**Math 130, Lecture 003, Fall 2013**

(Please
view the assignments on Learn@UW)

**Instructor¡¦s Information**

**Instructor**:
Meng-Che ¡§Turbo¡¨ Ho

**Office**:
Van Vleck 422

**Office Hours**:
Monday 2:25 ¡V 3:15, Tuesday 2:25 ¡V 3:15, or by appointment

**E-mail**:
mho3 (at) wisc.edu

**Course Information**

**Lecture Room**:
Van Vleck B211

**Prerequisites**: Math 101 or an equivalent course, or exemption based on
placement test score.

**Goals**: Math 130 is the first of a 13x course sequence focusing
on the mathematics needed for teaching in elementary and middle school. Math
130 focuses on numbers and operations. This is a mathematics course, not course
in methods of teaching. The main goal of this course is to deepen your
understanding of the mathematics taught in contemporary elementary/middle
schools. By this we mean that you should know not just how to calculate with
whole numbers and fractions, use geometric formulas, and solve standard word
problems; you should also learn why the computational algorithms work, when to
use each operation or formula, and whether alternative solution methods might
also be correct. In this course you will also study (i) how to represent
concepts and procedures in ways that help children make sense of mathematics,
(ii) what concepts and procedures elementary/middle school students might find
difficult and what errors they are likely to make, (iii) how topics in the
mathematics curriculum are related to each other, and (iv) how to begin to
create appropriate word problems for different mathematical concepts.

**Text**:

*Elementary
Mathematics for Teachers*, by Thomas
H. Parker and Scott Baldridge

*Primary
Mathematics Textbooks* (U.S.
Edition of Materials from Singapore) - Primary Mathematics 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A and
Workbook 5A

*Activity
Manual for Mathematics for Elementary Teachers* (3^{rd} edition), by Sybilla Beckmann

It is hoped that all these materials will also be useful
after you begin your teaching career. We will study all of Parker/Baldridge
textbook.

We will be mainly using EMT, and it's recommended that
you get a copy of it. You will need access to PM when you do your homework. You
can either buy your own copy, share with your classmates, or use the reserved
copies in the library (not recommended).

**Grading Policy**

40%
- Homework

30%
- 2 Midterm Exams (15% each)

30%
- Final Exam (cumulative)

The grading scale will be set up based on the
difficulties of exams and homework. All grades are based on how well each
student learns the material, not upon comparisons with other students, so
grades are not competitive.

**Exams**

**Midterm Exams**:
10/11(F) and 11/15(F) (In-class, tentative)

**Final Exam**:
12/18 7:45 am ¡V 9:45 am, location TBA

**No Calculator**
is allowed in the exams.

In most cases, absence from an exam will result in a
grade of 0 points, and no make-up options are available. However, if a student
is ill (and has a written note from the attending nurse or physician) or on
official university business (e.g. participating in a sanctioned club or
sport), alternate arrangements may be possible. In these cases, please consult
the instructor at least two weeks before exams.

**Homework**

Homework and grades will be posted on Learn@UW shortly
after each discussion.

Much of mathematics is learned through solving problems,
and confidence is gained through mastery of the material. Most assignments will
consist of reading one or more sections in the Parker/Baldridge book and doing
most or all of the problems at the end of the assigned section. In this course,
we will have a total of 12 graded homework. Homework will be due on each
Tuesday, at the beginning of class, and for the Tuesday after two midterm
exams, there will be no homework due. **No
late homework will be accepted**.

You are highly encouraged to work with your instructor
and other students to understand the course material. However, we expect that
after conferring with others, you will **write
up your own responses individually and independently of others**. **DO NOT copy answers to homework problems
from others**.

You should plan on spending about 2 hours of homework for
each class meeting. As in most mathematics classes, the materials progressively
builds upon itself. If you do not understand a particular topic, ask questions
in class or in office hours.

**Other
Expectations**:

Classes will be a mix of lecture, problem solving done
individually and in small groups, and whole class discussion. You should bring
the Parker/Baldridge book to class everytime. You are expected to take notes,
to participate in class activities, and to ask questions about what you do not
understand.

Calculators will not be allowed on any exams. A successful
elementary/middle school teacher should be confident and comfortable solving
numerical problems mentally and on paper. One of the goals of this course is to
improve your confidence and ability to do so.

Occasionally class time is wasted due to the behavior of
people who are not respectful of others. Please refrain from the following
disruptive actions: Coming late to class or leaving class early; Reading
newspapers or other material not related to the course in class; Using objects,
e.g. watches, cell phones, that beep or ring in class; Having private
conversations or text messaging during class time.

**Policy on
Academic Honesty**:

The principles of truth and honesty are fundamental to
the educational process and the academic integrity; therefore, no student
shall:

l Claim or submit the academic work of another as one's
own.

l Procure, provide, accept or use any materials containing
questions or answers to any examination or assignment without proper
authorization.

l Complete or attempt to complete any assignment or
examination for another individual without proper authorization.

l Allow any examination or assignment to be completed for
oneself, in part or in total, by another without proper authorization.

l Alter, tamper with, appropriate, destroy or otherwise interfere
with the research, resources, or other academic work of another person.

l Fabricate or falsify data or results.

If any instance of academic dishonesty is discovered by
an instructor, it is his or her responsibility to take appropriate action.
Depending on his or her judgment of the particular case, he or she may give a
failing grade to the student on the assignment or for the course.

**Some
advises about how to do well in this class**

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Study hard!

l
Take notes during the classes,
and review them after classes.

l
Ask questions immediately if
something is unclear for you during the class.

l
Read the textbook and do the
homework as well as other problems in the textbook which is not
assigned as homework.

l
Practice past
exams as you go on.

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Come to office hours if you
have any questions.