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# MAT 102 - Mathematical Concepts

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

Prerequisites: MAT 090  (minimum grade “C”) or successful placement.

Description
A course in contemporary mathematics for liberal arts and other students not majoring in business or the sciences. Topics include basic mathematical concepts: problem solving and critical thinking, sets, elementary logic, numeration systems, elementary geometry, counting techniques, and elementary probability and statistics. Topics are selected at the discretion of the Mathematics Department.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

1. Apply critical thinking such as inductive and deductive reasoning, estimation and Pol’ method in problem solving.
2. Define and recognize the basic concepts of sets, perform basic set operations, construct Venn diagrams and solve problems using sets.
3. Define and recognize the basic concepts of elementary logic, construct truth tables and identify equivalent statements.
4. Explore various numeration systems, convert and perform fundamental operations in various numeration systems.
5. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic properties of angles, polygons, circles and triangles, apply the Pythagorean Theorem and calculate perimeter and area for basic plane figures.
6. Apply tree diagrams, the fundamental counting principle, permutations, and combinations in problem solving.
7. Construct and interpret bar graphs, line graphs and circle graphs.
8. Compute elementary probability and analyze elementary statistics.
Listed Topics
1. Problem solving and critical thinking
2. Elementary set theory
3. Introduction to logic
4. Numeration systems
5. Geometry
6. Counting methods
7. Elementary probability and statistics
Reference Materials
Each student will be required to have a textbook adopted by the Mathematics Department at the
specific campus. A calculator may or may not be recommended. If available, students may purchase a
student solutions manual or make use of the interactive software and videotapes located in the math
laboratory.
Approved By: Sutin, Stewart Date Approved: 07/13/2006

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