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Beginning Mathematics - 1st year

Intended to fulfill the general education requirement in mathematics. This course introduces the student to creative mathematical thinking using practical examples, topics and problem solving. Range of topics may include applications of set theory, functions and graphs, number systems, symmetry, calculus, logic probability and statistics. There is an emphasis on general problem-solving techniques and how to communicate with mathematics. It is intended to provide a sample of current mathematical techniques for the non-specialist.


By the end of this course, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate understanding of the use of set theory to classify and analyze complex information;

2. Apply mathematical logic and symbol systems to validate arguments;

3. Demonstrate understanding of the construction of abstract mathematical systems to examine structure and symmetry;

4. Solve problems using ideas from probability and statistics;

5. Demonstrate understanding of calculus concepts.


Course topics will include the following:

1. Set theory, Venn diagrams & applications

2. Probability & counting rules

3. Statistics

4. Intuitive calculus & rates of change

5. Number systems

6. Algebra

Method of Instruction:

1. Lecture

2. Discussion

3. Classroom Problem Solving