Summer 2006 Syllabus
MAT 142 College Mathematics, 3 Sem Hours

Instructors reserve the right to make changes on this syllabus as needed

Instructor: Jay Abramson

 SLN:  84573  

Office:  PSA 745
Phone:  480/965-5007

Dates/ Location/ Time:
June 26 – July 28, 2006

8:00-9:30   PSA 104




June 26–June 30


July 3 -  July 7

Test One, Monday, 7/3/06

July 10 - July 14

Test Two, Tuesday, 7/11/06

July 17 - July 21

Test Three, Wednesday, 7/19/06

July 24 - July 28

 Final Exam, Friday, 7/28/06


Text(s):  LITERACY AND MATHEMATICS, A Contemporary Approach to Quantitative Literacy, by Jay P. Abramson and Matthew A. Isom.  Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.   ISBN:  0-7575-2165-7


      Material:  Chapters One to Six, the whole book.


      Prerequisites:  Students entering MAT 117 are expected to have completed Intermediate Algebra or its equivalent with a grade of A, B or C.


Graphing Calculator: A graphing calculator is required for this course.

The suggested calculator is the TI 83 Plus or the Casio CFX-9850GB Plus.

Calculators with QWERTY keyboards or those that do symbolic algebra, such at the Casio FX2 or 9970Gs, cannot be used in class or during an exam.


Grade Allocation:
A: 90% - 100%
B: 80% - 89%
C: 70% - 79%
D: 60% - 69%
E:  Below 60 %


Grade Determination


Percent of Grade





Test 1


Test 2


Test 3


Final Exam



100 percent total


Make-up exams are not allowed without prior approval from the instructor.


·  Daily homework is assigned and will be graded.

·  Daily quizzes are administered and will be graded.  They will reflect material that has been discussed in class that day.

·  Students may work together on homework and quizzes, but each individual student is required to turn in their own work.

·  Students are responsible for reading each section before it is taught in class.


Final Exam:  The final exam will be given on July 28th.  Room assignments will be announced in class.  There will be no makeup's given for the final, and no finals will be rescheduled for personal reasons, including a non-refundable airplane tickets.

Departmental and University Policies and Procedures


Departmental Drop Back:  Based on results of a readiness test and advising from the course instructor, a student may elect to drop back to a lower level math course before the drop back deadline. The student should go to the Undergraduate Mathematics Office in PS A211 to initiate a drop back request.


Instructor Initiated Drop:  At the instructor's discretion, any student who has not attended class during the first week of classes may be administratively dropped from the course. However, students should be aware that non-attendance would NOT automatically result in their being dropped from the course. Thus, a student should not assume they are no longer registered for a course simply because they did not attend class during the first week. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of their registration status.


Final Exam Make-up Policy:  The final exam schedule listed in the Schedule of Classes will be strictly followed. Exceptions to the schedule and requests for make-up examinations can be granted only by the Department Chair, Associate Department Chair or the Director of First Year Mathematics, and for one of the following reasons:
1. Religious conflict (e.g., the student celebrates the Sabbath on Saturday)
2. The student has more than three exams scheduled on the same day as the math final
3. There is a time conflict between the math final and another final exam.


Incomplete:  If there is a last minute personal or medical emergency, the student may receive a grade of Incomplete and make up the final within one calendar year. The student must provide written documentation and be passing the class at the time to receive an Incomplete. Make-up exams will NOT be given for reasons of a non-refundable airline tickets, vacation plans, work schedules, weddings, family reunions, and other such activities. Students should consult the final exam schedule before making end-of-semester travel plans. The Dean of the student’s college must approve any exceptions to these rules.


Honor Policy:  The highest standards of academic integrity are expected of all students. The failure of any student to meet these standards may result in suspension or expulsion from the University or other sanctions as specified in the University Student Academic Integrity Policy. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to, cheating, fabrication, tampering, plagiarism or facilitating such activities.


The grade of XE:  A grade of XE is reserved for "failure for academic dishonesty." The grade goes on the student's transcript; the student needs to petition to have it removed after 1 year.


Ethics:  It's highly unethical to bring to your instructor's attention the possible impact of your mathematics grade on your future plans, including graduation, scholarships, jobs, etc. The instructor may exercise an option to withdraw you from the course if they think you are compromising the ability to assess your work independently of any other consideration. Students found to be involved in academic dishonesty will be removed from the class and a grade of XE for the course will be submitted to the registrar. The student will be advised to repeat the course with another professor, possibly at another institution. This is the least action taken. Further, more serious actions may be taken if the situation indicated that such actions are appropriate. We will act very harshly against cheating during Quizzes or Exams.