Here's the list of courses offered by teachers in the Math Department. The list is under construction, so check back for updates in the near future!
MATH FOR EVERYDAY LIVING
About this Course
Math for Everyday Living actually consists of two semester long courses. This course, MFEL I, is the first of these courses. We will be covering budgeting, borrowing, and possibly some tax mathematics during the semester. This primary objective of this course is to show you how mathematics relates to many important parts of your everyday lives. Many of you may already have experience with concepts such as budgeting, borrowing money, and taxes (especially if you have a job). MFEL II will allow you to study taxes and insurance. This course will give you a deeper understanding of many of these topics and allow you to make more informed decisions.
Students will develop problem-solving skills through a detailed study of topics such as financial mathematics, linear and exponential modeling, and geometry, in concert with specific problem solving strategies such as drawing diagrams, making systematic lists, looking for patterns, identifying sub-problems, and working backwards. Solution presentations and communication are emphasized.
About this Course
This course will help develop your ability to reason through quantitative problems, employ critical thinking, and make informed decisions. “Problem Solving” has been defined as knowing what to do when you don’t know what to do. Being a core human activity, problem solving is used in every profession from teaching to engineering to politics, and having the skill to solve problems is essential to survival. Typical problem solving involves communicating, gathering information, organizing information, and implementing a plan. Many of these skills have a mathematical basis and are the focus of this course.
We encounter statistics nearly every day in nearly every type of media. The object of this course is to expose you to ways of collecting data, representing data, and analyzing data; and to help you understand the methods used in order to think critically about the claims we see in journals, newspapers, TV broadcasts, etc.
About the course
Students will investigate various topics in both descriptive and inferential statistics including measures of central tendency and spread, graphical analysis of data, probability, random sampling, correlation and regression, hypothesis testing and confidence intervals. Practical applications are emphasized throughout the course. A significant part of the course is taught in a laboratory setting using a software package called Minitab.