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Topic: CT Academy Launches Another Five-Year Plan
Replies: 40   Last Post: Sep 25, 2010 8:37 PM

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 Jonathan Groves Posts: 2,068 From: Kaplan University, Argosy University, Florida Institute of Technology Registered: 8/18/05
Re: CT Academy Launches Another Five-Year Plan
Posted: Sep 16, 2010 3:24 PM

On 9/14/2010 at 3:10 pm, Alain Schremmer wrote:

> On Sep 14, 2010, at 7:03 AM, Jonathan Groves wrote:
>

> > Alain,
> >
> > Thanks for the insightful comments since I believe

> > apply to virtually all of us. They do apply to me
> far more
> > than I would like to admit.
>
>
> Hopeful regards
> --schremmer

Alain,

That's a good question. I had originally decided to write my book
for my students as a supplement to a remedial course on arithmetic
in case whatever schools I teach for still insist on using the
standard, commerical textbooks--especially when I can tell that
my book is not likely to appeal to others enough to use them for
classes as replacements for the standard commerical textbooks.
So I had planned to discuss whatever such courses normally discuss
so that students can find a (hopefully!) good explanation of
those concepts. The explanations of those concepts will, of course,
be different, but the concepts themselves that I had planned to
discuss are pretty much the same.

Here is what I have so far:

Chapter 1 is an introduction that gives my reason for writing this
book and the goals I hope to accomplish with my book. I haven't
written a draft of the introduction yet.

Chapter 2 is whole number arithmetic. Meanings of whole numbers,
comparing whole numbers, and the four operations on whole numbers.

Chapter 3 is decimal number arithmetic. Meanings of decimal numbers,
comparing decimal numbers, and the four operations on decimal numbers.
I motivate decimal numbers via the need to make measurements.
I also discuss the problem with decimal number division: The quotient
of two terminating decimal numbers is not always a terminating
decimal number. I briefly mention that we do not have such problems
with fractions in that a fraction divided by a nonzero fraction is
always a fraction.

Chapter 4 is fraction arithmetic. Meanings of fractions, comparing
fractions, equivalent fractions, and the four operations on fractions.
I mention connections between decimal numbers and fractions, which
decimal number divisions and fractions do not have terminating decimal
expansions and which do. In the section on multiplying fractions, I do
mention that the fraction A/B is the same as A divided by B because
multiplying A/B by B gives A. If the quotient is indeed A/B and if
B is indeed the divisor, then multiplication should give us the
dividend.

I had originally planned to create Chapter 5 on ratios and proportions,
Chapter 6 on percents, and Chapter 7 on signed numbers. None of these
chapters have been drafted thus far. Chapters 2-4 have been drafted
but are only rough drafts thus far. I'm not sure if I want to move
Chapter 7 on signed numbers to Chapter 5 or not. I'm not sure if
I want to include the chapters on ratio and proportion and percents.
Probably so. I'm not sure if I want to include anything else.

I had based on what is covered in a remedial arithmetic course by
basing it on Argosy's course. I'm glad that the recent revision
of the course had put decimal numbers before fractions rather than
after fractions. What was especially silly is that the old course had
discussed signed number arithmetic in Week 1 and then spent Weeks 2-4
discussing fractions and decimal numbers, but they have now moved
signed numbers after decimal numbers and fractions and in fact
after ratios and proportions and percents. I do want to go a bit
further with ratios by not sticking with just binary ratios A:B.
I don't remember where I had read this recently, but I do recall
someone saying that one problem with ratios in school is that we
stick with just binary ratios when, in fact, we can form ratios
of any number of quantities such as 1:2:4:6 as a ratio of the
number of cans of Coke and Sprite and Pepsi and Mountain Dew
on sale at a store, for instance (I'm not sure if he called them
"binary ratios" or "bivariate ratios").

However, one problem I had run into for test driving my book with
my courses and with using it as a supplement is that Argosy's
contract appears to say that they then would own my book if I use
it in their classes:

"You acknowledge and agree that (1) the course(s) and all materials
relating thereto, in whatever form, that you are being engaged to teach
under this Agreement are and shall remain the sole and exclusive property
of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh/Online (Argosy University); and
(2) all models, curricula, programs, materials and systems designed or
developed by you under this Agreement in connection with the teaching
of such course(s) shall be and remain the sole and exclusive property
of Argosy University. You also hereby grant to Argosy University an
unlimited license to use any content that you create as part of teaching
this course, such content to be provided in a form satisfactory to
Argosy University that can be archived and that may be used by Argosy University
in any future Argosy University courses. You certify that all materials you
create in connection with teaching a course are original works and are
not copies or derivatives of copyrighted works you explicitly instruct
Argosy University otherwise and you have obtained written permission for
using such works. You shall indemnify and hold Argosy University harmless
for any penalty, claim, liability, deficiency or damages arising as a result

Another problem is that different remedial arithmetic courses are organized
differently, so the book as a supplement works best if the course is
organized in much the same way, especially given--for example--that my
chapter on fractions builds on the chapter on decimal numbers.

But now I'm wondering if I should write a book for the purpose of
changing such courses and for the purpose of being used as the primary
book for the course. Or perhaps I can find a way to write the book
so that it can be used either way.

Jonathan Groves

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