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The information presented here is intended to describe the course goals for current and prospective students as well as others who are interested in our courses.  It is not intended to replace the instructional policies and course materials presented in class.

Every effort is made to update this information on a routine basis.  However, if you have questions about enrollment, course materials, and pre-requisite skills, please check with your adviser or instructor. 

This course is only offered on the Newark campus.  

Course Description

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Additional Course Description: 

How can I save time delivering an advertisement to all houses in a development? How does mathematics assist in developing a plan to schedule priorities for event planning initiative?  How is statistics used to describe the variation in income among college graduates? How can mathematics assist in planning election strategy?

This course is designed to help answer these types of questions (and others) and prepare students in non-technical majors for college work, for their careers, and for mathematical challenges of life in general. At the end of the course, students should know how mathematical skills and concepts are used in a variety of topics and issues and how some basic mathematical strategies are used to analyze issues encountered in everyday life. 

This course is a terminal math course – it does not prepare students for another math course.  The course grade will not fulfill enrollment requirements for any other math course.  Students whose majors require additional mathematics should enroll in other math courses such as Math 114 or Math 115.  

Course Content:

Topics will include the following.  Order of topics will vary from semester to semester.

1. Statistics (required): 

  • Collecting data and surveys
  • Analyzing data –including histograms, quartiles and the five number summary, ranges and standard deviation.
  • Probability – including sample spaces, events, permutations and combinations, probabilities.
  • Normal distributions

At least four topics are chosen from the remaining topics. 

2.  Management science

  • Euler and Hamilton circuits and algorithms to solve a variety of problems involving these circuits.
  • Networks and trees.
  • Scheduling including algorithms to determine the critical path.

3.  Social Choice

  • Basic elements of an election and a variety of methods for determining the outcome of an election.

4.  Growth Models

  • Linear, exponential and logistic growth models.

5.  Finance

  • Percentages, simple and compound interest.
  • Savings and debt.

6.  Shape and Form

  • Symmetry (reflections, rotations, translations), patterns
  • Fractal geometry
  • Fibonacci numbers, golden ratio.

7.  Coding Information

  • Identification numbers
  • Encoding information.

8. Logic

  • Statements and quantifiers.
  • Truth tables.
  • Logical arguments.

9.  Set theory

  • Sets, subsets, and set operations.
  • Venn Diagrams.
  • Infinite sets

10.  Numeration systems

  • Base number systems

11.  Measurement

  • Converting units.
  • Measures of area, volume, capacity, weight, and temperature. 

Current Syllabus: Math113 Syllabus

Required Math Placement Test Level:  Students can enroll in this math course with any math placement level.

Additional Prerequisite Discussion: In order to succeed in this course, students must have some basic arithmetic skills. For instance, students should know how to work with fractions and percents.

Textbooks: The textbook usually used for this course is Excursions in Modern Mathematics by Peter Tannenbaum, published by Pearson.  However, students should wait until the first day of class to ensure the appropriate textbook and other course materials are purchased.

Calculator Requirement: A calculator is required. You will need a calculator with basic arithmetic operations, and exponential (exp) and logarithm (log) functions. Also, it must be able to determine mean, median, and standard deviation on a data set. Older graphing calculators such as the TI-81 would be sufficient. Graphing calculators such as the TI-83 or TI-83 plus are optional.

Course Format: 

Fall/Spring semester: This course is offered in fall and spring semesters. In most cases, the course meets three hours per week in either a MWF or Tues./Thur. course format. Course enrollments are usually at most 30 students per class with some very small classes (less than 20). Assessment activities generally include tests, quizzes, group and individual work and projects. The number of exams can vary but generally three common exams and a final exam are administered. Common exams may be administered during the evenings and the final exam is cumulative. An example can be found in the sample or current syllabus.

Tutorial Resources:

Please note:  Be aware that due to the nature of the Math 113 course topics, it may be difficult to find a tutor.  Please contact your instructor for information on tutors.  If you decide to hire a tutor, please show the tutor a list of the curriculum topics and ask about if he/she is familiar with these topics before hiring. 

  • Mathematical Sciences Learning Laboratory (MSLL) Open Lab: MSLL Open Lab provides free tutorial support for this course but times are limited.  Students should contact their Math 113 instructor for exact times.  More information can be found at the web page: MSLL Open Lab
  • Office of Academic Enrichment: Located at 148-150 South College Avenue, this site provides a number of different course resources for students. Please visit their web site for more information:

Satellite Campus Information: Course is not offered at any of the Satellite Campuses.

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  • University of Delaware
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  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-2653