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    MA 203, Foundations of Elementary Mathematics I

    Course Champion - Sandra Zak

    Careful examination of mathematical ideas behind the mathematics taught in grades K-6, their history, and applications to daily life. Intended primarily for future elementary school teachers to provide them with a better understanding of the mathematics they will teach. This course, along with MA 204, Foundations of Elementary Mathematics II, will also be of value for any student who wants a better understanding of these ideas. Focus on understanding and exploring the mathematics through problem solving, projects, group explorations, use of manipulatives, and some use of technology. MA 203 concentrates on problem solving, whole number arithmetic and theory, discrete math, integers, fractions, decimals, and algebraic concepts. MA 203 does not count towards the mathematics major or minor requirements.  Prerequisite: MA 050, passes with a grade of "C-" or higher, if required.


    MA 204, Foundations of Elementary Mathematics II

    Course Champion - Sandra Zak

    Careful examination of mathematical ideas behind the mathematics taught in grades K-6, their history, and applications to daily life. Intended primarily for future elementary school teachers to provide them with a better understanding of the mathematics they will teach. This course, along with MA 203, Foundations of Elementary Mathematics I, will also be of value for any student who wants a better understanding of these ideas. Focus on understanding and exploring the mathematics through problem solving, projects, group explorations, use of manipulatives, and some use of technology. Topics in MA 204 include fractions, ratios and percentages, data analysis, counting and probability, geometry of shape, measurement, and measurement geometry (perimeter, area, surface area, volume). MA 204 does not count towards the mathematics major or minor requirements. Prerequisite: MA 203 passed with a grade of "C-" or higher.

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    MA 205 Number Systems

    Careful examination of mathematical ideas behind the mathematics taught in grades K-6, and their history and applications in daily life. Intended primarily for future elementary school teachers to provide them with a better understanding of the mathematics they will teach. Concentrates on the various number systems of school mathematics: whole numbers, integers, fractions, decimals. It does this by examining, in other number bases, standard algorithms for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, as well as alternative algorithms in base ten, including student-generated algorithms. The course will focus on understanding and exploring the mathematics through problem solving, projects, group explorations, use of manipulatives, and some use of technology. MA 205 does not count towards the mathematics major or minor requirements. Students cannot receive credit for both MA 203 and MA 205. Prerequisite: MA 050, passed with a "C-" or higher, if required.

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    MA 206, Algebraic Thinking, Probability and Statistics

    Careful examination of mathematical ideas behind the mathematics taught in grades K-6, and their history and applications of daily life. Intended primarily for future elementary school teachers to provide them with a better understanding of the mathematics they will teach. MA 206 concentrates on the algebraic thinking, probability and statistics. It develops algebraic thinking by extending concepts from Number Systems (MA 205) via problem-solving, proportional relationships, pattern-recognition, generalization and identities. Probability introduces key concepts from discrete mathematics and applies proportional relationships. Statistics involves systematic organization of data. The course will focus on understanding and exploring the mathematics through problem solving, projects, group explorations, use of manipulatives, and some use of technology. MA 206 does not count towards the mathematics major or minor requirements. Prerequisite: MA 205 passed with a grade of "C-" or better.

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    MA207, Elementary Geometry

    Careful examination of mathematical ideas behind the mathematics taught in grades K-6, and their history and applications to daily life. Intended primarily for future elementary school teachers to provide them with a better understanding of the mathematics they will teach. This is an activity-centered course. Content will focus on geometric shapes, motions and change, length, area and volume and their measurement. There is an emphasis on understanding a variety of problem solving strategies, conjectures, reasoning, mathematical representations including manipulatives, and communicating. MA 207 does not count toward the mathematics major or minor requirements. Students cannot receive credit for both MA 204 and MA 207. Prerequisite: MA 205 pass with a grade of "C-" or better.

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    MA 220, Probability and Statistics I

    To provide an axiomatic, calculus-based approach to probability and introductory statistics. The course is built around the process of performing a statistical analysis; posing the question, collecting the data, describing the data, analyzing and modeling the data, and drawing inferences from the data regarding the original question. Specific topics covered include sampling, descriptive analysis of data, probability, random variables, discrete and continuous distributions, expectation, confidence intervals, one sample hypothesis testing, chi-square analyses, correlation, and regression. Prerequisite: MA 116 or MA 118 or MA 126 passed with a grade of "C-" or higher.


    MA 221, Linear Algebra

    Systems of equations, matrix algebra, linear transformations, Eigenvectors, linear programming, and computational methods. Prerequisites: MA 120 or MA130, and MA125, each passed with a grade of "C-" or higher.


    MA 225, Calculus III

    Infinite series, partial differentiation, multiple integration, and associated solid analytic geometry. Prerequisite: MA 126,  passed with a grade of "C-" or higher.


    MA 237, Programming in Mathematics

    Provides an introduction to the use of technology as it applies to mathematics. A major component of the course will be to build a solid foundation in the skills needed to apply mathematical concepts to programming. In addition, the use of technology in presentations, scholarly searches, and its role and limitations in computer and internet security will be covered. Students will gain an appreciation of the important ethical and social issues involving the use of technology. Prerequisites: MA 120 and MA 126, both passed with a "C-" or higher. Corequisite: MA 311 or MA 221 or MA 225.