Welcome to Week Three

Introductory Algebra and Unit Conversions (MATH103)

Weekly Material

This week we're going to be covering two different topics. The first half of the readings cover some basic algebra techniques that can be used to solve equations; the second half discusses ratios and proportions and how they can be used to solve real world problems like converting between units.

Weekly Motivation

[I do not] carry such information in my mind since it is readily available in books. ...The value of a college education is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think. [1]
-- Albert Einstein

Think about how Einstein's observation applies to your own education. Most students who are working on a college degree are doing it for the specific goal if improving their job prospects but Einstein's comment encourages us to think about the bigger picture. What do we get from education beyond mere factual knowledge? How can we benefit from taking classes that aren't immediately relevant to our short term goals? What can we do to position ourselves for a future whose needs we can't predict?

[1] In response to a question about not knowing the speed of sound, Einstein: His Life and Times (1947) Philipp Frank, p. 185

Assignment Schedule

Discussion (Measurements Systems) The discussion of measurement systems will be our only required discussion this week.

MML Homework/Quiz You have a homework assignment and a quiz that must be completed on the MML website. This homework assignment can be attempted multiple times so if you aren't satisfied with your grade on your first attempt, you should continue working on the assignment until your grade gets to where you want it to be. The quiz can only be attempted once.

Portfolio Project This week we're going to start working on the PowerPoint presentation that you'll submit as your final project. You can find a summary of what's due for each week in the Week 2 Activities area. I've put some additional information on this week's part of the assignment in the Week Three Notes post in the discussion board.