MA450 Seminar in Mathematics

for FA 2007

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MA 450 Seminar in Mathematics


FA 2007 HO


Smith, Charlie L.


Associate Professor of Mathematics, and Department Chair of Mathematics


B.A. in Mathematics, William Jewell College, 1981
M.A. in Mathematics, University of Kansas, 1983
Ph.D. in Mathematics, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2002

Office Location

SC 308

Office Hours

T 1-4 p.m., W 9-11 a.m. and 2-4 pm, R 1-4 p.m., or by special appointment

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

August 20 - December 16, 2007

Class Days


Class Time

11:00 - 12:15 PM


MA 301 and permission of the instructor

Credit Hours



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Course Description:
A capstone for the mathematics major. Topics may include selected readings and discussion of the history and philosophy of mathematics, the golden ages and crises in mathematics. Student presentations are required. One field trip required. 3:0:3 Prerequisite: MA301 and Permission of the instructor.

Educational Philosophy:

A famous old adage says that mathematics is not a spectator sport. In order to learn mathematics, students must attempt a significant number of problems. Drill and practice are essential in order to succeed. In addition, the material should not be covered too quickly. Student comprehension always takes priority in the educational process.

Class Assessment:

Homework assignments, Class Presentations, Quizzes and Tests.
The final examination will take place on Monday, December 10, from 10:15 a.m. - 12:15 pm.  The Final Examination is worth 25% of the total grade.  It will be closed reference, meaning that you are not allowed to use any books, notes, or handouts.  Calculators, however, are permitted.
85-100% = A
70-84% = B
60-69% = C
50-59% = D

The Final Examination is worth 25% of the total grade.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Homework assignments MUST be turned in on the announced due date.  LATE PAPERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.  You will either turn in an assignment on the date that it is due, or you will not turn it in at all.  An assignment MUST be received by class time on the announced due date.  If it is not received by this time, then a score of ZERO will be recorded for that assignment.  NO EXCEPTIONS.  NO EXCUSES.  Athletes who are traveling out of town with a Park University team must turn in the assignment before departure.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

EXPECTATIONS:   What are the things that the student needs to do in order to succeed in this course?

1.  Regular attendance is ESSENTIAL.

2.  PLEASE bring your textbook to every class session.

3.  Listen carefully and pay attention.

4.  Take thorough, accurate class notes.  For better retention, review your notes as soon as

      possible after each class session.  Review your notes regularly throughout the


5.  VOCABULARY, TERMINOLOGY, and NOTATION are extremely important in

      learning mathematics.

6.  ASK QUESTIONS DURING CLASS whenever you need more explanation.

7.  Read your textbook over and over until you understand the material completely.

8.  Consult with the instructor if you are having ANY DIFFICULTY WHATSOEVER. 

     That's why they pay me the big bucks.
Reading Assignments:  Read handouts as assigned.  You may have to read a handout several times until you understand the material completely.  Study these carefully and thoroughly, mkaing sure that you follow and comprehend the reasoning behind each step of the procedure.
Behavior:  Show respect for the instructor.  Show respect for your classmates.  Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated.
Responsibility:  The student is entirely responsible for obtaining and learning any material missed because of absence.  Get handouts and assignments from instructor.  Get class notes from another student in the class.
Calculator:  Each student will need a scientific (not statistical or business) calculator.  Graphing calculators are optional but will not be needed.  Please make sure that the calculator has trigonometric, exponential, logarithmic, and inverse function capabilities.  Try not to spend more that $25 or so.  You can probably find one on sale somewhere.  Most students use Texas Instruments, Casio or a comparable brand name.
Miscellaneous: What materials are you responsible for understanding?  EVERYTHING.  Of course, it would be impossible for you to reproduce everything or demonstrate total knowledge on homework and tests, but you are expected to strive for excellence in everything that we cover, so that you will be prepared for anything.  As mathematics and science majors, any effort on your part less than this cannot be considered satisfactory.

The instructor reserves the right to make changes in the syllabus due to time constraints, speed of coverage, or other factors.



Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1         Limits and Coontinuity
Week 2         Major Theorems from Calculus
Week 3         Major Theorems from Calculus
Week 4         Applications of Calculus
Week 5         Applications of Calculus
Week 6         Techniques of Proof
Week 7         Techniques of Proof; Abstract Structures
Week 8         Abstract Structures
Fall Break
Week 9         Set Theory and Probability
Week 10       Systems of Linear Equations and Matrices
Week 11       Technology: Software and Hardware
Week 12       Fundamental Theorems: Arithmetic, Algebra, Calculus, and possibly others
Week 13       The Three Classic Construction Problems of Ancient Greece
Week 14       The Three Classic Construction Problems of Ancient Greece
Week 15       Review
Week 16       Final Exam

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  7. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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