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FUNDAMENTALS OF MATHEMATICS Spring 2006

INSTRUCTOR: M K PANAHI

OFFICE: MC 2.404

E-MAIL: mpanahi@utdallas.edu

TELEPHONE: 972-883-6732
TEXT: Prealgebra&Introductory Algebra by K.Elayn Martin-Gay
ROOM NUMBER: MC 2.408
SECTION: 002 DMTH-0V93
TIME: 9:30 A.M. -10:45 A.M.
Days: TR
COURSE OBJECTIVE: To develop a further understanding of the process of learning mathematics, and
to continue to build the fundamentals of algebra necessary for a foundation of future courses or utilization
in a career or other endeavors.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is a course in introductory Algebra, which includes topics such as
operations on real numbers, polynomials, special products, and factoring, rational expressions, linear equations
and inequalities, geometry. Also covered are graphs, systems of linear equations and inequalities. COURSE
GRADING METHOD: Your course grade will be determined as follow: Four tests (70% of the total grade)
and a comprehensive final test (30%of the total grade). No make up exams, missed test is a grade zero.
DROP PROCEDURE: If you are considering dropping this class, please discuss it with a counselor or me.
Often there are other alternatives. We want to help you explore all the alternatives before you drop the
course.THEA: If you are required to be enrolled in this course for THEA remediation based on your score
on the THEA test, you will NOT be allowed to drop the course. If you are required to be enrolled in this
course to satisfy the THEA requirement for remediation, you are required to attend and participate in this
class. If you have absences or a participation problem, the instructor will refer you to the THEA
coordinator to discuss the absence or participation problem. If you have unexcused absences, you
can be administratively withdrawn from this class and all college level classes with
no refund. PLEASE REMEMBER TO SIGN THEA CONTRACT WITH ME.
ABSENCES: You are expected to attend every class meeting. Problems will be assigned on a regular
basis. Answers to most of these problems are given at the back of the textbook. Complete solutions to many
of these problems may be found in the solution manual, which may be available in the bookstore .you,
should work several problems of each type, and working more than the class assignments is strongly
encouraged. Do not use the solutions until you have exhausted all possibilities (including asking the tutors
and the instructor). My classes have an attendance policy, which can affect your course grade. You may
receive help overall from tutors in the Math Lab (MC 2.412) or by viewing a videotape in the Math Lab.
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL MATERIALS YOU MISSED WHEN ABSENT. Regular,
punctual attendance is expected. Absences, which exceed two times the course’s credit hours, will be
considered excessive and can affect your final grade.
TARDIES: Tardies are strongly discouraged. It is; however, better to come late than not at all, as long as
it is not a habit. If you anticipate a particular problem, please discuss it with me before or after class. More
than 5 minutes late counts as an absence and leaving class early counts as an absence.
EVALUATION:
A = 90 to 100
B = 80 to 89
C = 70 to 79
D = 60 to 69
F below 60
TEST DATES WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN CLASS AND THE FINAL IS AS IN THE CLASS
SCHEDULE.
GENERAL POLICIES
FOOD AND BEVERAGES ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE CLASSROM.TO MINIMIZE
DISRUPTIONS DURING THE CLASS MAKE SURE THAT PAGERS AND CELLULAR
PHONES ARE TURNED OFFBEFORE THE LECTURE BEGINS.BE CONSIDERATE OF
OTHERS IN THE CLASS BY NOT ARRIVING LATE NOR LEAVING EARLY AND ALSO BY
REFRAINING FROMTALKING DURING LECTURE OR WHILE SOMEONE ELSE IN THE
CLASS IS SPEAKING .IF YOU MUST LEAVE EARLY NOTIFY ME BEFORE THE LECTURE
BEGINS.ACADEMIC DISHONESTY IS NOT ACCEPTABLE IN AN ACADEMIC
COMMUNITY.NO CREDIT WILL BE GIVEN FOR PLAGIARIZED WORK. ACADEMIC
DISHONESTY WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.STUDENTS ARE REQUIERED TO INFORM THE
LECTURER OF SUSPECTED HONOR CODE VIOLATIONS.
MATH LAB: Math lab is available to students and you are encouraged to use it .The hours of
operations are M-R 10AM -8 PM F &S 10AM-2 PM OR YOU CAN CALL FOR APPOINTMENTS
972-883-6707
Scholastic Dishonesty
The following is from the University of Texas at Dallas Handbook of Operating Procedures (Title V:
Student Discipline and Conduct).
SECTION 49.36 SCHOLASTIC DISHONESTY
The university expects all students to maintain a high level of responsibility with respect to
academic honesty. Because the value of an academic degree depends on the absolute integrity of
the work done by the student for that degree, it is imperative that a student maintain a high
standard of individual honor in his or her scholastic work.
(b) The dean may initiate disciplinary proceedings under Subchapter C against a student accused
of scholastic dishonesty upon complaint by a faculty member or a student.
(c) Scholastic dishonesty is the submission as one's own work of material that is not one's own.
As a general rule, it includes, but is not limited to, one of the following acts: cheating, plagiarism,
and/or collusion.
(d) Cheating includes, but is not limited to
(1) copying from another student's test paper, laboratory report, other report, or computer files,
data listings, and/or programs or engaging in conduct that facilitates such conduct by another
student.
(2) using during a test, materials not authorized by the person giving the test;
(3) failing to comply with instructions given by the person administering the test which would
include, but not be limited to, time restrictions, use of blue book, seating arrangements;
(4) collaborating with or seeking aid from or giving aid to another student during a test;
(5) knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing, transporting, or soliciting in whole or in part the
contents of an unadministered test, test key, homework solutions, or computer program;
(6) substituting for another student, or permitting another person to substitute for oneself, to
take a test;
(7) soliciting another person to obtain an unadministered test or information about an
unadministered test;
(8) discussing the contents of an examination with another student who will take the
examination;
(9) possession during a test of materials that are not authorized by the person giving the test,
such as class notes or specifically designed "crib notes." The presence of textbooks constitutes a
violation only if they have been specifically prohibited by the person administering the test.
(10) Submission of substantial portions of the same academic work for credit (including oral
reports) more than once without written authorization from the instructor.
(e) Plagiarism means the appropriation, buying, receiving as a gift, or obtaining by any means
another's work and the submission or incorporation of that work in one's own written work
offered for credit without appropriate attribution.
(f) Collusion means the unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing academic
assignments offered for credit.
(g) Falsifying academic records means the altering of grades or other falsification (statements,
acts or omissions) of academic records including but not limited to the application for admission,
grade reports, test papers, registration materials, and reporting forms used by the registrar's office
or other university offices.
(h) Falsifying data or experiments includes, but is not limited to, the submission of false findings
and/or the citation of false references in research or other assignments submitted for credit and/or
for the awarding of a degree. In other words, these are some examples of scholastic
dishonesty:

• Copying graded homework

• Working together on a take home test or homework when specifically


prohibited by the professor

• Looking at another student's paper during an exam

• Looking at your notes when prohibited

• Taking an exam out of the classroom when prohibited

• Giving your work to another to be copied

• Giving someone answers to exam questions during the exam

• After taking an exam, informing a person of questions that appeared on


the exam

• Giving or selling a term paper or class work to another student

• Copying homework answers form your text and handing them in for a
grade

• Quoting text or other works on an exam, term paper or homework without


citing the source

• Handing in a paper purchased from a term paper service or from the


Internet

• Handing in another's paper as your own

• Taking a paper from an organization's files and handing it in as your own

• Passing information from an earlier class to a later class

• Having someone take your test for you

• Changing a graded paper and requesting it be regarded

• Transferring a computer file from one person's account to another


You must read the material at
http://www.utdallas.edu/student/slife/scholastic.html
HELPFUL RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS
1. A variety of resources for the graphing calculator exist at www.ti.com. There are activities,
manuals, professional development listing, discussions groups, programs and more.
2. http://www.sosmath.com/wwwsites.html
3. http://www.math2.org/index.html
4. http://www.math.montana.edu/frankw/ccp/calculus/topic.htm#series.
http://www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/Curves/Curves.html

http://www.sisweb.com/math/tables.htm

http://www.geocities.com/CapCanaveral/Launchpad/2426

http://www.Ecalculus.org
/
http://www.math.temple.edu/~cow/

http://archives.math.utk.calculus/141toc.html

http://archives.mathutk.edu/visual.calculus/index.html