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Updates in May
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. The following information applies to the Newark campus. For information about this course offered at the satellite campuses, see the contacts at the bottom of this web page.
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.
The most updated Course Description can be found at the UD Course Description Search. Information on the sections currently offered can be found at the UD Course Search. Additional information about Math 113 offered in the recent semesters can be found in the Math 113 Departmental Syllabus.
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.
Topics will include the following. Order of topics will vary from semester to semester.
1. Statistics (required):
At least four topics are chosen from the remaining topics.
2. Management science
3. Social Choice
4. Growth Models
6. Shape and Form
7. Coding Information
9. Set theory
10. Numeration systems
Current Syllabus: Math113 Syllabus
Required Math Placement Test Level: Students can enroll in this math course with any math placement level. For more information regarding math placement please see the Math Placement Exam webpage.
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.
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. 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.
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
Satellite Campus Information: Students enrolled at other campuses should contact the math faculty for the specific campus for additional information about this course.
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