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MAT 111 Mathematics for Liberal Arts 4cr

An introductory investigation of mathematics from some of the following- points of view: historical, philosophical, computational, and aesthetic. Theory and applications will be explored as a means for understanding the world. Individual faculty members choose topics from his/her fields of expertise and interests. Such topics may include history and philosophy of mathematics, systems of numeration, logic, mathematical modeling, space-time and the Theory of Relativity, probability, logarithms and musical scales, mathematics in art, non-Euclidean geometry, fractals, cryptography, and mathematical puzzles. (Please consult the department chairperson or course instructor for a specific description of the topics to be presented each semester.) Upon successful completion of this course the student will have an enhanced knowledge of how math is used in society and appears in nature. The student will also gain proficiency in mathematical problem solving through extensive reading and writing of mathematics and mathematical explorations. A working knowledge of algebra and geometry is assumed.
Triad: Mathematics
Prerequisite: Two years of high school algebra and one year of high school geometry.