Csm154 Syllabus

CSM 154: Mathematics Technology - Syllabus Spring 2007

Section 01: MW 10-10:50 ; F 10-11:40 (O-125)

Dr. Richard Di Dio
O-237, x1792; ude.ellasal|oidid#ude.ellasal|oidid; www.lasalle.edu/~didio
Office Hrs: Office hrs: MW 11-11:50 & 1:30-2:30; Th 12-1 + by appt.

Electronic Communication

  • All class information, including news, labs, assignments, exam news, class notes, etc., will be available through WebCT
  • E-mailing must be done through WebCT
  • It is your responsibility to check the class site daily!

Course Description

CSM 154 is an introduction to the use of technology as a tool for solving problems in mathematics, learning mathematics and building mathematical conjectures. The technology includes electronic spreadsheets, a Computer Algebra System (CAS), and a graphing calculator. In addition to straightforward use of these tools, programming within all three environments will be covered, including spreadsheet macros, structured CAS programming, and calculator programming. Numerous on-line mathematics resources (e.g. applets) will also be featured.

CSM 154 also serves as a “computer literacy” course in which students learn details of the La Salle computing environment as well as Fundamental Computer Concepts, Operating Systems, File Management, Word-processing, Spreadsheets, Presentations, WebPages, Information Literacy, Object Linking and Embedding, and Legal and ethical issues.

Mathematical topics include

  • Functions in 1-variable - polynomials, rationals, transcendentals
  • Implicitly defined functions
  • Methods for finding Function roots
  • Differential & Integral Calculus
  • Recursion
  • Differential Equations
  • Sequences and series
  • Functions of 2-variables
  • 3-D plotting
  • Systems of Linear and non-linear equations
  • Matrix Algebra


  • MS Excel, Maple 9.5, TI-89 (required of all math, math/ed majors), Jump drive


  • Calculator manual & Online Resources


  • On-line Computer Concept Quizzes (total of 8 – automatic 16% of class grade with passing rate of
  • 75% for each quiz, which can be taken multiple times)
  • Lab Quizzes (approx. 8), worth 16% of final grade. (Lowest score dropped)
  • Two Semester Exams, each worth 14% of final grade
  • Cumulative Final, worth 20% of the final grade. Counted as 34% and lowest semester test dropped if beneficial
  • Projects (approx. 5-6), worth 20% of final grade
  • Grade Ranges:
<60 60 64 68 72 76 80 83.3 86.6 90 93.3
F D D+ C- C C+ B- B B+ A- A


  • Exams are on-line
  • Calculator borrowing during an exam is not permitted
  • Plagiarizing during exams/quizzes, or on projects will result in a failing grade in the course for all parties concerned
  • The final exam will be cumulative. There will be no exemptions from final.
  • No make-up semester exams given. One missed exam will count as the drop test. Missing more than one semester exam, or not taking the final exam, will result in failure of the course.


  • Excel, Maple, or Excel/Word or Maple/Word reports
  • 50% late penalty/day


  • More than two unexcused absences/late arrivals will result in no ‘benefit of the doubt’ when grades are borderline. (Where borderline = 0.5 below grade threshold)
  • Missing more than one exam, or the final exam, will result in a non-passing grade
  • Overall Grade is reduced on a pro-rated basis if calculator or any other required materials not brought to class

Important Dates

  • Last date for pass/fail option: Monday 2/2/2007
  • Last date for withdrawal: Tuesday, 3/22/2007. Please consult me if you considering this option.


  • Cell Phones off!!!
  • No personal Internet activity (e.g. instant messaging, surfing) during computer lab sessions
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