MGF 1106 -- Mathematics for Liberal Arts I -- Fall 2008 -- Section 008


Final Examination Sunday, December 7, 4:00-6:30 PM in a room TBA

consisting of Exam 4 over Sudoku and Chapters 1 and L and optional retest of Chapters P, 5-11, 18-20







Sample Test 1


Sample Test 1 solutions


Sample Test 2


Sample Test 2 solutions


Sample Test 3


Sample Test 3 solutions


Sample Test 4


Sample Test 4 solutions




For homework assignments for Chapter P, the problems you should be looking at are 1, 2, 5, 6, 8-20, 25, 26, 29-34, 41, 42, 46-49, 53-58.

For homework assignments for Chapters 5-6, the problems you should be looking at are 5. 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 27, 29, 31, 37, 39, 42, 43, 44, 47 in Chapter 5, and 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 15t in Chapter 6.

For homework assignments for Chapters 7-10, the problems you should be looking at are 38-53 in Chapter 7, 32-36 and 42-52 in Chapter 8, 7-27 in Chapter 9, and 7-11 and 15-19 in Chapter 10.

For homework assignments for Chapters 11, 18, 19, 20, the problems you should be looking at are 1-14, 18-25 and 28-38 in Chapter 11, 1-5, 7-10, 11- 23, 25-29 and 32-45 in Chapter 18, 1-3(if convenient), 4, 6-8, 11-12, 49-50, and 53-54 in Chapter 19, and  1-4, 8-9, and 17-19 in Chapter 20.

For homework assignments for Chapter 1, see: 1, 2, 4-8, 14, 15, 17, 21, 24-28, 31, 32, 34-40, 43-44, 46-47, 50-51.


For homework assignments for Chapter L, see: 1-9, 11-12, 15-19, 29-37, 46-52; please also look at 53-60, since we’ll talk about them in class.  Also do the four problems on Knights and Knaves at the end of Chapter L.


On the Homework Page, you will also find some problems primarily derived from another text, and solutions.  There are a lot of problems on counting and probability.  There are problems of interest on Knights and Knaves—and there are three sets of good logic problems.  The third set is accompanied by some Sudoku problems.  There are problems of to give you some work on Euler circuits.

For access to online quizzes log on at
Follow the login instructions there

For locations and schedules of open computer labs at FAU go to


Instructor: Dr. Frederick Hoffman
Office: Room 206, Science & Engineering Bldg.
Phone: (561) 297-3345
Email:  for questions about course material.  For questions about make-up tests and similar issues, email your instructor,

All email correspondence must include your full name and student number as well as professor's name and/or section number.
Any email which does not include all of this information will NOT be answered. 

Time and Location:  Section 008: T R 9:30am-10:50pm in AC 122
Office Hours:  T R 2:00-3:00pm and by appointment.

Tutoring by Graduate Assistants:

Textbook: For All Practical Purposes by COMAP—FAU custom edition of the Seventh Edition, published by Freeman Custom Publishing
Online study tools for the textbook:

We urge students to read the book, Nickel and Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenreich—this year’s selection for the Freshman Reading Program.  Some exercises and examples will reference it.

Course Outline

Mathematics for Liberal Arts I is the first of two courses offered at FAU aimed at the liberal arts major. Students passing both courses of Mathematics for Liberal Arts will have satisfied the mathematics part of the Gordon rule, which requires students to complete successfully, with grades of "C" or higher, 6 credits hours of mathematics ... in courses at or above the level of College Algebra.  We do not assume mathematical sophistication or calculational facility on the part of the students. We do assume that students will attend ALL lectures, read the text, complete the homework assignments and quizzes, and study for the exams. While some students may find the pace of the course rather leisurely, it is dangerous to allow oneself to fall behind. Homework assignments and quizzes using Blackboard as well as some supplementary material will be available online. Students will be required to spend several hours per week on a computer with internet access either at home or in campus computer labs. A general rule of thumb is that a student should spend at least two hours studying for a course outside of class for every hour in class. The amount of time must be increased when you miss class.

This course is NOT a remedial mathematics course. This is a serious course in college-level mathematics at approximately the same difficulty level as College Algebra, but with an emphasis on topics involving logical and mathematical reasoning rather than manipulation of algebraic formulas. Students who do not have prerequisite mathematics at the level of Intermediate Algebra may be at a serious disadvantage in this course and are advised to take such a prerequisite course before taking MGF 1106 and/or MGF 1107.




August 26-28

Chapter P of the text

September 2-4   

Chapter 5 of the text

September 5 (Friday)

Last day to drop without W

September 9-11

Chapter 6 of the text and Review for Exam 1

September 16 (Tuesday)

Exam 1 over Chapters P, 5, 6

September 16

Chapter 7 of the text

September 23-25

Chapters 7, 8 of the text

September 30-October 2

Chapters 8, 9, 10 of the text

October 7-9

Chapter 10 of the text and Review for Exam 2

October 14 (Tuesday)

Exam 2 over Chapters 7, 8, 9, 10

October 16

Chapter 11 of the text

October 17 (Friday)

Last day to drop without F

October 21-23

Chapter 18 of the text

October 28-30

Chapters 19, 20  of the text

November 4

Review for Exam 3

November 6 (Tuesday)

Exam 3 over Chapters 11, 18-20

November 13

Chapter 1 of the text

November 18-20

Chapter L of the text

November 25

Chapter L and Sudoku

December 2

Sudoku and review for Exam 4

Sunday, December 7, 4:00-6:30 PM

       GN 102              

Exam 4 over Sudoku and Chapters 1 and L and optional retest of Chapters P, 5-11, 18-20


Homework and Quizzes
There will be homework assignments for each section covered. These homework assignments are listed above, and some additional problems and solutions are posted on the  Homework  Page .

There will be at least one quiz per week (sometimes two in a week) administered online using a web-based program called Blackboard.  These quizzes do not count toward the final grade, but students have found them valuable drill.

There will be four exams, counting equally toward the final grade. The scheduled exam dates are in bold face in the above table.

Also during the final exam period, students will have the option of taking an additional exam over material in Chapters P, 5-11, 18-20 which will replace the lowest grade from Exams 1-3.


Make-up or early exams will be given only under very exceptional circumstances, and written, verifiable reasons must be provided.

No make-up will be given under any circumstances if the professor is not contacted by phone or email within no more than 24 hours from the starting time of the exam.

Grading Scale

  A:   90% - 100% 

  B:   80% - 82% 

  C:   65% - 72% 

  A-:   87% - 89%

  B-:   77% - 79% 

  D:   60% - 64% 

  B+:   83% - 86% 

  C+:   73% - 76% 

  D-:   55% - 59% 

The grade of I (incomplete) will only be given under the conditions specified in the FAU Undergraduate Catalog.

Classroom Etiquette

It is necessary that all students remain quiet during lectures.

TURN OFF ALL CELL PHONES AND PAGERS WHILE IN CLASS.  This is a university policy; violations are punishable by removal from the class.


DEMERITS for Disrupting Class

A student who leaves class before the end of instruction without permission or disrupts class while arriving late will be given a demerit.

Students accumulating 4 demerits will have their grades lowered by one letter grade.

Students accumulating more than 6 demerits will receive grades of F.