Math in Society
Standard letter grades
Contact hours total
MTH 095 or MTH 098 or higher or minimum placement Math level 14.
Math in Society is a rigorous mathematics course designed for students across multiple disciplines in both transfer degrees and career and technical degrees and certificates. Provides a solid foundation in quantitative reasoning, symbolic reasoning, and problem solving techniques needed to be a productive, contributing citizen in the 21st century.
1. Read a complex problem requiring quantitative and/or symbolic analysis, use flexibility in selecting a solution strategy, and impose an appropriate mathematical structure or mathematical procedure in solving the problem.
2. Determine the reasonableness and implications of mathematical solutions and recognize the limitations of the methods used in context.
3. Apply mathematical processes and solutions in making personal and societal choices.
4. Use appropriate representations to effectively communicate, orally and in writing, quantitative results and mathematical processes.
5. Demonstrate proficiency in the skills supporting mathematical understanding.
These are the three major topics along with the required supporting topics for each. The major topics are listed in the order in which they should be taught. Reasoning logically and problem solving are skills that should permeate throughout the entire course.
Logical Reasoning and Problem Solving
• Describing and Critiquing Arguments
• Understanding the Language of Logic
• Recognizing Common Logical Fallacies
• Learning Strategies of Problem Solving (non-algebraic, showing another way)
Probability and Statistics
• Counting - Multiplication Property
• Measures of Central Tendencies and Spread
• Calculating and Interpreting Basic Probabilities
• Interpreting Graphical Displays/Histograms
• Margin of Error/Polls
• Expected Value
• Interpreting Distributions
• Misuse of Data
• Percent Sales and Income Tax
• Simple and Compound Interest
• Loans and Credit Cards
A combination of low cost textbook and instructor provided materials.
Grades may be determined by one or more of the following assessment methods: examinations (one of which is the comprehensive final), projects, quizzes, homework and/or warmups; assessment of written work will include evaluation of the students’ ability to arrive at correct conclusions using proper mathematical and logical procedures.
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