MAT 113 - Mathematical Explorations I
This course is an interdisciplinary approach to topics in mathematics using computer technology. Topics include: Statistical Analysis of Data, Financial Management, Network Analysis, Project Design and Voting Theory. This course is designed for Liberal Arts and Business Students, not for Science majors.
Prerequisite: MAT 090 Foundations for College Mathematics I or equivalent
3 Class Hours
Learning Outcomes of the Course:
At the end of this course the student should be able to:
1. Use e-mail.
2. Use Excel.
3. Use the Internet.
4. Use PowerPoint.
5. See where math can be used to solve problems in everyday life and in his/her discipline.
6. Find the mean, mode, median and range of a data set.
7. Construct boxplots, histograms and scatterplots.
8. Find the standard deviation of a set of numbers.
9. Identify distributions that are normal and those that are not.
10. Explain the difference between a parameter and a statistic.
11. Explain the difference between the majority and the plurality voting methods.
12. Identify Hamiltonian and Euler Circuits.
13. Solve the Traveling Salesman-like Problems.
14. Schedule a project.
15. Calculate compound interest.
16. Investigate annuities.
17. Calculate loans payments and credit card interest.
18. Investigate mortgage amortization tables.
19. Investigate risk, return, and liquidity of investments.
In the context of the course objectives listed above, upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Interpret and draw inferences from mathematical models such as formulas, graphs, tables and schematics.
2. Represent mathematical information symbolically, visually, numerically and verbally.
3. Employ quantitative methods such as arithmetic, algebra, geometry, or statistics to solve problems.
4. Estimate and check mathematical results for reasonableness.
5. Recognize the limitations of mathematical and statistical methods.
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