MATH 118: Mathematical Reasoning




This course covers a practical breadth of mathematics, with a focus on math encountered in everyday life. It aims to show the relevancy and usefulness of mathematics and to make it meaningful by putting it in an appropriate context. In this course there is a focus on problem solving with a hands-on and learn-by-doing approach.

This course meets Monday through Friday. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday are lecture days and discussion is held on Tuesday and Thursday.



Unit I: Linear Equations - chapters 6 & 7

Unit II: Measurement - chapters 9 & 10

Unit III: Personal Finances - chapter 8

Unit IV: Probability and Statistics - chapter 11 & 12

The course specifically covers the following:

6.1 Algebraic Expressions and Formulas
6.2 Linear Equations in One Variable and Proportions
6.3 Applications of Linear Equations
7.1 Graphing and Functions
7.2 Linear Functions and Their Graphs
7.3 Systems of Linear Equations in Two Variables
8.1 Percent, Sales Tax, and Discounts
8.3 Simple Interest
8.4 Compound interest
8.6 Car Loans
9.1 Measuring length
9.2 Measuring Area and Volume
9.3 Measuring Weight and Temperature
10.4 Area and Circumference
10.5 Volume and Surface Area
11.4 Fundamentals of Probability
12.1 Sampling, Frequency Distributions, and Graphs
12.2 Measures of Central Tendency
12.3 Measures of Dispersion
12.4 The Normal Distribution
12.5 Problem Solving with the Normal Distribution



Online Homework

Written Homework

Discussion worksheets

In-class quizzes

Final project


Point totals of individual assessments will vary and so all will be scaled to 100 points. All grades will be recorded in BlackBoard.

As seen below, your grade is an weighted average.

The course grade will be distributed as follows:

Online Homework 20%
Written Homework 20%
Discussion worksheets 20%
In-class quizzes 20%
Final project 20%

A final grade will be given based on a standard scale:

90% - 100% A
80%-89% B
70%-79% C
60%-69% D
below 60% F



Free tutoring is available at the Mathematical Sciences Learning Center, located in SEO 430.

Tutoring at the Daley Library by the math librarian, David Dror.


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