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# MATH FOR EDUCATORS I

SCC MISSION STATEMENT

St. Catharine College is an independent, coeducational college that provides quality
undergraduate education and offers degrees in a variety of academic areas and
professional programs. Consistent with the Dominican tradition upon which it was
founded, St. Catharine College fosters education grounded in the liberal arts values and is
committed to the free pursuit of truth. The College embraces Christian principles while
respecting individuals of all religious traditions. St. Catharine College encourages
students to pursue lifelong learning and to develop a sense of responsibility for
themselves, their community, and a just society.

INSTRUCTOR: Sister Charlene Vogel, OP OFFICE: Lower Bertrand

TEXT: Mathematics for Elementary Students by Albert B. Bennett, Jr. & L. Ted
Nelson

OUTCOMES:

In your preparation to be an elementary teacher, we want you to achieve the following in
this course:

•Improve your ability to communicate effectively math concepts
• Successfully use problem solving techniques and tools.
•Solve problems involving real numbers using various bases to gain a better
understanding of our base ten system
• Improve your use of various calculators and the computer
• Develop a constructive belief about mathematics

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

We will cover the following topics

• Problem Solving
• Algebra
• Sets, Counting Number Systems
• Factors and Multiples
• Integers, Operations with Fractions
•Rational Number, Decimals

This is not a methods course but a concepts course designed to enhance your basic
mathematical skills.

HOMEWORK:

There will be assigned homework including some writing assignments. All written work
is to be typed with the exception of the assigned problems. These problems are to be
neatly done on clean edged note paper.

EVALUATION:

Tests will usually be given after each chapter. Occasionally two chapters may be
combined. The tests will contain problems similar to those you have worked for
homework with perhaps one or two which have a different “twist” to them. All tests will
be graded using a percentage system. The semester examination will cover all material
covered since the previous test and possibly some review material. It will receive the
same weight as the regular tests. An outline of the review material will be given during
the last class before the examination.

All “turn in assignments” will be graded. This includes the written reflection
assignments. The total points for these assignments will count the same as one test grade.
You will be allowed to drop your lowest grade (with the exception of the final examination). The final
grade will be based on the average for the tests and the
assignment average. See Grading Procedures below for the method of calculating your

You can compute your average in this course at any time by using the following
procedures. Compute the assignment grade (points earned out of the total possible.)
Example: 9 points out of l0 = 90%

Example: Suppose the following were your grades after the chapter 3 test.

Test 1 86
Test 2 91
Test 3 95
Assignment Average: 78
Total 350 350/4=87.5

If you have to miss an exam, it is your responsibility to notify me that you will be absent
and set a date to make up the exam.

90-100 A
80-89.5 B
70-79.5 C
60.69.5 D
Below 60 F

ATTENDANCE: You are expected to be on time and attend all classes. You will not be
graded on attendance, but attendance has a huge bearing on your success in any class.
Role will be taken every class meeting.

Americans with Disabilities Act: Any student with a mental or physical disability that
may affect his or her performance should inform me by the second class meeting so that,
if possible, reasonable accommodation can be made.

Cell Phones: Cell phones are not to be turned on during class. Please notify me before
class if there is a serious or emergency need for one.

TENTATIVE COURSE SCHEDULE

 August 18 Chapter 1 Problem Solving August 25 Chapter 1 Problem Solving w Algebra September 1 Labor Day No class 8 Chapter 2 Sets, Functions 15 Chapter 2 Deductive Reasoning 29 Test- Chapter 1 & 2 October 6 Chapter 3 Whole Numbers/ Number Systems 13 Chapter 3 Operations w Whole Numbers 20 Mid-Term Break 27 Test – Chapter 3 November 3 Begin Chapter 4 Factors and Multiples 10 Chapter 4 More Factors & Multiples Test - Chapter 4 Begin Chapter 5 Integers 17 Chapter 5 Fractions/Operations with 24 Test - Chapter 5 Begin Chapter 6 Decimals/Rational and Irrational Numbers December 1 Chapter 6 Continue Irrational Numbers 8 Final Exam

*What we don’t cover in Chapter 6 will be covered in second semester.
** Short quizzes may be given at any time over material covered.

INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION:

Sister Charlene Vogel, O.P.

Office Hours: Monday through

Thursday
9:00 a.m. – Noon
1:00 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday
9:00 a.m. – Noon

Phone: Home: 859-262-5732

Office: 859-336-5082; Ext. 1245

Sister Ann Frederick Leonard:

Office Hours:

Monday through Thursday 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Joe Price:
Office Hours:
Monday & Wednesday 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Student assistants and their schedules will be posted on the office door