MATH 110 - Math Applications: Math in the Media

Department of Mathematics and Information Technology

Dr. Angela Berardinelli

Course Information

This course has three primary goals:

  1. To examine statements with mathematical content found in the media and learn to better understand the mathematical ideas behind those statements.
  2. To examine statements made in the media about mathematics in general and analyze representations (and misrepresentations!) of mathematics in American culture.
  3. To learn to identify these statements as they are encountered in "every day life," to be able to think critically about them, and to convey those thoughts in speech and writing.

In this context, "the media" can refer to a number of sources, including:

  • news articles (on the web, in local or national papers, in magazines),
  • newscasts (local channels, national broadcasts, recorded web videos),
  • pop culture (television programs, movies, celebrity statements),
  • social media (especially posts by "authority figures"),
  • advertising (print, TV, web),
  • and many others.

This course will require that students

  1. read/view sources provided by the instructor (as described above) and participate in class discussions about what was read/viewed,
  2. write essays analyzing representations of math in the media, and
  3. contribute to the course content by bringing sources that they encounter in "every day life."
These are the tasks which will determine a student's grade in this course.

Important Dates for Mini 4 2017

  • Tuesday, March 14 - First class
  • Monday, March 20 - Last day to add/drop
  • Tuesday, March 28 - Paper 1 Due
  • Thursday, April 20 - Paper 2 Due
  • Friday, April 21 - Last day to withdraw
  • Thursday, April 27 - Content Contributions Due
  • Thursday, May 4 - Paper 3 Due and Last day of class

Grading Information

If you have a weighted average of at least... You will earn a(n):
94% A
90% B+
84% B
78% C+
70% C
65% D+
60% D

You must submit two content contributions, each worth 5% of your grade.

You must submit three papers, each worth 20% of your grade.

The remaining 30% of your grade comes from class discussion.