(updated 10/31/01)

**Instructor**. Eric Hsu (erichsu@math.sfsu.edu), 932
Thornton Hall, 415-338-1104

*Office Hours*. Tu 12:15-1:15, 3:30-4:30(open); Th 10:00-11:00.

**Class Home Page**. http://math.sfsu.edu/hsu/165.html.
Announcements, homework assignments, test
schedules, grades and this syllabus are all posted here.

**Course Objectives**.

- Learn and explore the number strand for the elementary curriculum.
- 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. There will be handouts in class.

**Teaching Style and Attendance**. About two-thirds of the time will be
spent on activities in small groups. The other third will be lecture and
discussion. Because of the emphasis on in-class activity, attendance is
mandatory. Missing class without prior notice will cause damage to your
academic experience, your grade, and may cause you to be dropped from the
class roster.

**Earning Points and Grades**.
There are a number of ways to earn points in the course:

- Midterm (15%)
- Final Exam (15%)
- 10 best Homework grades (50%)
- Projects (20%)

**Homework**. Assignments will be given out on Thursdays
and are due the next Thursday at the start of class. No late
homework will accepted in any case. You are allowed and encouraged to work
on the homework in groups, but you must write up the solutions in your own
words or it will be considered cheating.

**Tests**. There will be one midterm and a comprehensive final exam.
No makeups will be given without prior permission.

**Projects**.Your project will be an investigation of some topic in
mathematics. You will put together a learning station for your classmates.
That is, you will bring to class an activity that can be put on a table and
that will describe an activity for your classmates. You should not have to
be present for your classmates to do the activity. They should learn some
mathematics from doing the activity.

You are encouraged to work with one or two other people on your project. You will all receive the same grade, unless the whole group feels that is unfair. You can get ideas by looking through the math materials in the Cahill Learning Laboratory in Burk Hall 319. It is open from 1-6 Mondays through Thursdays and 1-5 on Fridays.

It is not sufficient to set up something that will merely tell some definitions or will drill people on facts or procedures. Your project MUST engage users in thinking. In grading your project I will consider:

- How much math is involved and how deeply you thought about it.
- Originality
- Presentation

**Religious Holidays**. I will make reasonable accommodations for you to
observe religious holidays when such observances require you to be absent
from class activities. It is your responsibility to inform me during the
first two weeks of the class each semester, in writing, about such
holidays.