COMP LIT 65/MATH 5
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READING AND STUDY GUIDE
The Course Reader
Table of Contents
For ease of reference, here is the table of contents of the Course Reader that has been assembled for the course and can be purchased from Wheelock Books.
Reading/Math Homework Schedule
You should keep up to date in your readings by following the week-by-week schedule given here. The best place to start is with the manuscript A Matter of Time by Lahr & Pastor. It discusses and refers to selections from the course reader that you then can look up.
Solutions of Math Problems
Here are step-by-step solutions of the math problems that are given as exercises in each unit of the textbook manuscript A Matter of Time by Lahr & Pastor. They were worked out in great detail by Bisserka Williams of the Math Department. Because the book has been modified a bit since then, the page references may not be correct, or some of the problems may be in a different order; but this should not cause difficulty. Try the exercises first on your own, then check your answers against the solutions when they are posted here. If you are having trouble, meet with the tutor for the course.
Here we will post additional information about the exams.
- Hour Exams 1 and 2: In the exam, you may use a hand-written 3x5 note card for math formulas, but you may not use notes of any other kind.
- Hour Exam 1: Covers textbook units I-IV (through Monday, Jan. 22). There will be five questions, four that each ask you to write a short paragraph from the non-math-problem material (warning: these questions may involve "meta-mathematical" issues!); and one that asks you to solve a few math problems like those in the homework, in multiple choice format. Some sample math problems are:
- Suppose a moon completes its orbit around a planet once every sqrt(3) days, and the planet completes its orbit around its sun once every 10 days. After how many whole number of days do their cycles coincide: A. 10sqrt(3), B. 10, C. 20, D. 1732, E. None of the above. Ans. E
- Suppose there are 420.5 days in a solar year, and suppose further that the lunisolar calendar has 410 days. Then how many 35-day months are intercalated and in what period? A. 1 month every 3 years, B. 2 months every 7 years, C. 3 months every 10 years, D. 21 months every 60 years, E. None of the above. Ans. C
- The sum of the geometric series 4/5 + 16/25 + 64/125 + ... is: A. 4/5, B. 1, C. 4, D. 5, E. None of the above. Ans. C
- The sum of the geometric series 1 + 1/3 + 1/9 + 1/27 + ... is: A. 2, B. 3/2, C. 1, D. 1/2, E. None of the above. Ans. B
- Hour Exam 2: Covers textbook units V-VII (through Wednesday, Feb. 7). There will be five questions, four that each ask you to write a short paragraph from the non-math-problem material (warning: these questions may involve "meta-mathematical" issues!); and one that asks you to solve a few math problems like those in the homework, in multiple choice format. Some sample math problems are:
- Final Paper: In seven to ten pages (plus end-notes on a separate page), with one-inch margins, and in 12-point Times font, double-spaced, write a library research paper on one of the topics in the "Topics for Final Paper" handout. Hand in your paper by 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 10, the first day of final exams. Take it to Dwight Lahr's office, 341 Kemeny. Be sure to attach your draft (marked up by Jane Whittington):