Math 101 - Core Compentency in Mathematics



COURSE OBJECTIVES: The course helps the student develop the use of mathematics in the world in which we live. It covers mastery of elementary skills and facts, understanding of logically correct arguments, learning to think abstractly, and increasing problem solving capacity. Competency developed should be helpful in continued learning, in setting and achieving goals, in personal decision-making, and in evaluating concerns in the community, state, and nation.

TEXT: Mathematical Thinking and Quantitative Reasoning, Fifth Edition, by L. Sons, P. Nicholls, and J. Stephen, Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co. 2012

TOPICS COVERED: Elementary probability, statistics, and statistical testing; inductive and deductive reasoning; logical fallacies and survey analysis; graphical and algebraic solutions to equations; spatial relationships; personal finance; optimization; average rates of change; strategies in problem solving.

PREREQUISITES: Intermediate algebra and geometry

CALCULATORS: You will need a hand calculator which can do basic arithmetic, square roots, and other exponents (a y to the x key). Either a scientific or graphing calculator is acceptable. Standard calculators will be allowed on all exams (laptops, calculators that access the internet, and calculators in cell phones are NOT allowed on exams - calculators with memory may be subject to inspection and erasure of stored material). If you do not have a calculator, the TI 30-series calculators are fine for this class - TI-34, TI-36, etc.

WITHDRAWAL: The last day for undergraduates to withdraw from a full-session course will be announced in class.

DRC STATEMENT: If you have specific physical, psychiatric, or learning disabilities and require accommodations, please let your instructor know early in the semester so that your learning needs may be appropriately met. You will need to provide documentation of your disability to the DRC (DisabilityResource Center) the Health Services Building, 4th floor.

ACADEMIC CONDUCT: Academic honesty and mutual respect (student with student and instructor with student) are expected in this course. Mutual respect includes being on time for class and not leaving early, being prepared to give full attention to class work, not reading newspapers or other nonclass material in class, turning off phone ringers and not using cell phones or pagers during class time, and not looking at another student's work during exams. Academic misconduct, as defined by the Student Judicial Code, will not be treated lightly.