Georgia Perimeter College – Clarkston Campus
Math 2008 – Foundations of Numbers and Operations
Fall Semester 2010 Syllabus

Section 120 – CRN: 23131 (TR): 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.; Room: CH-3140

Credit Hours: 3
Instructor: Dr. John Weber
Office: CH-3266
Office Phone: 678.891.3693
Mathematics Department Phone: 678.891.3710
First Day of Class: 16 August 2010
Midpoint of Semester: 11 October 2010
Last day of Classes: 3 December 2010

Office Hours:

Please note that this syllabus provides a general outline for the semester; changes or adaptations may be required.

I encourage you to take advantage of office hours. Often there is not sufficient time in class to ensure that every student understands the material presented. Clearing up a small problem early will often avoid much confusion later on. Please do not hesitate to contact me for assistance. If office hours are not convenient for you, please email or call me. I am often able to answer questions over the phone and it is no inconvenience to me. I would like to help you pass this course, but I cannot help if you do not ask.

A significant time commitment on your part is necessary in order to be successful in this course. I encourage you to form 'study groups'. These groups can help you understand the homework assignments and to prepare for tests. Further assistance can be obtained from the Learning and Tutoring Center (see for hours of operation), located in CB-1207, which offers free tutoring.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of any collegiate level mathematics course.

Text (Required): Billstein, Libeskind, & Lott. (2010). A Problem Solving Approach to Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers, 10th Ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall with MyStatLab/MyMathLab Code ("blue" access code ONLY).

Other Materials: TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculator (Required).

Course Description: This course is an Area F introductory mathematics course for early childhood education majors. This course will emphasize the understanding and use of the major concepts of numbers and operations. As a general theme, strategies of problem solving will be used and discussed in the context of various topics.

Course Evaluation: Tests, exams, quizzes, assignments and the final grade of the course will be calculated as follows:

Type Number Points Total Points
Tests* 4 100 300
Quizzes** 25 5 100
'B' Assignments 8 5 40
'Mathematical Connections' Assignments 8 5 40
Projects 6 5 30
Cumulative Final Exam*** 1 130 130
TOTAL     640

*Note: The lowest test score will be dropped only if it results in a higher final grade.
**Note: The five lowest quiz grades will be dropped. Quizzes will cover material from the previous 1-2 classes.
***Note: The Final Exam grade will be worth either 20% (i.e., 120 points) or 33% of overall grade whichever results in a higher final grade.

Grading Scales:

Grade Percentage Points
A 90% - 100% 573 - 640
B 80% - 90% 509 - 574
C 70% - 80% 445 - 508
D 60% - 70% 381 - 444
F below 60% below 381

Tentative Test Dates:

7 September
28 September
28 October
23 November

Final Exam Dates:

Section 120: Thursday, 9 December 2010, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Assignments and Projects:
You should read the appropriate section of your text prior to class. Homework assignments are DUE by noon on test day unless instructed otherwise. Late homework assignments will NOT be accepted.

Daily Schedule and Assignments

Make-up Work:
You are responsible for all work. If you are absent on any particular day, you will need to obtain any notes from a classmate.

Missed Test/Quiz Policy:
Make-up tests will NOT be given for ANY reason. The first missed test will be your drop test. The second missed test will be given a grade of zero. Any other missed test will be given a grade of zero. No make-up quizzes will be given for ANY reason.

Pandemic Policy & Procedure:

In compliance with Centers for Disease Control recommendations, students should NOT attend class or any public gatherings while ill with influenza. Students with flu symptoms should NOT come to campus and should remain at home during recovery. The illness and self-isolation period will usually be about a week. It is very important that individuals avoid spreading the flu to others. The most effective strategies for avoiding the flu are hand-washing along with cough and cold etiquette procedures.

Students with the flu do not need to provide a physician's certification of illness. However, ill students should inform their instructor within 24 hours by submitting the GPC Illness Notification Form at This notification system will e-mail all of your instructors that you are absent due to the flu or flu-like symptoms. Instructors should also be e-mailed your anticipated return date as soon as this can be estimated.

Students who are absent because of illness will be given a reasonable opportunity to make up missed work. The opportunity to complete all assignments and exams supports the college's desire to enable students to make responsible situational decisions, including the decision to avoid spreading a contagious virus to other students, staff, and faculty, without endangering their academic work. Keep in mind, five quizzes and the first test will be dropped from your grade. You may make up a test or quiz ONLY IF you already used your drop test/quizzes options.

In order to reduce the effect of the absence, the student should try to keep up with the course material and homework as outlined in the syllabus. Specific questions can be e-mailed to the instructor. The specifics of making up missed work will be handled on an individual basis based on the length of absence and time of the semester. A general guideline is for students to make up all work within two weeks of returning. If you prefer, you can list your own specific details about make up work and deadlines.

In the event that this course is no longer able to meet face-to-face for a period of time because of a wide-spread health emergency, students should continue to stay current with our schedule as posted in this syllabus. During this time, students will only be responsible for the material in the textbook (or posted on iCollege) and not for any additional material that would only have been presented in class. If there is an exam scheduled during this period of time when face-to-face meetings are suspended, notification of adjustment will be posted on iCollege. Information about the status of assignments and other course work due during this period will be addressed on the course iCollege site and by way of iCollege email. This same notification system will also be used to announce any changes to the currently expected course of action. For additional resources, here is a link to the GPC libraries page:

Behavior Policy:
You are expected to demonstrate generally accepted classroom behavior. The Student Handbook gives a detailed description of acceptable behaviors. You are expected to know and follow these guidelines.

Attendance Policy:
Student's academic success is the major priority of the College. Because regular participation enhances the learning process, students are expected to adhere to the attendance policy set forth by the College and individual faculty members. Differences in content and teaching styles exist among courses, which can impact students' learning. Therefore, students are strongly encouraged to attend all classes to better prepare them for assignments, tests, and other course-related activities. Students are accountable for assignments and material covered during an absence

Attendance will be taken at each class meeting. The instructor will NOT withdraw you from this class, regardless of the circumstance. To receive a W you must withdraw on or before the midterm date.

Students are expected to withdraw themselves if they feel they cannot complete the course. Withdrawal forms are available in the Registrar's Office. Withdrawals must be completed before the above stated midpoint date to receive a grade of "W" from the class.

Expected Educational Results:
As a result of completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand numbers, ways of representing numbers, relationships among numbers, and number systems;
  2. Understand meanings of operations and how they relate to one another;
  3. Compute fluently and make reasonable estimates;
  4. Apply multiple problem solving strategies and understand how approaches to solutions relate to one another;
  5. Use Venn diagrams to illustrate the set operations union, intersection, and complement;
  6. Represent and interpret functions verbally, numerically, graphically and symbolically;
  7. Distinguish between deductive and inductive reasoning and valid and invalid arguments;
  8. Understand the role of place value and notation in various numeration systems;
  9. Use mental arithmetic to perform basic calculations;
  10. Use tests for divisibility and determine prime factorization, GCF and LCM;
  11. Use integers and rational numbers to demonstrate concepts of order and equivalence;
  12. Use rational and irrational numbers in problem-solving settings.

Cheating Policy:
All student work must be that of the student submitting the work unless otherwise noted. Projects completed with partners or as small groups should be so noted with all names indicated on the papers. No phones, PDAs, notecards, notes, texts, or other outside assistance during tests or quiizes. According to college policy, you may NOT share calculators during a test or quiz. The giving or receiving of help from notes or another person during exams or tests may result in a grade of zero for this work and/or a grade of "F" in the course, and/or referral to the campus disciplinary committee for penalty, which may include suspension for the College. See the Mathematics Department Academic Honesty policy below.

Academic Honesty Policy
As a community committed to learning, Georgia Perimeter College recognizes and specifies that students, whether working as individuals or in a group, shall always present to the instructor their own work for an honest grade assessment. Academic Honesty Procedures have been established by Georgia Perimeter College to insure due process in cases of cheating. A copy of procedures is in the Student Handbook. Cheating of any kind may result in a penalty ranging from a grade of zero for the work in question to a grade of "F" in the course AND will be referred to the College Court for assignment of penalty that may include suspension from the College. Referral to the College Court is required whether the student admits or denies the violation. Unless specifically authorized by the instructor, the following are examples of cheating. This is not an exhaustive list.

  1. On a test or quiz:
    1. Looking at or copying from another student's work.
    2. Allowing another student to look at or copy your work.
    3. Having a copy of the test before actually taking the test.
    4. Sharing a calculator.
    5. Communicating with anyone except the student's instructor using any form of communication including all forms of electronic communication.
    6. Accessing unauthorized material whether it be student notes, printed material, or material accessed electronically.
  2. On homework or other out-of-class assignments:
    1. Copying work or answers from another student.
    2. Copying work or answers from a book.
    3. Having another person do work for you.
    4. Allowing another student to use your work as his or her own.
    5. Presenting the work of another as your own (plagiarism).
    1. Submitting the programs, documentation or program results of another person as one's own.
    2. Obtaining or attempting to obtain unauthorized access to information stored in electronic form.
    3. Submitting false results of a program's output for a class assignment or falsifying the results of program execution for the purpose of improving a grade.
  3. For late work or tests:

Americans with Disabilities Act Statement
If you are a student who is disabled as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act and requires assistance or support services, please seek assistance through the Center for Disability Services. A CDS Counselor will coordinate those activities.

Equal Opportunity Statement
No person shall, on the basis of age, race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin or disability, be excluded from participation in, or be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity of Georgia Perimeter College.

Affirmative Action Statement
Georgia Perimeter College adheres to affirmative action policies designed to promote diversity and equal opportunity for all faculty and students.

Please read and familiarize yourself with the policies contained in the syllabus. If you have any questions or concerns, then please ask me. Please print and complete the form below. You will need to submit the form on or before Tuesday, 24 August 2010.

I have read and fully understand the syllabus, the Expected Educational Results of this course, the attendance policy and all other policies and acts attached to this syllabus. I understand that I am responsible for knowing about all announcements, changes in the syllabus, changes in course requirements, changes in test dates, etc. made in class.


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