**Math 1190 Fundamentals of
Mathematics I**

**Fall Semester 2014****,
Section 01
**

**Course Instructor: Professor ****Solomon
Friedberg**

This course
meets in Campion Hall, Room 302, MWF 10 a.m.
Attendance at all classes is required.

Reading and Homework Assignments |

Special Project Assignment |

Syllabus (includes information on office hours and extra help) |

**Course description** for Math 1190 (from the Mathematics
Department web site):

Math 1190-1191 is a course sequence designed for those who plan to teach mathematics in grades K-8. The emphasis is on building conceptual understanding of the mathematics present in the emerging K-8 curriculum and on deepening content knowledge. Number and number systems through the real number system will be studied; functions and the structure of algebra will be developed. Problem solving and reasoning, applications, and making connections will be featured.

We will focus on mathematics
at the elementary school level. Our goal will be to
develop the pedagogical content knowledge necessary to succeed
in teaching mathematics in elementary school. We will also
learn how to present this material so that it is good
preparation for the topics that come in later grades.
Unfortunately, many teachers find that students in higher grades
have not mastered this material; even BC students who have gone
off to teach in high school have reported it as extremely useful
to them. This course will focus on numbers and arithmetic.
Please note that pedagogical content knowledge related to
geometry is also necessary to be well-prepared to teach.
This is covered in MT1191, and students are strongly advised to
include that class in their schedules for the Spring 2015
semester.

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**Textbooks**: There are two required textbooks for this
course.

1. __Mathematics for Elementary Teachers With Activities__
(Fourth Edition) by Sybilla Beckmann

2. __Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics__ by
Liping Ma. The Anniversary Edition is in the bookstore, but
a prior edition will also be fine.

**Examination Dates**: Please note that full information
about the grading policy for this course may be found in the
syllabus (see link above).

Hour Exam Dates (tentative): Monday, October 6 and Monday, November 10.

The Final Examination
for Math 1190, Section 01
is on Monday, December 15, 2014
at 9:00 a.m.

__ Important__: The
date and time of the final examination is fixed by the Registrar
and may not be changed.

SOME USEFUL LINKS

1. The key development in mathematics education of the
last few years has been the adoption of the **Common Core
Mathematics Standards** by most of the United
States. (You can also find an L.A. Times op-ed I wrote
about this here.)

2.
One
requirement for elementary certification in Massachusetts is
passing the Mathematics Subtest. Here is a practice
test.

3.
Here is the Massachusettts Department of Elementary and
Secondary Education's Guidelines
for the Mathematical Preparation of Elementary Teachers.

5. Here is a provocative article that came out this summer in the New York Times magazine, entitled "Why do Americans stink at math?". And here is a criticism by Tom Loveless of that article. And a thoughtful response "Americans stink at math but we can fix that" by Prof. Hung-Hsi Wu which appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle. And a criticism of the article by a Japanese educator, Manabu Watanabe.

Last revised: December 9, 2014. Copyright 2014 by Dr. Solomon Friedberg. All rights reserved.