Section 1: MWF, 9:1010:10, Copley 244
Section 2: MWF, 10:2011:20, Copley 205
|Instructor: Richard Hammack||
|Office: 238 Copley||
11:3012:30 Mon, Wed, Fri.
|Work: 752-7210 (and voice mail)||
1:002:00, Mon, Tue
|Home: 353-8572 (before 9:30 p.m., please)||
and by appointment
|E-mail: rhammack @rmc.edu||
This is a course in symbolic logic, a method which is used to analyze and evaluate reasoning. In symbolic logic, English phrases are represented by symbols, so that complex arguments become expressions that resemble mathematical equations. Rules are then applied to deduce conclusions or evaluate the validity of arguments.This course can make you a better person. You will probably find that it improves your reasoning skills, and enables you to more forcefully support and defend your beliefs. You should also find that after taking this course you are in a better position to critique the strengths and weaknesses of the arguments of others. In addition to being useful in everyday life, the reasoning skills you will develop are very important in academic work, and are highly valued by employers. They can also give you an edge if you take the GRE, GMAT or LSAT.
|Test #1: (Chapters 1, 4, 5)||Wednesday, March 1|
|Test #2: (Chapter 6)||Monday, March 20|
|Test #3: (Chapter 7)||Wednesday, April 19|
Each of these tests will be closed-book and closed-notes. I will write the
tests under the assumption that everyone is studying the material at least
6 hours per week outside of class.
Final Exam: The final exam is comprehensive, covering all material discussed in class. I teach two sections of this course, and each has its own final exam time. You may take the other section's final exam if you wish, provided you inform me a week in advance (so I can prepare the correct number of exams). Thus, you may take the final exam either on Thursday, May 18, 8:3011:30, or on Friday, May 19, 8:3011:30. A make-up final can be given only with the consent of the Dean's office.
No electronic devices of any type (other than watches) may be used during any test, quiz or exam.
Make-up Tests and Quizzes: I will drop your lowest test grade and several of your lowest quiz and homework grades. If you miss a test or a quiz, that is one of the grades that will be dropped. As was noted above, a make-up final can be given only with the consent of the Dean's office.
The 10-point grading scale is used:
|Your final average is computed
Attendance: I do not take attendance, but I do notice if you are not attending class. If your grades are high, I do not mind if you miss class occasionally. However, if your grades are low and you miss a lot of class, I will notify your advisor and the Dean of Students. Excessive absences can lower your participation score. As a matter of courtesy, you should arrive punctually and stay for the entire duration of each class you attend. Please inform me ahead of time if you must leave early.
I reserve the right to deduct a one- or two-point service charge on
each test that, due to an unexcused absence, is not claimed on the class day
after the test is given.
HAC: The Higgins Academic Center provided free tutoring for logic. I will announce the schedule when it becomes available. If your grade is below a C, I require you to attend at least one tutoring session per week until your grades improve, and failure to attend can lower your participation score.
Cell Phones: Please be sure that all cell phones and other electronic
devices are turned off for the entire duration of each class.
Internet: Information about this course is posted on the Internet. To find it, go to my home page (http://faculty.rmc.edu/rhammack/) and click on "Math 120." There you will find the syllabus, homework assignments, a calendar, grades, and copies of old test and quizzes.
Office: Please feel free to stop by my office whenever you have a question, or if you just want to chat. If my posted hours are inconvenient, I will be happy to schedule an appointment.
Tell me if you are having trouble. Catching up can be very difficult once you get behind, so let me know as soon as you think there is a problem.
Notice: The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and other Federal laws require Randolph-Macon College to provide a "reasonable accommodation" to any individual who advises us of a physical, psychological, or learning disability. If you have a physical, psychological, or learning disability that requires an accommodation, you must first register with the Office for Disability Support Services, located in the Higgins Academic Center.