Course Lecturer Name(s): Dr Winthrop Wiltshire
Course Director Name: Dr Winthrop Wiltshire
Course Lecturer(s) Contact Information: 1 473 444 4175 EXT. 3820
Course Director Contact Information: Same as above
Course Lecturer(s) Office Hours: Mondays 11.30 am  12.30 pm and 2 pm  4 pm, Tuesdays 11.30 am 12.30 pm, Wednesdays 10 am 12pm and 1.30 pm – 2.30 pm, Thursdays, 11.30 am – 12.30 am
Course Director Office Hours: Same as above
Course Lecturer(s) Office Location: Second Floor, Caribbean House
Course Director Office Location: Same as above
Course Support: Anna Neckles Thomas email: anecklesthomas@sgu.edu
Course Management tool: To learn to use Sakai, the Course management tool, access the link https://apps.sgu.edu/members.nsf/mycoursesintro.pdf
Course Description:
This course provides biology majors and premed students with the mathematical tools to able them to cope with the basic mathematical concepts encountered in their physics and chemistry courses. The course explores topics such as: Exponents, Logarithms, Scientific notation, Measurement and Dimensional Analysis, Significant Figures, Ratios and Proportions, Algebraic Expressions, Linear and Simultaneous Equations and their graphical representations, Changing the subject of the formula, Quadratic Equations, Geometry of triangles, circles and other geometric figures, Basic Trigonometry, Vectors and Scalars, Introduction to Statistics.
Course Objectives:
Students with ability to:
1.0 Demonstrate knowledge of the rules governing exponents;
2.0 Convert a logarithm to an exponent and an exponent to a logarithm
3.0 Apply knowledge of logarithms and exponents to solve pH problems in chemistry;
4.0 Convert one unit of measurement to another;
5.0 Demonstrate proper use of significant figures;
6.0 Make calculations involving ratios and proportions;
7.0 Balance chemical equations based on understanding of ratios and proportions;
8.0 Simplify algebraic expressions;
9.0 Solve linear and simultaneous equations;
10.0 Factorize quadratic expressions and solve quadratic equations;
11.0 Change the subject of an algebraic formula;
12.0 Perform calculations in geometry;
13.0 Solve problems in trigonometry involving sine, cosine and tangent;
14.0 Distinguish between vectors and scalars and perform calculations involving vectors;
15.0 Determine the mean, medium, mode and standard deviation in any data set.
Student Learning Outcomes:
Students expected to be able to:
1.0 Demonstrate knowledge of the rules governing Exponents: The Product rule, the Quotient rule, the Power rule, the Negative Exponent rule and the Zero Exponent rule;
2.0 Covert an exponent to a logarithm, and a logarithm to an exponent;
3.0 Demonstrate ability to use knowledge of exponents and logarithms to solve pH problems in chemistry;
4.0 Convert one unit of measurement to another using dimensional analysis;
5.0 Demonstrate proper use of significant figures in relation to measured quantities;
6.0 Make calculations involving ratios and proportions;
7.0 Use knowledge of ratios and proportions to make quantitative deductions from balanced chemical equations;
8.0 Simplify algebraic expressions;
9.0 Solve linear and simultaneous equations;
10.0 Factorize quadratic expressions and solve quadratic equations;
11.0 Change the subject of any given formula;
12.0 Perform calculations in Geometry involving circles, triangles and other geometric figures;
13.0 Solve trigonometric problems involving sine, cosine and tangent;
14.0 Differentiate vectors from scalars and perform calculations involving vectors;
15.0 Determine mean, median, mode and standard deviation of any data set.
Program Outcomes Met By This Course:
BIOL 6: Demonstrate problem solving and critical thinking skills
SAS Grading Scale: Grades will be assigned as follows:
A = 89.5% or better
B+ = 84.5  89.4%
B = 79.5  84.4%
C+ = 74.5  79.4%
C = 69.5  74.4%
D = 64.5  69.4%
F = 64.4% or less
Course Materials:
Text: Thinking Mathematically by Robert Blitzer
Supplementary Readings/Resources: Khan Academy.com and similar internet sources
Course Grading Requirement:
Five quizzes worth 25 per cent of the course grade, a midterm exam worth 35 percent of the course grade, and a final exam worth 40 percent of the course grade. Course Requirements:
N/A
Course Schedule:
Week 1 
Jan 18 
Introduction to Math 131. Units of Measurement, Significant Figures, 

Jan 20 
Conversion of Units, Dimensional Analysis 
Week 2 
Jan 25 Jan 28 
Measurement (continued) Exponents and Logarithms 
Week 3 
Feb 1 
Exponents and Logarithms 

Feb 3 
Exponents and Logarithms[continued] 
Week 4 
Feb 8 
Quiz 1. 

Feb 10 
Ratios and Proportions 
Week 5 
Feb 15 Feb 17 
Algebraic Expressions, Linear and Simultaneous Algebraic Equations 
Week 6 
Feb 22 Feb 23 
Changing the subject of the formula

Week 7 
Mar 1 Mar 3 
Quiz 2. Revision for Midterm Exams 
Week 8 
Mar 7  11 
MIDTERM EXAM 
Week 9 
Mar 15 Mar 17 
Quadratic Equations

Week 10 
Mar 22 Mar 24 
Geometry

Week 11 
Mar.29 
Quiz 3 

Mar 31 
Trigonometry 
Week 12 
Apr 5 Apr 7 
Trigonometry (continued)

Week 13 
Apr 12 Apr 14 
Quiz 4 Vectors 
Week 14 
Apr 19 Apr 21 
Introduction to Statistics

Week 15 
Apr 26 Apr 28 
Quiz 5 Revision for Final Exam 
Week 16 
May 2 – 6 
FINAL EXAMS 
School of Arts and Sciences Master Syllabi — Info for All Sections
Academic Integrity
The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:
“Plagiarism is regarded as a cardinal offense in academia because it constitutes theft of the work of someone else, which is then purported as the original work of the plagiarist. Plagiarism draws into disrepute the credibility of the Institution, its faculty, and students; therefore, it is not tolerated” (p. 48).
Plagiarism also includes the unintentional copying or false accreditation of work, so double check your assignments BEFORE you hand them in.
Be sure to do good, honest work, credit your sources and reference accordingly and adhere to the University’s Honor Code. Plagiarism and cheating will be dealt with very seriously following the university’s policies on Plagiarism as outlined in the Student Manual.
Your work may be subject to submission to plagiarism detection software, submission to this system means that your work automatically becomes part of that database and can be compared with the work of your classmates.
The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:
“Students are expected to attend all classes and or clinical rotations for which they have registered. Although attendance may not be recorded at every academic activity, attendance may be taken randomly. Students’ absence may adversely affect their academic status as specified in the grading policy. If absence from individual classes, examinations, and activities, or from the University itself is anticipated, or occurs spontaneously due to illness or other extenuating circumstances, proper notification procedures must be followed. A particular course may define additional policies regarding specific attendance or participation” (p. 9).
The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:
“All matriculated students are expected to attend all assigned academic activities for each course currently registered. Medical excuses will be based on selfreporting by students. Students who feel they are too sick to take an examination or other required activity on a specific day must submit the online SAS medical excuse, which is available on Carenage. Students are only allowed two such excuses a year. Upon consultation with the Director of University Health Service, the third excuse will result in a mandatory medical leave of absence. The policies regarding makeup examinations are at the option of the Course Director” (p.46).
For additional specific examination policies and procedures, refer to the St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020), pages 31 through 37.
The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:
“A student with a disability or disabling condition that affects one or more major life activities, who would like to request an accommodation, must submit a completed application form and supporting documentation to the Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services (SAAS) located in the Dean of Students Office. It is highly recommended that students applying for accommodations do so at least one month before classes begin to allow for a more efficient and timely consideration of the request. If a fully completed application is not submitted in a timely fashion, an eligibility determination may not be made, and accommodations, where applicable, may not be granted prior to the commencement of classes and/or examinations” (p. 8).
It is the responsibility of the student to read and understand the policies, laws, rules and procedures that while they could affect your grade for a course, have not been specifically outlined in the course syllabus. These are contained in the St. George’s University Student Manual.