## Math 130, Math in the Social Sciences, Summer 2009

Math in the Social Sciences is a non-algebra, non-calculus based course designed for Liberal Arts majors in which mathematical

topics are introduced to students whose interests traditionally do not lie in mathematics. Students are introduced to topics such as voting theory, apportionment, scheduling, Euler and Hamilton paths relating to the traveling salesman problem, basic statistics, etc. The goal of this course is to develop an appreciation of mathematics by introducing topics relevant to students' lives.

This course was taught in the 4 week summer session.

topics are introduced to students whose interests traditionally do not lie in mathematics. Students are introduced to topics such as voting theory, apportionment, scheduling, Euler and Hamilton paths relating to the traveling salesman problem, basic statistics, etc. The goal of this course is to develop an appreciation of mathematics by introducing topics relevant to students' lives.

This course was taught in the 4 week summer session.

## Student Course Survey

Scored on a 5 point scale: 0=Strongly Disagree to 5=Strongly Agree

Course Enrollment: 20

Course Enrollment: 20

Weighted Average4.85 4.95 4.90 4.95 |
QuestionThe teacher was enthusiastic about the course The teacher created an atmosphere conducive to learning The teacher was willing and available to help students outside of class Overall, I would rate this teacher as good |

## Unabridged Student Comments:

“My whole life I have strongly struggled with math, Lori was
the only teacher that ever got me to understand it! Lori was literally the best math teacher that
I have ever had! The extra time that she
took out of her day to do study sessions or reviews was a great help and shows
that she truly cares. My only regret
about the class is that I won’t have her as a teacher anymore! Thank you for not only teaching me math, but
for showing me that it can actually make sense and be fun! Thank you again!! Good luck!”

“Lori was a subject matter expert who fostered the best math class I’ve ever taken. A majority of the students in this course do not like math and are ‘not good at it’ and from what I saw Lori was able to teach math at a level we could understand as not-math-people. If I had to take another math class I would work my sched. Around finding one Lori taught. Also she was accommodating of students w/ special needs.”

“You were so enthusiastic! And you really cared about making sure we understood Everything!!”

“I hate math. I always have. Ms. Lori Ziegelmeier is hands down the best math teacher I’ve ever had. She is very clear and patient. She is the only math teacher I’ve known who has kept my attention.”

“Your an awesome teacher. Thank you for making the 4 weeks barable.”

“I never thought math could be fun but Lori was the reason it was! Thanks Lori!”

“This class was wonderful! I really learned a lot and actually did well in math for the first time!”

“I really enjoyed this class you did an amazing job! Good luck!”

“I was really dreading this class but Lori made it fun and easy to learn! She is a great teacher willing to help our class! Best math class I have had since 10th grade.”

“Teacher was better than any P.H.D. Prof. in the university. She made effort to teach the class.”

“Great enthusiasm! You knew everything you were teaching us so well and encouraged the best classroom environment. Very positive attitude, if we didn’t understand any material, we felt confident enough to ask, (instead of some teachers who make you feel stupid for asking). Everything was very clear, even a little fun.”

“Lori was a subject matter expert who fostered the best math class I’ve ever taken. A majority of the students in this course do not like math and are ‘not good at it’ and from what I saw Lori was able to teach math at a level we could understand as not-math-people. If I had to take another math class I would work my sched. Around finding one Lori taught. Also she was accommodating of students w/ special needs.”

“You were so enthusiastic! And you really cared about making sure we understood Everything!!”

“I hate math. I always have. Ms. Lori Ziegelmeier is hands down the best math teacher I’ve ever had. She is very clear and patient. She is the only math teacher I’ve known who has kept my attention.”

“Your an awesome teacher. Thank you for making the 4 weeks barable.”

“I never thought math could be fun but Lori was the reason it was! Thanks Lori!”

“This class was wonderful! I really learned a lot and actually did well in math for the first time!”

“I really enjoyed this class you did an amazing job! Good luck!”

“I was really dreading this class but Lori made it fun and easy to learn! She is a great teacher willing to help our class! Best math class I have had since 10th grade.”

“Teacher was better than any P.H.D. Prof. in the university. She made effort to teach the class.”

“Great enthusiasm! You knew everything you were teaching us so well and encouraged the best classroom environment. Very positive attitude, if we didn’t understand any material, we felt confident enough to ask, (instead of some teachers who make you feel stupid for asking). Everything was very clear, even a little fun.”