MATH 105: Mathematics in Modern Society


Professor/Lecturer: Dr. Bruce Bayly

Office: Math Building, room 613 Email:

Phone: 621-4766 (forwards to cell; leave message)


Textbook: Excursions in Modern Mathematics by Peter Tannenbaum, UA custom edition with financial section at end.


Office hours: Monday 12:30 2:30 in office Math613, Friday 12:30 2:30 in Math Center library Math220. I will also be available in the open access tutoring room Math East 145 on Wednesday 1:00 2:00, but it may be more difficult to get me alone.


Web page: I will be setting up a course web page for course information, updates and changes to policy, syllabus, homework solution sets, exam solutions, and other supplementary material. The URL will be


You should make a point of visiting the web page frequently.


Homework: I will assign and collect homework, but I am sorry to say I will not be able to give detailed attention to every solution. I will mostly be checking that you made a serious attempt to do the problems as best you can. I will post solutions to assigned problems on the course web page. There will be 10 assignments each worth 10 points.


Exams: There will be four in-class exams, all on Wednesdays: 13 September, 11 October, 8 November, and 29 November. Each in-class exam will be worth 100 points. The Final exam, worth 200 points, will be on Monday 11 December from 11a.m. -1 p.m..


Project: There will be a project worth 50 points in the Statistics section.


Course grade: All points from homework, quizzes, and exams will be added together, and the result divided by the total possible. Final percentages above 90, 80, 70, or 60 guarantee letter grades of A, B, C, or D respectively. I may revise these cutoffs downward if the exams end up being unduly lengthy or difficult.