Course Syllabus Math 1010
Mathematics for General Studies

Fall Semester 2007

Meeting times:

Monday Wednesday and Friday 12:40-1:35


Voorhees Building, Room 243.


Jan Zijlstra, Ph.D.

Office :
e-mail /Phone/Fax:
Web Ma

Kirksey Old Main 257     (615) 898-2691/5422

Office Hours:

Monday through Thursday, 9:00 - 11:30
All other times by appointment, please

Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra and a Math Enhanced ACT of at least 21or DMS 085 or AAPP Placement.
Note: Contact your instructor immediately if these requirements have not been met.
Text: Miller, Heeren and Hornsby. Mathematical Ideas, 11th Edition. Pearson Publishing Co. ISBN: 0-321-36146-6.
Calculator: A scientific calculator with exponentiation capability, preferably Texas Instruments TI 83 or TI 84 Plus
Purpose: This course is designed to broaden students’ perspectives of mathematics. It satisfies the Area IV-B General Studies requirements and is also part of the required sequence for students preparing to become elementary school teachers.
Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students will have:
1. Developed mathematical reasoning and problem solving skills.
2. Enhanced their facility with the language of mathematics and their ability to communicate mathematical ideas.
3. Applied mathematical skills and concepts in problem solving situations.
4. Reviewed and extended specific knowledge in selected topics from areas such as logic, sets, algebraic
   reasoning, probability, statistics, and consumer mathematics.
5. Developed a better appreciation of mathematics as a discipline.
6. Acquired an awareness of the interrelationship among the various fields of mathematics as well as the
   relationship of mathematics to other disciplines.
Main topics: This course consists of selected topics from Chapters 1,2,3,11,12,13,14 and 15 in the required text, including:
  • Problem Solving
  • Set Notation, Operations and Applications
  • Inductive Reasoning
  • Formal Logic and Deductive Reasoning
  • Simple and Compound Interest
  • Annuities and Amortization
  • Counting Techniques
  • Probability Theory
  • Mathematical Expectation
  • Frequency Distributions and Graphs
  • Descriptive Statistics
Grading : Approximately 8 quizzes    :   40 points each
Approximately 4 exams     :  100 points each
Comprehensive Final Exam  :  100 points
Grading Scale: A: 100-90, B+: 89-87, B:86-83, B-: 82-80, C+: 79-77, C:76-73, C-: 72-70, D+: 69-67, D:66-63, D-: 62-60, F: < 60 points.
Absences: Tests can be made up only with a Valid University Excuse, see Student Handbook for details.
Remarks: Recommended self-study time is a minimum of twice class meeting time, about 6 hours per week.

If you have a disability that may require assistance or accomodation, or you have questions related to accomodations for testing, note-takers, readers, etc., please contact me as soon as possible. You may also contact the Office of Disabled Student Services (898-2783) with questions about such services.

To retain Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship eligibility, you must earn a cumulative TELS GPA of 2.75 after 24 attempted hours and a cumulative TELS GPA of 3.0 thereafter. A grade of C, D, F, or I in this class may negatively impact TELS eligibility. Dropping a class after 14 days may also impact eligibility. If you withdraw from this class and it results in an enrollment status of less than full time, you may lose eligibility for your lottery scholarship. For additional lottery scholarship rules please refer to your Lottery Statement of Understanding form, review lottery scholarship requirements on the web at, or contact the MTSU financial aid office at 898-2830.

August 27: First day of class.
September 3: Labor day Holiday
September 9: Last day to drop with a class without a grade
October 13 - 16: Fall Break
October 14: Last day to drop with a 'W'. No 'W' will be granted after this date.
Final Exam: Friday, December 7 12:30 - 14:30