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: Geometry, Measurement, and Unit Analysis - Chapters 1 & 2

Unit II: Linear Equations - Chapter 3

Unit III: Personal Finances - Chapters 4, 5, & 6

Unit IV: Statistics - Chapters 10, 11, & 12



Lecture Attendance

Online Homework

Written Homework

Discussion worksheets




The course grade will be distributed as follows, using averages of each category.

My Open Math Homework 10%
Written Homework 20%
Discussion worksheets 10%
Midterm Exam 15%
Final Project 25%
Final Exam 20%

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

90% - 100% A
80%-89.99% B
70%-79.99% C
60%-69.99% D
below 60% F


Free tutoring is available at the LAS Math & Science Learning Center, located in SES 3510.

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


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Please contact ODS at 312/413-2183 (voice) or 312/413-0123 (TTY)


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