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*In mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them.*

*-- John von Neumann, Nobel Prize winner.*

**Time and Place:**TR 2:00-3:15 at 529 Smith Hall**Instructor:**Peter Saveliev (call me Peter)**Office:**778F Smith Hall (in the alley)**Office Hours:**MW 1:30-5:00, R 3:30-4:30 (tentative), or by appointment, or any time I am there (usually in the afternoon)**Office Phone:**x4639**Home Phone:**697-7827 (9 a.m. - 8 p.m.)**E-mail:**saveliev@marshall.edu (put Math 123 as the subject)**Class Web-Page:**http://saveliev.net/m123.htm.**Prerequisites:**solid algebra skills, fractions, linear and quadratic equations, some exponentials, some knowledge of Cartesian coordinates, graphs, familiarity with basic functions**Texts:***Applied Mathematics for the Managerial, Life, and Social Sciences*by Tan, 2nd edition (Chapters 1-5,7,8).**Computer Requirements:**graphic calculator TI-83 or TI-83+.**Goals:**understanding of functions, graphing, maximization/minimization, solving systems of linear equations, elementary probability problems, setting up math models for applications in business and economics -- being prepared for a business calculus course.**Group Problems:**due weekly (please, staple!), each Thursday unless specified otherwise**Quizzes:**based on the practice problems assigned daily, once or twice a week**Grade Breakdown:**TOTAL=.25×HW+.15×E1+.15×E2+.15×E3+.30×FINAL

- group problems and quizzes: 25% (quiz 10 points each, homework 10-30 points, 1-2 quizzes may be dropped, attendance 30 points and you loose 15 points per each 2 classes missed, class participation 30 points extra credit).

- 3 exams: 15% each

- final exam: 30%**Letter Grades:**A: 90-100, B: 80-89, C: 70-79, D: 60-69, F: <60

From the Catalogue:

MTH 123 - 3 - Selected Topics in College Algebra |

Solve equations and inequalities, solve systems of linear equations, study of functions (including exponential and logarithmic functions), matrices, basic probability and statistics. Applications mostly in business and economics. (PR: MAT 097 or equivalent, or Mathematics ACT at least 19) |

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Assignment #1 (10 points):

- Go to http://saveliev.net/m123.htm.
- Read the Course Policy.
- Try to set up a group (3-4 members) by Friday, then e-mail the list to me. For this purpose you can use the list of students. If you don't have a group you'll be assigned to a group at random.
- Visit my office during the next two weeks to introduce yourself and receive the credit.