MA 107 - Contemporary Mathematics
This course is intended to investigate current real-world problems using topics that are not covered in a typical algebra course. Mathematical models based on maps, data, voting, and finance will be introduced and applied. Students will use these mathematical models to solve problems in management science, business, biology, social sciences, and more. Students will discuss problems from these fields, investigate them through project-based learning, and demonstrate mastery through assessments.
Assignments: 4 Units
Final Assessment: Open-Book Final Exam
Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to do the following:
- Identify situations in life that can be modeled by mathematics.
- Apply mathematical algorithms and processes to solve real-world problems.
- Identify how everyday path problems can be estimated through heuristics.
- Estimate minimum cost solutions to mapping/bin packing/order requirement problems.
- Create and interpret basic statistical output to help describe a data problem or solution.
- Present alternative voting systems based on their individual strengths and weaknesses.
- Choose and calculate financial investments/loans based on compound interest.
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