Syllabus for MA 502
Seminar in Selected Topics
Course: MA 502, TR 2:00-3:15, DH 135
Instructor: Carl Lee
Office: 967 Patterson Office Tower
Phone: 257-1405 (or 257-3336 to leave a message)
Web Page: http://www.ms.uky.edu/
Office Hours: To be announced. In the meantime, just give me a call or see me in class to make an appointment.
Text: There is no text for the courses. We will be using a variety of handouts, readings, and class notes.
Calculators and Computers: Students should have access to a graphic calculator, such as the TI-83, for use from time to time during the semester. I plan to also make use of some software on campus, such as Maple and the Geometer's Sketchpad.
Homework: Homework will usually be due weekly, but there may be some variation in this during the semester.
Exams: There will probably be two or three exams during the semester. There is a possibility that one or more of these may be take-home.
Project: There will be no final exam, but everyone will be required to complete a project during the course of the semester. My goal is that these projects have a written component (in the form of a web page) as well as an oral component (in the form of a classroom presentation).
Absences: A University excuse from a scheduled class activity such as an exam must be presented in writing no later than two weeks prior to the date of the absence. An absence due to illness or family emergency may be excused, provided that you can supply acceptable written evidence if required, and that you notify me as soon as possible. Notification is almost always possible immediately upon occurrence of an emergency. If you're too sick to telephone, you can get a friend to do it. Failure to make such timely notification may result in denial of your request. For an explanation of valid excused absences, refer to U.K.'s Student Rights and Responsibilities.
Cheating: The University's minimum penalty for cheating or plagiarism is a failure in the course. Cheating or plagiarism can lead to expulsion from the university. See Student Rights and Responsibilities for information on cheating, plagiarism, and penalities. It's not worth it, so don't do it.
Course Content: Partially guided by the NCTM Standards, I will choose specific topics to focus on, selected from a broad range of mathematics such as mathematical structures, functions, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, probability, and discrete mathematics. The topics will be chosen to highlight not only important content, but to provide a good context to strengthen familiarity with and abilities in reasoning, problem solving, and communication.
Wednesday, August 26 First day of classes
Wednesday, September 2 Last day to add
Monday, September 7 Labor Day, no classes
Wednesday, September 16 Last day to drop without a ``W''
Friday, October 2 Fall Break, no classes
Monday, October 19 Midterm of the Fall semester
Friday, October 23 Last day to withdraw with a ``W''
Thursday-Saturday, November 26-28 Thanksgiving holidays, no classes
Friday, December 11 Last day of classes