# SPEA Math Camp

**Course Description Fall 2009 **

Welcome to math camp ! Math camp is an intensive review of
some basic concepts of algebra and

geometry and a tiny bit of calculus. The purpose of this short and intensive
course is to prepare you for

SPEA masters classes that require some basic background in mathematics. These
courses include

economics, statistics, cost/benefit analysis, and others. Mastering some basic
mathematical concepts will

help you to perform successfully in these classes. Math camp is specially
designed for those students

who have not taken a math class in a very long time and need a refresher course
or who feel that they

might need extra help mastering some basic mathematical concepts.

The good news about this class is that it is ungraded—so you don’t have to worry
about studying for tests

or agonizing over making sure that you get your A. Hopefully this will allow you
to be relaxed and to focus

on putting these concepts into your long- term memories rather than your
short-term memories. This

doesn’t mean, however, that you will not have homework. Every day you will have
some homework

exercises to work that we will evaluate the next day.

We will meet every day for a week—Monday through Friday. We will meet from
approximately 9:00 a.m.

to 1:00 p.m. In class, we will have lectures and in-class exercises. We will
also have guest appearances

from faculty members who will tell us how the mathematical concepts we have been
discussing will be

helpful in your future classes and in public affairs and environmental science
in general. After class, you

are encouraged to stick around SPEA to work on your homework. You can work in
the Atrium or in the

Business/SPEA library. Every evening after class, the TAs will be available for
a couple hours in order to

answer any questions you might have. Feel free to drop by during this time.

**Basic Class Schedule—All sessions 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. are MANDATORY**

Monday | |

8:00-9:00 a.m. | Registration/Welcome breakfast |

9:00-10:30 a.m. | Introduction of new material |

10:30-11:00 a.m. | Faculty guest speaker |

11:00-11:15 a.m. | Break |

11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. | Lecture and in-class exercises |

4:00-6:00 p.m. | TA Office hours and homework help |

Tuesday-Thursday | |

9:00-10:30 a.m. | Introduction of new material |

10:30-11:00 a.m. | Faculty guest speaker |

11:00-11:15 a.m. | Break |

11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. | Lecture and in-class exercises |

4:00-6:00 p.m. | TA Office hours and homework help |

Friday | |

9:00-10:30 a.m. | Introduction of new material |

10:30-11:00 a.m. | Faculty guest speaker |

11:00-11:15 a.m. | Break |

11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. | Lecture and in-class exercises |

12:45-2:00 p.m. | Luncheon provided by MPA/MSES Program Office |

4:00-6:00 p.m. | TA Office hours and homework help |

**Topics Covered
Monday**

Roots and exponents

Fractions

Polynomials (adding, subtracting , multiplying, and dividing)

Percent change

Summation

**Tuesday**

Solving quadratic equations

Solving systems of equations

**Wednesday**

Functions and Graphing

Logarithmic and exponential functions

**Thursday**

Derivatives

Integration

**Friday**

Word Problems

Applications problems

**Textbook**

There is no required textbook for this class. We will be
providing you with a course packet that includes

class notes and exercises. These notes will be the foundations for the daily
lectures.

If you want to do further reading on the subject, these
are some basic textbooks that might be helpful. A

few suggestions are below. Or you can just check out a book from the library.

Sullivan, Michael. College Algebra (7th edition). Prentice Hall .

Lial, Margaret L, John Hornsby, and David Schneider. College Algebra (9th
edition). Addison Wesley .

Waner & Costenoble. Finite Mathematics (2nd edition). Brooks & Cole.

Barnett, Raymond A., Michael R. Ziegler and Karl E. Byleen
(2004) Finite Mathematics for Business,

Economics, Life Sciences and Social Sciences (10th edition), Prentice Hall .

Gaur, Ajai S., Sanjaya S. Gaur.Statistical Methods for
Practice And Research: A Guide to Data Analysis

Using Spss, Sage Publications.

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