90931, 90127 MTH 1002A - 0 - Fundamentals of Mathematics

Fall 2008
90931, Tuesday, Thursday, 02:30 pm - 3:51 pm, KSC 027
90127, Tuesday, Thursday, 05:30 pm - 6:51 pm, KSC 101A
Herbert J. Bernstein (yaya@dowling.edu)



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This is the syllabus for two sections of MTH 1002A for Fall 2008. 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, Prof. A. Nese and Prof. P. Ratner, whose assistance is gratefully acknowledged. This syllabus applies only to these specified sections. Students taking other sections should consult the course materials for those sections.

Catalog description:

MTH 1002A. Fundamentals of Mathematics

3 credits

This course is a prerequisite for MTH 1006. The course emphasizes problem solving strategies as applied to problems involving linear equations, linear inequalities, simultaneous linear systems, optimization, interest, and counting techniques. Offered: 2008-2010.

These Sections

These Fall 2008 sections are:

Fund of Mathematics ( 3.00 ) 90931 MTH 1002A - 0
College: Arts & Sciences
Department: Math & Comp Science Department
Days Time Location Schedule Type Date Range
TR 2:30 pm - 3:51 pm Oakdale KSC 027 Lecture Sep 02, 2008 - Dec 18, 2008
Fund of Mathematics ( 3.00 ) 90127 MTH 1002A - 0
College: Arts & Sciences
Department: Math & Comp Science Department
Days Time Location Schedule Type Date Range
TR 5:30 pm - 6:51 pm Oakdale KSC 101A Lecture Sep 02, 2008 - Dec 18, 2008

Diagnostic Quiz

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


Office Hours:

The hours on this page start on Tuesday, 2 September 2008. There is no schedule on days on which Dowling is closed and on:

See 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. As per department policy students who miss more than 2 lectures before the midterm will be given a midterm warning and be advised to withdraw. 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. Some of you will not be able to do all of the problems on time. Do as many problems from each section as you can, and be certain to catch up and do all of the problems as quickly as possible. Forming study groups will help, but you must give credit to anyone who helps you with any given asignment.

Except as noted below, no substitute problems will be accepted. In order to accomodate variations in editions of the text that are in use at Dowling, students must state the the problem being solved with each answer. No problems will be accepted late. On certain of the 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 second 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, DVM 0001, 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 DVM 0001 and taking this course when you are better prepared.

Course Objectives

Course Topics and Reading Assignments