Catalogue 2018 - 2019

MATH 117 Mathematical Reasoning


3 cr.

Course Description

This course is intended to satisfy two objectives. One objective is to learn some of the methods that mathematics uses to solve problems. The areas of mathematics to be considered may include logic, algebra, geometry, number theory, counting (sometimes referred to as combinatorics), probability, graph theory, etc. Also considered will be the role of proof in mathematics. A second objective is to learn how a mathematical approach can assist in the general endeavor of solving problems. The approach includes: stating problems clearly and concisely, determining what is important and what is irrelevant, making conjectures, justifying conclusions using logic, etc. Various problem-solving strategies will be introduced and applied.


in the fall and spring semesters.