Women and Minorities in Mathematics:

A Course with Significant Mathematical Content

Dr. Sarah J. Greenwald

I am always happy to help you in office hours. An open door means that I am on the floor somewhere, so come look for me.

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http://www.mathsci.appstate.edu/~sjg/wmm/**
Check this for access to
the other class web pages. On web pages, an underlined phrase
means a link.
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http://www.mathsci.appstate.edu/~sjg/wmm/highlights.html**
**Check this after each class meeting** for daily class overviews,
readings, assignments and due dates.

Dr. Sarah's MAT 1010 WebCT is accessible by password from myWebCT http://www.webct.appstate.edu:8900/webct/public/home.pl after following the lab 1 directions. I usually check the bulletin boards twice a day, even on weekends.

I usually check e-mail once a day during the week.
**greenwaldsj@cp.appstate.edu **
is the easiest way to
contact me outside of class, office hours and the WebCT bulletin board.

This class does not follow the standard lecture format. There will be days when the activities are designed to be completed during class. Thus, attendance is required at ALL classes. Missing more than 3 classes (official and/or unofficial absences) will result in a lower participation grade. Missing more than 5 classes will result in a grade of F. An incomplete will be granted only in university justified cases. Save your absences for emergencies. You are expected to contribute to discussions and may be called on to participate.

As mandated for
writing designated courses,
you will be assigned a **significant amount of writing**.
Use the time before the paper is due to
explore the mathematical ideas deeply,
to bring rough drafts or ideas
into office hours and to ensure that your writing satisfies
the writing checklist.
Revisions will be allowed in
response to comments that I have made
on a draft. Respond to the comments-use them as
invitations to clarify your
understanding of ideas or my understanding of your writing. **
You cannot turn in revisions unless you have
turned in work when it was originally due and
you must resubmit the original paper along with the revision.**
You can expect to have your
graded papers returned to you one week
after you submit them. Over the course of the semester,
at least one of your papers must be on a woman mathematician,
and at least one of your papers must be on a
minority mathematician (as defined in class). If you choose to
have partners for the papers, and choose to divide up the work,
you must be the one to write up the mathematics content
in at least two of the papers (including the final web project).

Certain homework or assignments will require use of a computer with web access. Either you will be given some time in lab to do the assignment, or you will have at least 36 hours to complete such an assignment - enough time to access a computer from school if you do not have one at home. If, due to work or other responsibilities, you cannot access a computer with web access at least once every 36 hours, then you should drop out of this course.

When writing up work, be sure to give acknowledgment where it is due. Submitting someone else's work as your own (PLAGIARISM) is a serious violation of the University's Academic Integrity Code.

In this course, you will be challenged with problems that you have never seen before. I do not expect you to be able to solve all the issues immediately. Instead, I want to see what you can do on your own. Out in the real world, this is important, since no matter what job you have, you will be expected to seek out information and answers to new topics you have not seen before. This may feel uncomfortable and frustrating. I understand this and want to help you through the process. It helps to remember that there are no mathematical dead-ends! Each time we get stuck, it teaches us something about the problem we are working on, and leads us to a deeper understanding of the mathematics.

In the real world though, you are not expected to face your work alone. You will be allowed to talk to other people and you may even be expected to work with other people. In this class, you are also not expected to face your work alone. I encourage you to talk to me often in class and office hours, and group work will also be encouraged.

I am always happy to help you in class, during office hours (or by appointment), or on e-mail, and will try to give you hints and direction. At times though, to encourage the exploration process, I may direct you to rethink a problem and to come back to discuss it with me again afterwards. This occurs when I believe that the struggle to understand is imperative for your deep understanding of the material.