

Late and retroactive withdrawals

Students with disabilities

Religious holidays

This syllabus is subject to change. All assignments, as well as other announcements on tests, policies, etc., are given in class. If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to find out what's going on. I will try to keep this course web page as updated as possible, however, the most recent information will always be given in class. Always ask lots of questions in class; my courses are interactive. You are always encouraged to see me in my office.