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Curriculum Action Notice


From:

Academic Affairs Committee

Date:

February 27, 2001

This is a bulletin from the Academic Affairs Committee concerning proposed curriculum actions. Within the next 10 days, please forward any comments or concerns to the AAC Chair, Lynn Pifer. Belknap Hall 05, x4384,  lpifer@mnsfld.edu.

The following Course Change Proposals have been submitted by the Department of Mathematics & Computer Information Science:

 

 

MA 202 Quantitative Reasoning

To

MA 202 Fundamentals of Mathematical Reasoning

 

Purpose and Nature of change:

New title to better reflect the content of the course.

 

Old course description:

This course will focus on quantitative reasoning skills, critical thinking, and mathematical communication skills through active learning and use of appropriate technology. The topics include deductive and inductive reasoning, ratios and percentages, functions, proportional reasoning, graphing, selected statistical concepts, sampling probability, and decisions under uncertainty.

 

New course description:

This course will center on quantitative reasoning skills. Areas of focus include deductive and inductive reasoning, critical thinking, numerical and geometrical reasoning, developing number sense, decision making under uncertainty, and mathematical communication skills. These skills will be presented and developed within the context of classical and everyday mathematical applications.

 

 

New course description for MA 117 Mathematics and Culture

Purpose and nature of change:

Change catalogue description to more accurately reflect the nature of the course.

 

Old course description:

Readings and discussions about mathematics and mathematicians. Designed to introduce the student to the role of mathematics in culture. This is not a course in practical mathematics; it is not designed to improve mathematical skills. It attempts to give a better understanding of what mathematics is and if it is important. In doing this students will frequently be involved in discussions of the closely related fields of history, science, and philosophy.

 

New course description:

An investigation of the origins, nature, and purpose of mathematics and its importance in the larger culture. Working within the historical framework, the student is introduced to significant mathematical concepts including the axiomatic method, symbolic logic, and the structure of number systems and their relations to one another. The motivation for, development of, and basic procedures of various branches of mathematics (including trigonometry, analytic geometry, Calculus, probability and statistics, and Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometry) are investigated. In the process, students will frequently be involved in discussions of the closely related fields of history, science, and philosophy.

 

 

 

 

 

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