## Syllabus for Math 3116 and 3118 --- Spring 2000

### Description:

Math 3118 is the second semester of "Topics In Elementary
Mathematics." Math 3116 consists of the first half of Math
3118. A nontraditional, group learning approach is used. There
will be a small amount of lecturing to introduce new topics and
set the mood, but most of the time is spent problem solving in
small groups. Prerequisite: Math 3113

### Course Materials:

The course will cover a subset of Chapters 7-12 of the notes
entitled "Mathematical Problem Solving for Elementary School
Teachers," by Dennis White. The notes can be purchased at
Alpha Print, 1407 Fourth St. in Dinkytown. Everyone should have
a notebook for working on group session problems (you will be
able to use this notebook during tests). Probably I will omit
some topics from the notes and replace them with materials which
will be distributed in class.

### Grades:

Group Work |
1/6 |

Homework |
1/6 |

Tests |
2/3 |

##### Group Work:

Small groups will be chosen at random at the beginning of
each chapter. You are expected to actively participate in these
group sessions and to occasionally present results at the board.
Try to make sure that you understand each problem and also that
the other members of your group understand. One of the best ways
to learn is to explain to someone else. Most students actively
participate in this part of the course and will receive full
credit in this area. Points will be deducted for repeatedly being
absent without a valid excuse or for marked lack of participation.

Homework:

Several problems will be assigned each day. These will generally
be similar to problems treated that day in class. Written solutions
will be collected from each student at the beginning of the following
class. You may work together with other students in solving the
homework problems but everyone should write up the solutions
separately, in their own words. You should write clear but concise
explanations of your solutions. Late assignments will be accepted
only with a valid excuse.

##### Tests:

These determine most of your grade. There will be a test at
the end of each chapter. Notebooks, returned homework assignments,
calculators and the chapter notes themselves may all be used
during the tests.