|Instructor Info:||Geremias Polanco Encarnacion|
Many factors determine whether or not you get a job, succeed or fail in a project, and loose or make money on an investment. Your problem solving ability is one of them, but understanding the principles behind the situation you face (in practice or in theory) is one of the most fundamental. To survive in the world, people need to apply countless mathematical principles, consciously or unconsciously. In this course you will understand some of the mathematical principles that you already use, and will learn some other new ones. Topics will include minimizing time required to complete certain tasks; scheduling and critical path analysis; fair division; voting theory; coding theory; mathematics of investment and credit; art, beauty and math; and other topics at our discretion.
The general objective of this course are the following:
The focus of the evaluation will be the student proficiency and improvement on the course objective. The ideal goal is proficiency. You are expected to strive to accomplish it. You may be seeing the topics studied for the first time, or you may be familiar with some of them. But in any case, you are expected to show substantial improvement on your current conceptual understanding and applications of the subject. The course objectives will be evaluated through the following:
Students who complete the following are guaranteed an evaluation in the course.
The purpose of the homework is for you and I to check whether or not you understand the material in the course at the most basic level. You may work with other students but you are expected to submit your homework individually.
It is expected that your submitted homework meets the following minimum criteria:
If you miss a class, it is your duty to contact one of your classmates to be up to date with any material covered in class. This includes being ready with the hw assignment for the following class. You should also send your hw with a friend in case you are missing class on the day the hw is due. Keep in mind that, in order to receive an evaluation, you can not miss more than three classes in the whole semester. In case you run into a MAJOR EMERGENCY, you should contact your instructor, and, after studying your case, an exception could be considered.
Reading Assignments. You are required to do the assigned reading before coming to class. In order to profit from the material when reading mathematics, you need to do your reading in a mathematical sense. This often requires that you use pen and paper, or computer, to confirm the meaning and/or validity of expressions and statements. It also includes pausing and reflecting on the reading as well as extracting the mathematical principles that are conveyed in the material.
A course portfolio will be handed in on April 29 in class. It should contain all of the problem sets, skills exercises, and project materials, as well as any other material indicated
Non-classroom work-load Expectation: You are expected to work 5 to 7 hours per week outside class. Organizing your time wisely and staying on top of assignments will allow you to really learn the material. Working with other students is encouraged - remember, teaching someone else is the best way to test your understanding. Improvement is the most important thing.
Textbook: I have designed this class so that it is a time lasting investment, and a money rewarding investment for those who follow the principles we will learn in it. However, in order to accomplish that we will need to use two textbooks. Almost half of the course will focus on personal finance. The based textbook for that will be :
For the rest of the material will be mostly based on the textbook
I strongly encourage people to search for international versions, used editions, etc,... to save some money.
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