MTH 151 Syllabus


Division: Arts and Sciences Date: January, 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught: Liberal Arts Humanities, Liberal Arts Social Sciences


Course Number and Title: MTH 151, Mathematics for the Liberal Arts I


Credit Hours: 3 Hours/Wk Lecture: 3Hours/Wk Lab: Lec/Lab Comb:



I.              Catalog Description: Presents topics in sets, logic, numeration systems, geometric systems, and elementary computer concepts. Prerequisites: a placement recommendation for MTH 151 and Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry or equivalent. Lecture 3 hours per week.


II.            Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught:


This course explores basic set theoretical principles, fundamental logical concepts, number systems and axiomatic systems of geometry. The course thus contributes to developing critically reflective students through exploration of foundational topics in mathematics.


III.           Required background:


Completion of MTE 5


IV.          Course Content:


1.    Basic set theory

2.    Basic logic theory (truth tables, vena diagrams)

3.    Notational-systems (ancient and contemporary)

4.    Geometry as an axiomatic system


V. Learner Outcomes


The student will:

VI. Evaluation

A.   Analyze and form valid arguments

B.   Understand logical consistency

C.   Appreciate the historical background of mathematics

D.   Be able to research historical topics in mathematics

E.   Write and present historical information on mathematics.

Students will be given pencil and paper examinations on course topics. Further, students will be required to complete a research project on a topic in mathematics on the history of mathematics evaluation tasks.


         VII.    This course supports the following objectives:



DCC Educational Objectives:

Critical Thinking
Cultural and Social Understanding
Information Literacy

Quantitative Reasoning
Scientific Reasoning