MATH 36 - Insights Into Mathematics


                     Spring Semester 2014



General Information



Mrs. Pat Schulte


104 McAllister

Office Phone:

(814) 865-7528


Office Hours:

Tuesdays 11:00AM - Noon, Wednesdays 11:00AM - Noon


Otherwise by appointment


Excursions in Modern Mathematics, Sixth Edition, by Peter Tannenbaum

Web Site:


One unit of algebra or MATH 004

Course Format:

There are three 50-minute lectures each week.  The sections covered in these lectures are listed under


Lecture Schedule and Assignments on the web page


A list of suggested homework problems appears on the Lecture Schedule and Assignments web page and at the end of this syllabus. You may choose to do either the problems assigned from the book or the homework assignment or both.  13 homework assignments will be collected and 10 will count towrds the Homework grade.  The purpose of doing homework is to better understand the material discussed in the lectures and to prepare oneself for quizzes and exams.


Quizzes will be announced prior to being given in class and will not last the entire class period. Some quizzes may be given as take home quizzes rather than in class quizzes. The purpose of quizzes is to help you keep current with the course content and to allow you to assess your knowledge of several concepts being presented in the course.  You will be graded for accuracy, clear writing and clear explanations to support your work.  The scores for Quizzes represent 90 points of the grade for the course.


Three in-class examinations will be given.  The dates of these exams are contained in the Lecture Schedule and Assignments  web page and at the end of the syllabus.  If you miss an exam without an official excuse (such as illness or official university business), then you will be allowed to take a makeup exam, but with an automatic 20% deduction from the grade.  To avoid this deduction, you must notify me with your official excuse before the date and time of the exam.  This notification may be performed in person, via e-mail or by telephone.  Each exam represents 100 points of the grade for the course.

The final examination in the course will be comprehensive. It will be given during the university's final examination week May 5 - 9, 2014.  Individualized final exam schedules for students and faculty will be available on eLion under "Final Exam Schedule" Monday, February 17, 2014. Do not make plans to leave the university before the end of final examination week. Travel plans do not constitute an official excuse for missing an examination or for obtaining a conflict or makeup examination. A 20% deduction will be enforced in the event that a student's travel plans conflict with the university's designated final examination period for this course.  The final examination represents 100 points of the grade in the course.




Points Final Grade
465 - 500


450 - 464


Graded Event


435 - 449


Exam 1


415 - 434


Exam 2


400 - 414


Exam 3


385 - 399




350 - 384




300 - 349


Final Exam


0 - 299 F



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