**Section:**170

**Term:**WN 2008

**Subject:**Mathematics (MATH)

**Department:**LSA Mathematics

- Do you have the impression that mathematics is irrelevant or uninteresting?
- Would you like to know how mathematics works in areas with a direct impact on our lives (consumer products and advertising, politics, the economy, the Internet).
- Having MATH 105 Blues...but need its equivalent?

**Student Body:** First-year students (non-math majors) who aren’t necessarily required to take calculus; but need MATH 105 or equivalent

**Prerequisites:** 3 or 4 years HS math

**Text: ** For All Practical Purposes by COMAP. 7th Edition.

**Calculator:** A calculator is a useful thing to have but not essential. You will be allowed to use your calculator on quizzes and exams

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Background and Goals: **
In science, politics, culture and in industry, fundamental principles of mathematics are main tools for analyzing and solving problems that arise. This course will investigate mathematics topics relevant to the information age in which we live; it will illuminate how mathematics works in areas with a direct impact on our lives — like consumer products and advertising, politics, the economy, decision making, system design.

The course will emphasize the representation of mathematical data in graphical, tabular, and symbolic forms and investigate the inferences that can be drawn from these models. Emphasis will be placed on the development of estimation skills, the ability to determine reasonableness of answers, and ability to find alternative approaches to a problem.

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Content:**
An investigation of circuits, graphs and Linear Programming will lead to the mathematics of resource and tasks management. Explorations into statistics and probability will lead to understanding of data science. We will further explore the mathematics involved in the design of Elections and Voting systems (We will even learn how we elect the President — or, how we get our President in spite of elections).

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Subsequent Courses:**
MATH 128 or MATH 127 could be taken after MATH 107

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For registration:** See your CSP advisor Or contact the instructor.

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