Nature of Mathematics
MATH 120 - Fall 2017

Portrait of Archimedes
Portrait of Pascal

Instructor: Mr. Matthew Weathers
Biola University

Basic Info

See a PDF Version of the Syllabus Summary. (Link opens a PDF document)

Homework Help Videos

Math Lab Schedule - The Math Lab is open about 20 hours a week. It's in the Grove Modulars #10.

Office Hours - Click here to see instructions for coming to my office hours.
(Or stop by my "Informal Office Hours" at 5:45 p.m. Thursdays outside Eagle's Nest)

Calendar of Lectures

Chart with a Calendar of Lectures for the whole semester
Link for Finals Schedule:

Homework Due Dates

Chart with a list of Due Dates for each chapter

Required Textbooks

Nature of Mathematics - Course Pack; Author: Stangl 

This "course pack" textbook written by a Biola professor is only available at the Biola Bookstore. If the bookstore is out of stock, they will print more. The whole text is also be available for free online.

Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions; Author: Edwin A Abbott

This is a short novella first published in 1884. Any edition is okay to use and the book is also available for free online.

Do I need to buy the textbooks? Maybe. Yes, you need to have them. But electronic versions of both are available for free online. However, if you prefer to have a printed version, you can only buy the "Course Pack" textbook at the Biola Bookstore. You can buy the "Flatland" novel anywhere.

Also: the course pack is the same as previous semesters, so if you know someone with a used copy, that will be okay to use.

Quiz Lookup

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(Last 3 digits is enough)

When you use your cell phone for quizzes, you can use this form to check whether the system received your text message. Enter you 10-digit cell phone number, plus at least 3 digits of your Biola ID number.

Quiz Phone Number: (949)390-9936 - For texting quiz answers during class.


Here are the first few chapters of the coursepack: After Chapter 7, see Canvas for the remaining chapters at this link.

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)

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
Offices: Math Dept: Grove Modulars #8, My office is next door: Grove Modulars #10C.

Math 120 Quiz Phone Number: (949)390-9936 - For texting quiz answers during class.


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: