Nature of Mathematics
MATH 120 - Spring 2014


Instructor: Matthew Weathers

Basic Info

Reminder: This is the chart I will use to determine your letter grade at the end of the semester:

See a PDF Version of the Syllabus Summary.

Use our Canvas site to look up your grades and for online quizzes and homework. (Use your Net ID to log in).
Once you log in, go to "Spring 2014: Nature of Math."

Homework Help Videos

Math Lab Schedule - The Math Lab is open about 20 hours a week. It's in McNally, White 48C.

First Few Homework Assignments: Here's the homework for the first couple weeks. (Check syllabus after Feb 15th):

Calendar of Lectures

Link for Finals Schedule:

Homework Due Dates

Homework Help Videos


Here are the chapters of the coursepack: After Chapter 7, see Canvas for the remaining chapters

Chapter 1 (PDF Document)
Chapter 2 (PDF Document)
Chapter 3 (PDF Document)
Chapter 4 (PDF Document)
Chapter 5 (PDF Document)
Chapter 6 (PDF Document)
Chapter 7 (PDF Document)

Appendix 1 - Historical Time Line (PDF Document)
Appendix 2 - Trigonometry Table (PDF Document)
Appendix 3 - Additional Resources (PDF Document)
Appendix 4 - Sample Test Questions (PDF Document)


Do I need to buy the textbook? Maybe. It's a "coursepack" written by another professor here at Biola, so it's only $19.25 from the bookstore for a printed copy. It is also available online for free (See below for the first few chapters). But some people prefer to have a printed version. Also: the book is the same as previous semesters, so if you know someone with an old copy, that will be fine. The Flatland book is $2.20 at the bookstore but also available online for free.

Mr. Weathers' Contact Info

By email: Matthew Weathers on Biola's Email (which is matthew_email)
By Phone: Cell Phone: (562) 322-7427 (Okay to call or text 24 hours a day, I turn off the ringer at night and when I'm in class) Biola extension 3277 which is
(562) 944-0351 x 3277 from off-campus
Office: White 49. Or in Math Dept: White 48A.


If you have a comment, suggestion for making the class better, or complaint, you may email me, or if you would like to send it anonymously, use this form here:

Your anonymous message to Mr. Weathers: