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MT 112 - Survey of Mathematics

Credit Hours: 3

A one-semester course whose objective is to further develop an interest in mathematics. This course will consist of at least five topics, including sets, logic, probability, statistics and at least one topic from the following: consumer finance, geometry, game theory, mathematical systems, systems of numeration, graph theory, voting and apportionment, and linear programming.  The history of mathematics will be integrated throughout all topics.  Students will be expected to use elementary algebra skills in solving problems.

Fulfills SUNY General Education -- Mathematics.

Course Outcomes
Upon Completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of the set concept, the language of sets, and the applications of sets;
  • use reasoning processes in arriving at conclusions through the use of logic;
  • calculate elementary probabilities, odds, and expectations;
  • use permutations and combinations for counting;
  • identify the uses and misuses of statistics;
  • organize statistical data;
  • compute and interpret simple descriptive statistics;
  • demonstrate a sense of numbers by determining if a mathematical solution is reasonable;
  • present organized written work and show a check to avoid careless mistakes;
  • perform mental arithmetic, use a calculator effectively to solve and check mathematical calculations and determine when each is appropriate; and
  • demonstrate a comprehension of the role of mathematics in history.

In addition, the student should be able to do one or more of the following:

  • calculate interest;
  • demonstrate the knowledge of installment buying, mortages, life insurance, and the stock market;
  • solve elementary geometry problems; 
  • establish the essential characteristics of a Two-Person Zero-Sum Game (players, possible actions and solutions, payoff, and establish whether a game is a zero-sum or non-zero-sum game);
  • demonstrate knowledge of mathematical systems and perform computations in modular arithmetic;
  • demonstrate knowledge of graph theory and real world applications;
  • demonstrate knowledge of the place-value system and alternative systems of numeration, and perform calculations in other bases; 
  • demonstrate knowledge of voting systems; and
  • demonstrate knowledge of systems of linear equations and inequalities and linear programming. 

Prerequisites: MT 006 or appropriate college equivalent, and/or appropriate mathematics level code.*
F/S (C, N, S)

*Level code is determined by Mathematics Department placement test and/or successful completion of math courses.