20135 MTH 002A - 020 - Fundamentals of Mathematics

Spring 2003
Tues, Thurs, 2:30 pm - 3:50 pm , KSC 101A
Herbert J. Bernstein (yaya@dowling.edu)



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This is the syllabus for one section of MTH 002A for Spring 2003. As the course moves forward, students should return to this page frequently for updated material. This syllabus is based on course materials by Prof. F. Rispoli and Prof. A. Nese, whose assistance is gratefully acknowledged. This syllabus applies only to the specified section. Students taking other sections should consult the course materials for those sections.

Catalog description:

MTH 002A. Fundamentals of Mathematics

3 credits

This course is a prerequisite for MTH 006. The course emphasizes problem solving strategies as applied to problems involving linear equations, linear inequalities, simultaneous linear systems, optimization, interest, and counting techniques. Offered: 2002-2003.


There are three alternate prerequisites for MTH 002A:

In order to help evaluate student preparation for this course, there will be a special evaluation quiz during the first meeting of this course. This evaluation quiz will be evaluated but will not count towards the student's grade in the course.

This Spring 2003 section is:

Fund of Mathematics ( 3.00 ) 20135 MTH 002A - 020
College: Arts & Sciences
Department: Math & Comp Science Department
Days Time Location Schedule Type Date Range
TR 2:30 pm - 3:50 pm Oakdale KSC 101A Lecture Jan 29, 2002 - May 16, 2002


Office Hours:

See http://www.bernstein-plus-sons.com/.dowling/HJB_Contact_Info.html

If at all possible, please use email to schedule meetings in advance to avoid conflicts with other students and other obligations of the instructor.

Please note that excellent tutors are available at the Academic Service Center (ASC) at the Racanelli Center, +1-631-244-3141. Students are encouraged to make use of the ASC. Tutoring, drill and working in study groups are very helpful in mastering mathematics.

Text and required materials:


Attendance will be taken at all class meetings. All absences must be explained in writing (or via email). Students who miss 2 or more lectures must meet with the instructor to review their progress in the course. Grades will be reduced for unexcused absences (see grading policy, below).

Daily Quizzes:

In order to help students put in the level of attention and continuous effort required to derive full benefit from the course, a short quiz (1-4 question, 5-10 minutes) will be given at the start of each class meeting. Eighty percent of these quizzes will be counted towards the course grade (see below). The remaining twenty percent of these quizzes will count as extra credit. There will be no makeups for these quizzes.

In order to prepare for these quizzes, students will have to do the assigned readings and problems in advance of the lectures.


Students will be assigned all problems in relevant chapters of the text. At the start of class on some of the due dates a small randomly selected subset of the assigned problems may be selected for grading. No substitute problems will be accepted. No problems will be accepted late. On certain other due dates, the one or more of the problems on the daily quiz will be drawn from the assigned homework.

Grading Policy:

Note that the evaluation quiz given during the first meeting of this class does not count towards the course grade.

All students will be required to actively participate in classroom discussions and to work problems at the board in class. An open-book, open computer/calculator midterm and an open-book, open computer/calculator final will be given.

In general, no assignments will be accepted late and no makeups will be given for missed quizzes or examinations. Requests for exceptions to this policy will be considered only for the most pressing reasons (illness requiring hospitalization, death in the family, reserve call-up, etc.), must be submitted in writing in a timely manner, and will be granted only if the instructor has sound reason to believe that the student is highly likely to master the material of the course within the current semester.


Students are warned that most high schools do not provide students with adequate preparation in Mathematics for them to be able to take this course. Dowling offers a course, MTH 001A, which helps to provide the necessary preparation. If you have great difficulty with the evaluation exam, and/or find if difficult to read the text book and keep up with the problems, you should consider switching to a section of MTH 001A and taking this course when you are better prepared.

Course Objectives

Course Topics and Reading Assignments


Updated 29 January 2003.