Contemporary Mathematics Syllabus for 2021-2022
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Engineering 201A

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MATH-1332-005 Contemporary Mathematics


Prerequisite:Scores on a state-approved test indicating college-level math skills Corequisite: MATH 0332  

Course Description

Intended for Non STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) majors.  Topics include introductory treatments of sets and logic, financial mathematics, probability and statistics with appropriate applications.  Number sense, proportional reasoning, estimation, technology, and communication should be embedded throughout the course.  Additional topics may be covered.

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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

Class Type

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


Required: MyMathLab access code

Optional: Thinking Mathematically, 7th ed., by Robert Blitzer, Pearson Publishing Company

Note:  The physical textbook for this course is optional.  Daily homework will be completed online using MyMathLab, where an electronic version of the text is accessible.  Please purchase a student access kit from the Amarillo College Bookstore.


MyMathLab code

Access to computer and internet

3-ring binder that will hold the work and notes for Math 1332

Graphing calculator or may load calculator app to your phone (calculator 84)

Calculators are available to check out on the 4th floor of Ware Student Commons.  Students must show their schedule and that they are registered for a class that requires a graphing calculator.  The calculator must be returned at the end of the semester or the student will be required to replace the calculator with a new TI-84.

Students need access to a computer with a reliable internet connection to complete online homework assignments and access to a printer to print course materials.

Students need an official Amarillo College student ID to scan into the Academic Success Center - Math (Outreach Center) and Testing Center, while open.  It is recommended that you use the virtual tutoring with the access code that will be given to you the first week.

Student Performance

After completing this course, the student will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the following topics:

1.  Apply the language and notation of sets.

2.  Use the tools of logic to determine the validity of an argument or statement.

3.  Solve problems in mathematics of finance.

4.  Demonstrate fundamental probability techniques and apply those techniques to solve problems.

5.  Interpret and analyze various representations of data.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Log in using the AC Connect Portal

In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at .

If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

The WARE Underground is open on the Washington Street campus with computer access and tech support for your personal devices.  The hours for the WARE Underground will be M-F:  8am - 5pm and on Sundays from 1pm -5pm.

Amarillo College Tutoring for Success Policy:

The Tutoring for Success policy applies to any student whose grade or performance in the course fails below a departmentally determined minimum threshold.  In either of those cases, the instructor will direct the student to the appropriate tutoring services, which may be faculty-led, discipline=specific departmental guidelines governing the use, duration, and grade component of the tutoring need.

Student Responsibilities:  Students are expected to be ON TIME, PREPARED and PARTICIPATE DURING CLASS in a positive manner.  Students are expected to read the syllabus and to sign and turn in a course contract before the first exam can be taken by the student.  Disruptive behavior includes, but is not limited to the following:  the use of cellular phones, texting, making offensive remarks, talking, use of personal music systems, doing homework or other personal projects during class time, or engaging in any other form of distraction.  For a full discussion of appropriate behavior and student responsibilities, please refer to the student Rights & Responsibilities Handbook Http://  Students who fail to comply with the standards outlined in the syllabus and/or Student Rights & Responsibilities will be subject to disciplinary action.

Food/Drink:  It is the policy of the Mathematics & Engineering Department that food and drink be allowed in the classroom setting, at the instructor's discretion.  Food and drink are not allowed in the computer labs or in classrooms when laptop computers are in use by the student.

Phones/Pagers:  It is the policy of the Mathematics, Engineering, Drafting, & Data Science Department that cell phones and pagers must be turned off or in silent mode in the classrooms and the computer labs.

Videos/Photos:  Students must receive instructor consent before taking pictures or videos of the instructor's work or lessons.

Policy on Cheating and Plagiarism:  Plagiarism and cheating will not be tolerated in any math course at Amarillo College.  Cheating includes, but is not limited to, copying from another student's paper or using any unauthorized sources of information while taking an exam or quiz.  On the first day of class, you will be required to sign and date a Course Contract.  Included in the contract is the following statement.  "I fully understand that if I cheat, or attempt to cheat, on any test I will receive an automatic "F" in the course.  This grade will go on my permanent transcript and cannot be removed.  Cheating includes the use of cell phone calculators, the illegal use of books, notes, cell phones, and copying.  Cheating also includes helping, or attempting to help, other students to cheat on a test."  You will not be allowed to take your tests until this contract is signed and on file in your instructor's office.  Please note:  NO CELL PHONES in the Testing Room.  If we see your cell phone out AT ANY TIME, FOR ANY REASON, while in the testing room, YOU WILL RECEIVE an "F" for the course!

Grading Criteria

Attendance:  Regular attendance is necessary for satisfactory achievement.  Therefore, it is the responsibility of the student to attend class and be on time for daily attendance check.  Nonattendance will be recorded as an absence and no differentiation will be made as to excused or unexcused absences.

Students arriving more than 10 minutes late or leaving class early, prior to instructor dismissal, will be marked absent.  Students will be allowed to miss one class day with no penalty, and then 3 points will be deducted (from the attendance grade) for each absence after the first.

Homework:  Daily homework will be completed online using MyMathLab and will be graded automatically.  Due dates will be posted on the My Math Lab website.  Please note that NO LATE HOMEWORK WILL BE ACCEPTED.  The two lowest homework grades will be dropped.

Test Reviews:  Reviews will be assigned before each major exam and must be turned into the testing center before being allowed to complete the exam.

Exams:  Four chapter exams and one comprehensive final exam, each in the testing center, will be given throughout the course.  Testing is not to be done during class time.  No late exams will be given, no matter the reason.  If you know in advance that you will be gone during the assigned exam dates, you MUST make arrangements with your instructor to take the exam EARLY.  At the end of the semester, your final exam grade will replace your lowest exam grade if it is higher.

If you score below a 70 on an exam, you will be required to spend at least one hour receiving help in the Academic Success Center-Math (Math Outreach Center) or through a Virtual Online Tutoring session before you will be allowed to take the next exam.  Documentation of your time spent in the Academic Success Center - Math (Math Outreach Center) or the Virtual Online Tutoring session must be given to your instructor through online notification before you will be allowed to take your next exam.

Final Exam:  The final exam is comprehensive and must be completed by the assigned due date.

Grading Policy: Percentages: Grading Scale Grade
Attendance  5% 90-100% A
Online Homework 20% 80-89% B
Exam Reviews  5% 70-79% C
Major Exams (4 @ 12.5% each)  50% 60-69% D
Final Exam  20% Below 60% F


*See attendance policy in "Grading Criteria" section above.

If you are absent for any reason, YOU are responsible for obtaining the assignments and notes.  Remember that the deadline for withdrawing from this class is May 3, 2021.

Students now have to visit with the instructor and complete a drop request form before being allowed to withdraw from a course.  It is the student's responsibility to obtain additional signatures and turn the form into the registrar once the instructor has signed it.  Deadline for letting me know you want to drop is 5:00 pm on May 2nd.  If you stop attending class and your average drops below a 60 due to missed assignments and you do not officially drop the course by this deadline, you will receive an F for the course.  Note:  Late drops will NOT be given under any circumstance.


This schedule is subject to change by the instructor at any time:

1 Introduction, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4
2 2.5, Chapter 2 Exam, 3.1, 3.2
3 3.3,3.4, 3.7, Chapter 3 Exam
4 8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 8.4
5 8.5, 8.6, 8.7, Chapter 8 Exam
6 11.1, 11.2, 11.3, 11.4, Chapter 11 Exam
7 12.1, 12.2, 12.3, 12.4
8 Final Review, Final Exam   



Additional Information

Getting Started with MyMathLab

Student Access Code:  You can find the student access code in one of two ways:  (1.)  It is located in the MyMathLab kit that came wrapped with the course textbook you purchased, (2.)  You may purchase a MyMathLab Kit separate from the physical book from the AC Bookstore.

See MyMathLab registration instructions under "content" in Blackboard.

Free Help: 
If you feel yourself getting behind in class or having problems with certain concepts covered, get help immediately.  It is YOUR responsibility to get help outside of class.

The following are a few ways to get FREE help outside of class:

  1. Contact your instructor to make an appointment for help.

  2. Get free tutoring from the Academic Success Center - Math (Outreach Center) (Durrett Hall, Room 104, 371-5119).  You will need your AC ID to sign in. 
    Hours:    Monday - Friday  8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sunday closed

  3. If you need help with AC Connect, you can contact the AC Help Center at 371-5000, or via email at

  4. Smarthinking (link on the left of Bb shell)

A Note from the Instructor:  As you already know, success in a math class takes work, commitment, and perseverance. As your instructor, I am here to facilitate your efforts to reach your educational goals. I am looking forward to working with each and every one of you this semester. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need help.

COVID-19 UPDATE:  Tutoring may be completed in the Academic Success Center for Math in person on campus (Durrett Hall Room 104) or virtually by Zoom.  Find more information at

Math Academic Success Center (Durrett104 – 806.371.5119)

In-Person Tutoring
Monday – Friday: 8am – 8pm
Saturday: 9am – 8pm

Virtual Tutoring
Monday – Friday: 8am – 8pm
Saturday: 9am – 8pm

Zoom Link:

MATH TESTING CENTER RULES: An Amarillo College picture ID is required in order to take a test in the Math Lab.

  • Books can be placed in the bookshelf before you request a test but Amarillo College is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

  • Once you have begun work on a test that is considered one attempt. You cannot leave the Math Lab and return to finish that test at a later time.

  • In the testing room, please do not sit by someone with the same colored test. All purses must be on the floor.

  • The Math Lab will not hand out a test less than one hour before closing time.

  • The Math Lab personnel will pick up your test five minutes prior to closing time.

  • The Math Lab hours are posted on the outside door and in this syllabus.

  • Please come prepared. If you do not have a pencil, you may purchase one from the Math Lab for 25 cents.  Please bring exact change. Pens are not allowed on any test.

  • Childcare arrangements must be made prior to testing. Children may not accompany students into testing room or be left unattended anywhere on campus.


  • Cell phones must be turned off as not to disturb other students who are testing. NO CELL PHONES in the Testing Room. If we see your cell phone out AT ANY TIME, FOR ANY REASON, while in the testing room, YOU WILL RECEIVE an "F" for the course!

Math Testing Center (Durrett 103 – 806.371.5088)
Monday – Thursday: 8am – 9pm
Friday:  8am – 8pm
Saturday: 9am – 8pm
No test handed out less than an hour before closing

Syllabus Created on:

03/07/22 12:53 PM

Last Edited on:

03/07/22 10:12 PM