Illinois Valley Community College


Math 1000 -Fall 2013
Math for the Liberal Arts
Professor: Ms. Cynthia Schultz
Phone: 815-224-0431

Office hours (E304)
Monday:  9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.
Tuesday: 11:00 a.m. - noon
Wednesday:  9:00 a.m - 10:50 a.m.
Thursday:  11:00 a.m - 11:30 a.m.
Friday:  9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.
Contact Information

Text Options:
Purchase a printed copy of Thinking Mathematically by Blitzer  or use the e-book through myMathLab

:  MTH 0907 (or equivalent intermediate algebra course) AND MTH 0908 (or equivalent geometry course), both with a "C" or better; or appropriate score on the placement exam; or appropriate ACT score.

:  Intended as a survey course for those students interested in developing an appreciation of the role of mathematics and mathematical methods in contemporary thought. Emphasizes the understanding and application of mathematics. The course includes the study of set theory, probability, statistics, and other selected topics such as consumer math, scientific notation, problem solving, and geometry. This course does not serve as the prerequisite for any other mathematics course.

Other materials need:  Scientific Calculator (Graphing calculators, cell phones, etc. will NOT be allowed during exams.)

MyMathLab:  You must purchase a MyMathLab (coursecompass) assess code for this class.

  90 - 100% A; 80 - 89% B; 70 - 79% C; 60 - 69% D; 0 - 59% F

:  In class exams (75%); MyMathLab HW (10%); Sustainability Assignments (10%); Participation (5%)

Expected Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of problem solving and critical thinking
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of set theory
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of consumer math and financial managmenent
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of counting methods and probability theory
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of statistics

Course Schedule:  For the most recently updated schedule, visit your section schedule.

MyMathLab online homework: You will be assigned graded homework assignments through MyMathlab. (coursecompass)  These assignments are required and are part of your grade.   Online assignments may be completed 1 week past the deadline for a 50% reduction of the questions completed after the deadline.  These dates are specified in coursecompass. 

Sustainability assignments:
Periodically you will be assigned sustainability assignments.  They assignments will be available through course compass.  These assignments may be submitted up the one week late with a 50% percent penalty.  The due dates will be specified in coursecompass.

policy:   You are expected to take each exam at the scheduled times.  However, if you have an unavoidable absence you may request to take the test at an alternative time provided you contact your professor before the exam begins and explain your absence.  I will decide if and when you take your makeup exam, which is generally no later than 2 business days.   If you request a makeup via email or voice mail, it is your responsibility to check your messages for my response.  If you do not receive a response from me within a reasonable amount of time, you MUST follow up with another attempt to contact me.  Failure to follow the policy will result in denial of your request.

Exceptions to the above policy will only be given for situations including, but not limited to, jury duty, military orders, serious medical problems (yourself or immediate family member) or a death of an immediate family member.  You MUST be able to provide documentation. (Acceptable documentation include such things as an accident report, doctor's note or hospital discharge papers.) Immediate family member is defined to be a spouse, partner, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, sibling, or your spouse's/partner's immediate family member. These requests will be considered on a individual basis.

Repeated requests for makeup exams WILL REQUIRE that you provide documentation.

Requests to take exams early are generally approved.

If for any reason, you do not take an exam, your final exam score will replace one missed exam score.  Any other missed exam will earn a score of zero.

Lowest exam score:
  If you take all exams, your lowest exam score will be replaced with your final exam score (assuming the final is higher).

Extra credit:  Extra credit problems are available in the homework section of MyMathLab.  The maximum score possible is 20 points.  Extra credit will be added to your score at the end of the semester.

Attendance: Five percent of your grade is participation.  This will be assessed through participation worksheets and random attendance checks.  It is your responsibility to sign the attendance sheet each class day.  Attendance is also taken for the purpose of financial aid, state auditing, and athletic progress reports.  If you miss class, it is your responsibility to check the schedule and work on the practice problems for the section covered that day.  If you have questions regarding the missed material, you may make an appointment with me to ask specific questions regarding the material.

Cheating: A score of zero will be given on any assignment where cheating occurs. Cheating includes, but is not limited to copying answers off other students’ tests, submitting another person’s work as your own, and having crib sheets during a test.  Repeated acts of cheating may result in your withdrawal from the course.

Classroom etiquette:  Please be courteous of others' rights in the classroom.  Do not disrupt their right to learn by inappropriate talking  (talking during lecture or while others are asking or answering questions), whispering, or other immature acts.  Please turn cell phones to silent.  If you need your cell phone for emergency purposes (EMT, firefighters, sick family member, etc.) this is certainly allowed.  Each student is also held to "Student Code of Conduct" as specified in the student handbook. Violation of this student code may result in a reduction in your grade and/or withdrawal from the course.

Withdrawals: Withdrawal from this course is not automatic.  You will need to initiate a withdrawal from this course by completing the form in the Records Office or through
webadvisor.  IVCC has the right to rescind a withdrawal in cases of academic dishonesty or at the professor’s discretion. If you do not initiate a withdrawal, you may receive a letter grade for this course.Students should be aware of the impact of a withdrawal on full-time status for insurance purposes and for financial aid. It is highly recommended that students meet with their instructor or with a counselor before withdrawing from a class to discuss if a withdrawal is the best course of action for that particular student.   Please see your course schedule for the last day to withdraw.  

Cancelled class:  Every effort will be made to announce class cancellations in a timely manner.  Unexpected cancellations will be posted on the IVCC website.  ( )You may wish to consider checking this webpage each morning before traveling to the college.  In the event that class is cancelled on an exam day, the exam will be moved to the next class day.  You may also sign up to receive text messages or emails when the college is closed for weather or emergencies (

Inclement weather:  In the event of bad weather, please listen to your local radio station for school closings.  If school has not been cancelled, use your own judgment as to the feasibility of traveling to school.   

Grading process
:  If you do not understand how I graded your work or you disagree with the number of points earned, you have the right and responsibility to initiate contact with me about the matter within 4 class days of the material being returned to you.  These matters will be discussed in my office by appointment.    

Graded materials
:  You are to keep all graded materials for this course until after you receive your final grade.  If there is a clerical error, and you do not receive the grade you earned, these materials will be needed to resolve this issue.  In the absence of these materials, the professor's record will be assumed to be correct.

Special Needs Educational Support Services
:  If you are a student with a documented cognitive, physical or psychiatric disability you may be eligible for academic support services such as extended test time, texts on disc, notetaking services, etc...  If you are interested in learning if you can receive these academic support services, please contact either Tina Hardy (, or 224-0284) or Judy Mika (224-0350), or stop by the Disability Services Office in B-204.

This course syllabus is subject to change to meet the needs of the professor and/or students.