Math 160 I
- Bob Matthews (email
- Office: Thompson 390 E
- Extension 3561
- Office hours (tentative)
- 3:00 - 3:50 MF
- 11:00 - 11:50 TTh
- Or by appointment.
- Office hours resume in the second week of the term.
- Email messages
are welcome, and can
be used to ask a question or to set up an appointment. My schedule is posted
- Hours marked 'O. H.' are office hours and are times when I plan to be in
- Hours marked 'OPEN' are times available for appointments (to be made in
advance). Unless I have a scheduled appointment, I may not be in my
office at those times.
- MF 2:00 - 2:50
- TTh 2:30 - 3:20
- All classes and exams are in Thompson 383
- Moore, McCabe and Craig, Introduction to the Practice of Statistics (7th
edition (standard (paperback) edition), W. H. Freeman and Company, 2012)
We will cover through chapter 9,
skipping sections as we go (please see This
Week and Next Week for details.
- Additional readings as assigned
- The final exam for Math 160 I is scheduled for Monday, December
12, from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. It will be a comprehensive two hour exam having
the weight of two hour exams. University regulations require that all
students in this section take the final exam at this date and time.
Fall 2011 Math 160 I Lecture
and Exam Schedule
The last time I taught this
Old exams for this class
A syllabus for the course will be found here.
- Three hour exams.
- A comprehensive, in-class final exam which will have the weight of two
- Homework will be assigned frequently, and homework assignments will
generally be due at least two regular class periods following the assignment
(leaving at least one day before an assignment is due to discuss any
questions or problems). From each homework set I will select several
problems to be graded. Questions on any problems (assigned or not)
are, of course, welcome. The homework will have the cumulative weight
of one hour exam. A passing grade on homework is a necessary, but not
sufficient, condition for passing the course (that is, you must have a
passing grade on the homework to pass the course)
A note on assignments:
There will be two varieties of exercises in this course.
- The first sort will be basic, generally short answer questions
usually taken from the textbook. These will be assigned generally once a
week, and will usually be 10 points.
- The second sort will call for critical analysis and professional writing.
These exercises will generally be taken from a group of textbook exercises, but
you will be asked to write as if you are writing a report. You should open
with a description of the problem (which can be, for the most part, taken from
the problem write-up(s)), moving then to respond to the individual
questions, writing as if for a formal report (and not for a homework
assignment), integrating graphs and other documents from MiniTab into the text
(use MS Word or equivalent) and not as a series of appendices. These reports should
printed out from an appropriate word processing program (such as MS Word).
These questions will generally be given greater weight than the basic type I questions.
- Late assignments are accepted with an increasing penalty until the
graded assignment is returned to the class, after which time late
assignments are not accepted. All materials must be submitted by class
time on the last day of class. Unless otherwise specified, all
assignments must be submitted in hardcopy in class.
A note on participation
Participation in class is important, and regular attendance and
participation is expected. Excessive absences will result in a reduced
grade, and, in extreme cases, will result in the student's removal from the
- A calculator will be useful for homework assignments and for review.
Calculators may be used for exams, but their use is limited to the
standard algebraic functions and (except as noted for individual exams) the
statistical functions of a calculator can not be used on exams.
- For students taking courses in mathematics, please read
Should I Use? (pdf) on the Math
Department Web Page.
A Note on Software:
We will be using Minitab throughout the semester for class work and
assignments. Minitab is available in the campus labs. Students may
purchase full copies for a semester or a year from
www.onthehub.com/minitab. The price list and general description of
academic pricing can be viewed at
Tutorials on MiniTab are available when you run MiniTab (check the HELP menu
item), and an introduction to MiniTab (available with the software can be found
by following this link.
A Note on Classroom Emergency Response Guidance:
Faculty have been asked to insert the
following in course syllabi:
Please review university emergency preparedness and response procedures posted
www.pugetsound.edu/emergency/. There is a link on the university home
page. Familiarize yourself with hall exit doors and the designated gathering
area for your class and laboratory buildings.
If building evacuation becomes
necessary (e.g. earthquake), meet your instructor at the designated gathering
area so she/he can account for your presence. Then wait for further
instructions. Do not return to the building or classroom until advised by a
university emergency response representative.
If confronted by an act of
violence, be prepared to make quick decisions to protect your safety. Flee the
area by running away from the source of danger if you can safely do so. If this
is not possible, shelter in place by securing classroom or lab doors and
windows, closing blinds, and turning off room lights. Stay low, away from doors
and windows, and as close to the interior hallway walls as possible. Wait for
- I will make every effort to return homework and exam papers no later than a week from the time they are turned in. That is, papers turned in on
a Friday should be returned no later than the following Friday.
- There are generally very few excused absences from exams. A (documentable)
illness is one (though I may not always require documentation, you should be
prepared to supply it). Lack of preparation, unless caused by a
recent (again documentable) illness can not be used for an excused
absence. Except for emergencies (accident, medical emergency, etc.) no
requests for an excused absence after the class has started working on the
exam can be
accepted. Any make-ups should be completed a few days after an exam is
taken by the class and in any case should be taken within a week of the
- Exam arrangements can be made with the
Center for Writing, Learning,
and Teaching (Howarth 105) for students
with documented learning disabilities. Formal written arrangements must be
made in advance of the day of the exam.
- We will use Moodle for PDF
files of lectures. Moodle will only be used to store these PDF files.
Assignments and other communications will be through these web pages and
- No class work will be accepted after the last day of class (Tuesday,
- A note on withdrawal dates:
(copied from the
- Withdrawal without record on the academic transcript is permissible
through the first two weeks of the fall and spring semesters when a student
completes official withdrawal procedures.
- Withdrawal Passing (W) is granted during the third through sixth
weeks of the fall and spring semesters when a student completes official
- After the sixth week of the semester, Withdrawal Failing
(WF) is given except as noted below.
- During the
seventh through twelfth weeks of the fall and spring
semesters, a grade of W may be granted by the instructor
only if all of the following conditions are met:
- (1) a
student completes official withdrawal procedures and
there have been exceptional circumstances beyond the
student's control, in which case the student must
demonstrate in writing to the satisfaction of the
instructor that exceptional circumstances exist, and
either the student's work has been of passing quality or
the exceptional circumstances have prevented the student
from completing work of passing quality. An instructor
may assign a W grade using the Faculty Withdrawal Grade
Submission Form available from the Office of the
- After the twelfth week of classes, the Academic
Standards Committee may permit a grade of W to be
assigned. The student must withdraw from the course and
submit a petition to support a claim of exceptional
circumstances. The petition must include a statement by
the course instructor on the quality of the student's
work in the course. If the petition is approved, a grade
of W is assigned. If the petition is denied, a grade of
WF is assigned.
Completing official withdrawal procedures after the last
day of regularly scheduled classes is not allowed.