Georgia Perimeter College – Lawrenceville Campus
Math 1101 – Introduction to Mathematical Modeling
Syllabus – Fall Semester 2003


Credit Hours:  3

Instructor: Mr. John Weber

First Day of Class18 August 2003

Office: 2GUC-3080

Midpoint of Semester: 15 October 2003

Office Phone: 678.407.5275

Last day of Class5 December 2003

Department Phone: 678.407.5217

Section 406: MWF 10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m., Rm: 1GUC 1900
Section 402: TR
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Rm: 1GUC 1920



Office Hours:
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Other Hours by Appointment

I encourage you to take advantage of office hours. Often there is not sufficient time in class to ensure that every student understands the material presented. Clearing up a small problem early will often avoid much confusion later on. Please do not hesitate to contact me for assistance. If office hours are not convenient for you, please call me. I am often able to answer questions over the phone and it is no inconvenience to me. I would like to help you pass this course, but I cannot help if you do not ask.

I also encourage you to form 'study groups'. These groups can help you understand the homework assignments and to prepare for tests.

Prerequisites: Placement into college-level mathematics.

Text: Connally, J., Hughes-Hallett, J., Gleason, J., et. al. Functions modeling change, 2nd Ed. (Required).

Other Materials: The TI-83 graphing calculator is required.

Course Description: This course uses graphical, numerical, symbolic, and verbal techniques to describe and explore real-world data and phenomena. Emphasis is on the use of elementary functions (linear, quadratic, exponential, and logarithmic) to investigate and analyze applied problems and questions, supported by the use of appropriate technology, and on the effective communication of quantitative concepts and results. Functions introduced through applications are the main focus of the course. This course is intended for non-science majors.

Expected Educational Results

Course Evaluation: Tests, exams, assignments, projects and the final grade of the course will be calculated as follows:




Total Points













Final Exam








Grading Scale:





90% - 100%

1080 - 1200


80% - 90%

960 - 1079


70% - 80%

840 - 959


60% - 70%

720 - 839


below 60%

below 720


Tentative Test Dates – Section 402:   

Tentative Test Dates – Section 406:

9 September 2003

8 September 2003

30 September 2003

29 September 2003

14 October 2003

13 October 2003

4 November 2003

3 November 2003

25 November 2003

24 November 2003

Final Exam Dates:
Section 402: Monday, 8 December 2003, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 a.m.
Section 406: Thursday, 11 December 2003, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 a.m.

Assignments and Projects:
You should read the appropriate section of your test prior to class. Weekly homework assignments are due at the beginning of the first class of each week. Two Projects (the due dates are negotiable) will be assigned independently of the normal class work. Students will be asked to submit a written report for each project.

Make-up Work:
You are responsible for all work. No late homework assignments will be accepted for any reason. Projects may be handed in late; there will be a 20% penalty for each calendar day the project is late.

Missed Test Policy:
No make-up tests will be given unless prior arrangements are made. If you discover that you will be absent on the test day due to illness or other emergency, please leave me a message using one of the phone numbers listed above. Test corrections are NOT permitted for make-up tests. Make-up tests MUST be taken within one (1) week of the original test date, otherwise a grade of 0 will be assigned for the test.

Daily Schedule and Assignments

Attendance Policy:
Attendance will be taken at each class meeting. At midpoint, any student whose average is below 60 and who has missed more than three class meetings up to the midpoint of the semester will be withdrawn with a "W" from the class. Attendance will not be used in determining final grades.


Students who are taking English 1102 are strongly encouraged to register for and take the Regents' Test.  You may register for the test even after drop/add is over in many cases. See a counselor to register.

When a student accrues 30 semester hours he/she MUST register for both parts of the test.  Students have two attempts to pass each part.  Students who do not pass in two attempts must take the appropriate remediation class(es).

If a student accrues 45 semester hours and has not passed both parts of the test, he/she MUST take remediation, which takes precedence over any other class.  A student in this category may not register for collegiate classes unless registered for the remediation classes required.

When you register for the Regents' Test, DO NOT FORGET TO GO TO THE TEST ON THE PRESCRIBED DATE.

During the semester you register for the test, there will be free prep sessions offered by Reading and English teachers at GPC Rockdale. Take advantage of these sessions.  More students pass on the first attempt who have attended a prep session.

Cheating Policy:
All student work must be that of the student submitting the work unless otherwise noted. Projects completed with partners or as small groups should be so noted with all names indicated on the papers. The giving or receiving of help from notes or another person during exams or tests may result in a grade of zero for this work and/or a grade of "F" in the course, and/or referral to the campus disciplinary committee for penalty, which may include suspension for the College. See Academic Honesty policy.

Americans with Disabilities Act Statement
If you are a student who is disabled as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act and require assistance or support services, please seek assistance through the Center for Disability Services. A CDS Counselor will coordinate those activities.

Center for Disability Services "ADA"
Students with a documented disability who require support services are encouraged to contact the counselors at the Center for Disability Services to determine whether they qualify for support services (tutors, interpreters, notetakers, and classroom modifications).  Please contact the Center at (404)-299-4038.

Equal Opportunity Statement
No person shall, on the grounds of race, color, sex, religion, creed, national origin, age or disability, be excluded from employment or participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any program of activity conducted by Georgia Perimeter College.

Statement of Non-discrimination
Georgia Perimeter College
supports the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order #11246, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. No person shall, on the basis of age, race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin or disability, be excluded from participation in, or be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity of the college.

Any individual with a grievance related to the enforcement of any of the above provisions should contact the Assistant Director of Human Resources, Ombudsperson.

Students are expected to withdraw themselves if they feel they cannot complete the course. Withdrawal forms are available in the Center's Office. Withdrawals must be completed before the above stated midpoint date to receive a grade of "W" from the class.

Please note that this syllabus provides a general outline for the semester and changes or adaptations may be required.

Math 1101 Section _______ Fall Semester, 2003

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