MAT 116 - Mathematics for General Education II
This course is the second course of a two-course sequence designed to satisfy the SUNY General Education Requirements at the baccalaureate level. It provides an interdisciplinary approach to quantitative literacy, critical thinking and the relevance of mathematics in society. Prescribed topics include the mathematics of saving and borrowing money, functions (especially linear, quadratic, logarithmic, exponential and/or sine) as models for interpreting data. Symmetry and fractals, voting or graph theory will also be included. Computer technology will be used throughout the course to explore these concepts and to prepare a project demonstrating an understanding of mathematics as it is applied in another discipline. The SUNY GER in mathematics is satisfied only upon completion of both MAT 115 and MAT 116.
Prerequisite: MAT 092 Foundations for College Mathematics II or MAT 093 Integrated Arithmetic and Basic Algebra or Equivalent
3 Class Hours
Learning Outcomes of the Course:
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Use e-mail.
2. Use electronic spreadsheets.
3. Use the Internet.
4. Use electronic presentation software.
5. Give examples of how math can be used to solve problems in everyday life and in his/her discipline.
6. Investigate risk, return, and liquidity of investments.
7. Calculate simple and compound interest.
8. Use spreadsheet templates and web-based calculators to evaluate whether an annuity plan or other types of investments will meet the need of the investor.
9. Calculate loans payments and credit card finance charges.
10. Investigate mortgage amortization tables.
11. Describe a function in words and use function notation.
12. Describe the domain and rage of a function.
13. Identify independent and dependent variables.
14. Create and use graphs of functions.
15. Identify a graph as linear or non-linear.
16. Create and use linear and non-linear models to analyze real data.
17. Discuss and apply topics in one of three applications of mathematics: visual arts and music, voting theory, or networks and scheduling.
This course prepares students to meet the Mathematics General Education requirement.
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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