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MATH 1332 Contemporary Math I (Math for Liberal Arts)


Textbook:  Math for Liberal Arts, Math 1332, Fall 2012 Edition.  Available only at NVC Bookstore.  OR  Thinking Mathematically: 5th Ed, Blitzer; Pearson. 

             ISBN 0-321-64585-5 

Catalog Description:  This course is designated for nonmathematics majors and nonscience majors who need three hours of mathematics for degree requirements.  The course includes topics from logic, algebra, trigonometry, and probability.  

Prerequisites:  MATH 0302 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.  Other prerequisites include ENGL 0300 and READ 0302.  

Semester Credit Hours:  (3-3-0) 

Course Objectives:  With emphasis on the bolded items, the student will be able to: 

  1. Exhibit an understanding of elementary, intuitive set theory, including the concepts of subset, union, intersection, and cardinal number 
  2. Develop symbolic truth tables 
  3. Change numbers from base ten to other bases and vice versa 
  4. Exhibit facility with solving problems with the calculator, including integer problems, decimal problems, and percent problems 
  5. Convert within the metric system and between the metric system and the U.S. customary system 
  6. Solve elementary linear programming problems 
  7. Exhibit an understanding of elementary probability 
  8. Compute the mean, median, mode and standard deviation of a distribution 
  9. Use the normal curve to solve elementary problems in statistics 
  10. Calculate simple and compound interest 
  11. Find the sum of arithmetic and geometric series