Phone: (757) 8238820 
Office: Suite B168 Brown Memorial Hall 

DEPARTMENT WEBSITE: Math Website
COURSE NAME: Contemporary Mathematics
COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This is a onesemester, liberal arts mathematics course that satisfies the minimum general education mathematics requirement. The course emphasizes global, unifying ideas in mathematics and stresses the connections between contemporary mathematics and modern society. Topics are selected from elementary mathematics, logic, probability and statistics, discrete systems, geometry, measurement, and consumer applications.
METHOD OF INSTRUCTION: Lecture
PRE/COREQUISITES:
Completion of MTH 101 with a minimum of “C” or Placement Test
COURSE RATIONALE:
Again, this course is a part of the general education core requirements at Norfolk State University (NSU) which provide the foundation for the Academy’s mission to increase in students the knowledge, qualities and attitudes necessary to become productive citizens who contribute to a globally and rapidly changing society. Through this course, it is the goal of the Department of Mathematics at NSU to aid students in the liberal arts in mastering basic mathematical skills, and enhancing their quantitative reasoning/critical thinking skills.
Thus, the applications and emphases will occur within the following four contexts:
 Numeric or arithmetic
 Conceptual
 Geometric
 Data representation and chance element
More importantly, successful completion of this course will assist students in developing the proficiency needed to do well on such tests as the Praxis I: PreProfessional Mathematics Skills Test (PPST®), the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA™), and/or the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE®) General Test of Quantitative Reasoning. These tests serve as gateways for admission into the School of Education, certification to teach public school in Virginia, and/ or admission to graduate study.
COURSE GOALS AND INTENDED OUTCOME:
The following are the major goals to be achieved by students taking this course:
 Increase quantitative reasoning/ literacy skills needed for informed citizenship, advancement, and strategic problem solving
 Develop an understanding about the fundamentals of probability and statistics as well as understand how these numbers are used to make decisions
 Gain an appreciation for the importance of financial health, investing, and real estate
 Develop an understanding of the fundamentals of measurement and geometry for the purpose of improving proficiency on standardized tests
 Build a repertoire of problem solving strategies such as the use Venn diagrams, proportional reasoning, and logic for improved reasoning ability
 Improve ability to analyze and interpret graphic representations of information for decision making and improving proficiency on standardized tests
At the completion of this course, students should be able to:
 Express a fraction as a percent.
 Express a decimal as a percent.
 Express a percent as a decimal.
 Use the percent formula.
 Solve applied problems involving percents.
 Calculate simple interest.
 Use the future value formula.
 Use the simple interest formula on a discounted loan.
 Use compound interest formulas.
 Calculate present value.
 Understand and compute effective annual yield.
 Identify and use inductive reasoning with an emphasis on discovering patterns.
 Identify and use deductive reasoning.
 Use estimation techniques to arrive at an approximate answer to a problem.
 Apply estimation techniques to information given by graphs.
 Solve problems with numeric, algebraic, geometric, conceptual, statistical, and chance contexts using the fourstep problem solving process.
 Identify and use the appropriate symbols when writing in set notation.
 Determine a set’s cardinal number.
 Identify equal and equivalent sets.
 Use Venn Diagrams to visualize set relationships with an emphasis on a survey’s results and answer questions about the survey.
 Perform operations with sets.
 Evaluate an exponential expression.
 Find ratios.
 Solve problems using proportional reasoning.
 Demonstrate quantitative literacy in the U.S. Customary and metric systems of measurement.
 Convert from one unit to another within the same or different systems using dimensional analysis.
 Use appropriate units for making measurements.
 Read a calibrated scale or measurement tool such as a ruler or protractor.
 Determine measurements needed to solve a problem.
 Identify and use geometric concepts in making linear, area, and volume measurements.
 Solve measurement problems by using a formula, proportional reasoning, or nonstandard unit.
 Identify and use geometric properties and relationships in both pure and realworld situations such as determining a distance using the Pythagorean relationship.
 Use the Fundamental Counting Principle the number of possible outcomes in a given situation.
 Evaluate factorial expressions.
 Distinguish between permutation and combination problems.
 Solve problems using the permutations and combinations formulas.
 Compute and compare theoretical and empirical probabilities.
 Compute probabilities with the Fundamental Counting Principle, permutations, and combinations.
 Find the probability that an event will not occur.
 Compute probabilities of compound events.
 Use and compute odds.
 Compute conditional probabilities.
 Compute expected values.
 Identify trends and deceptions in visual displays of data.
 Organize and present data.
 Select an appropriate sampling technique.
 Calculate, compare, and select the best measure of central tendency given a data set.
 Determine the range and standard deviation for a data set.
 Recognize the characteristics of a normal distribution.
 Define the empirical rule within the context of a realworld situation.
 Make a scatter plot given a table of data points.
 Interpret information given a scatter plot.
 Write the equation of the regression line.
 Predict values for the dependent variable using the regression line.
REQUIRED TEXT & MATERIALS:
 Mathematical Ideas (11th Ed.) by Miller, Heeren, and Hornsby
 Scientific calculator
 Notebook or folder
COURSE OUTLINE:
*Optional
SECTION  TOPIC(S) 
 Housekeeping 
1.1/1.2  Reasoning in Numeric/ Conceptual Contexts: Solving Problems by Inductive Reasoning 
1.3  Problem Solving Strategies Problem Solving Strategies 
1.4  Calculating, Estimating, and Reading Graphs Cooperative Learning Activity (Review/ Reinforce/Quiz) 
2.1  Introduction to Set Theory 
2.2  Venn Diagrams and Subsets 
2.3  Set Operation 
2.4  Cardinal Numbers and Surveys Cooperative Learning Activity (Review/Reinforce/Quiz) 
7.3  Ratio, Proportion and Variation Cooperative Learning Activity (Review/Reinforce/Quiz) Test 1 
14.1  The Time Value of Money 
14.2/14.3  Consumer Credit and Truth in Leading* 
14.4  Purchasing a Home 
14.5  Investing Cooperative Learning Activity (Review/Reinforce/Quiz) Test 2 (Midterm) 
9.1  Reasoning in a Geometric Context: Points, Lines, Planes, and Angles 
9.2  Curves, Polygons, and Circles 
9.3  Perimeter, Area, and Circumference 
9.4  The Geometry of Triangles 
9.5  Space Figures, Volume, and Surface area Cooperative Learning Activity (Review/Reinforce/Quiz) 
A1  The Metric and American Systems of Measurement The Metric and American Systems of Measurement Cooperative Learning Activity (Review/Reinforce/Quiz) Test 3 
11.111.3  Reasoning in data representation and Chance contexts: The Fundamental counting Principle; Permutations; Combinations 
12.1  Fundamentals of Probability 
12.2  Events involving Not and Or; Odds 
12.3  Events involving and; Conditional Probability 
12.5  Expected Value Cooperative Learning Activity (Review/Reinforce/Quiz) 
13.1  Sampling, Frequency Distrubutions, Graphs 
13.2  Measures of Central Tendency 
13.3  Measures of Dispersion 
13.5  Applying the 689599.7 Rule 
13.6  Scatter Plots and Regression Lines Cooperative Learning Activity (Review/Reinforce/Quiz) Test 4 
 Final Exam Review 
 Final Exam Review 
GRADING STANDARDS:
Final grades will be determined as follows:
A Minimum of 4 Tests:  40% 
Quizzes and Projects:  20% 
Online Practice Tests and Homework Sets:  20% 
Final Exam:  20% 
Grading Scale 
A : 10090 
B : 8980 
C : 7970 
D : 6960 
F : Below 60 
 Each student must obtain the appropriate textbook/materials and attend all lectures.
 Each student must complete 7 of 9 possible homework assignments online.
 An 70% mastery level is required per homework set with the exception of the first assignment.
 The student should complete the related homework assignments successfully before the inclass tests.
 Each student must complete at least 3 of 4 practice tests online.
 A 70% mastery level is required per test.
 The student should also the practice tests successfully before taking the related inclass test.
 Each student must complete all assignments in a timely manner.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING WEBBASED ASSIGNMENTS:
 Purchase your textbook and Student Access Kit.
 Write down the Course ID number that will be provided by your instructor inclass.
 Register online at http://www.coursecompass.com using the register button for students and following the onscreen instructions.
 Then follow the stepbystep guide for logging in and beginning your homework in MyMathLab. Be sure to download all plugins before you attempt your assignments.
COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS:
 Students must have Internet access.
 Students must purchase a text that with the MyMathLab Student Access Kit or purchase a code separately in the book store.
 Students who are completing online homework assignments from locations offcampus must use computers that
 Have Windows 2000,XP, Macintosh 9.2, OS X Version 10.1, or 10.2 as an operating system.
 Have a minimum Internet connection speed of 28.8 kbps (kilobits per second) and either Microsoft Internet Explorer (Version 5.x up to Version 6.0) or Netscape Navigator 7.0 as the browser.
 Have the following plugins downloaded: Adobe Reader, Macromedia Flash, Macromedia Shockwave Player, Apple QuickTime, and RealNetworks RealOne Player.
