Introductory Concepts of Mathematics is a terminal course satisfying the mathematics requirements for graduation. It focuses on studying a variety of appealing topics in mathematics to highlight the applicability of mathematics and its significance in students’ lives.
The specific goals of this course will be to stress an algebraic,
graphic, and numeric approach to a general overview and exploration of mathematics. The course emphasizes applications of real-world scenarios and includes the study of: * Set theory: set concepts and applications with Venn diagrams
- Logic: using truth tables and analyzing arguments
- The Real Number System: properties of real numbers, number theory, and sequences
- The Metric System: terms, conversions, and applications
- Geometry: angles, polygons, area, and volume
- Probability: theory and expected value
- Statistics: sampling techniques, misuses, measures of central tendency, and dispersion
To accomplish these course goals requires an interactive classroom environment with active student participation. The course also incorporates computer-based laboratories designed to emphasize student writing in mathematics while connecting mathematical concepts to real-world scenarios.