## Description

Math 1: Mathematical Reasoning

California State University, Sacramento · Department of Mathematics & Statistics

This is a one-semester course, which satisfies the quantitative reasoning requirement for GE (area B4). It is

recommended for students whose majors do not include a specific mathematics requirement. The objectives

of the course are the following:

Show the essence of mathematics – rather than teaching specific techniques in arithmetic, algebra or

other areas.

Help students see some of the quality, elegance, and beauty in mathematics, and overcome any fear of

mathematics.

Enhance precision in the evaluation and expression of ideas, and thereby develop a student’s quantitative

reasoning skills.

The primary purpose of the course is to give students an understanding of some of the vocabulary, methods

and reasoning of mathematics. The focus is on the ideas of mathematics and on giving students an understanding of why results hold – and not on learning specific results, techniques, or skills. Students will be

given periodic writing assignments that encourage them to think through concepts of the course.

Catalog Description

Recommended for students whose majors do not include a specific mathematics requirement. Objectives

are to show some of the essence and quality of mathematics, and to enhance precision in the evaluation and

expression of ideas, thereby developing a student’s quantitative reasoning skills. Designed to give students

an understanding of some of the vocabulary, methods, and reasoning of mathematics with a focus on ideas.

Graded: Graded Student. Units: 3.0.

Prerequisites

None.

Area B-4 Mathematical Concepts and Quantitative Reasoning Student

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

1. Solve problems by thinking logically, making conjectures, and constructing valid mathematical

arguments.

2. Make valid inferences from numerical, graphical and symbolic information.

3. Apply mathematical reasoning to both abstract and applied problems, and to both scientific and nonscientific problems.

Text

To be determined in consultation with the instructor and the Math 1 Coordinator. Texts will be recommended

for use in the course, and a text will be chosen for any sections that are not taught by full-time faculty. (The

recommendations of texts are intended to indicate a reasonable level for the course.) A typical text for classes

not taught by full-time faculty would be Excursions in Modern Mathematics by Peter Tannenbaum.

5out of 5admin–good course