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## GOAL AREA 4: MATHEMATICS

**Requirements**
**Goals**
To increase students' knowledge about mathematical and logical modes of thinking.
Knowledge of mathematics will enable students to appreciate the breadth of applications
of mathematics, evaluate arguments, and detect fallacious reasoning. Students
will learn to apply mathematics, logic, and/or statistics to help them make
decisions in their lives and careers. Minnesota's public higher education systems
have agreed that developmental mathematics includes the first three years of
a high school mathematics sequence through intermediate algebra.

**Critical Thinking**
The practice of critical thinking skills necessary for mathematical and logical
reasoning, including analysis, identification of appropriate problem-solving
techniques, search for valid proofs.

**Student Competencies**
Students will be able to:

- illustrate historical and contemporary applications of mathematical/logical
systems.
- clearly express mathematical/logical ideas in writing.
- explain what constitutes a valid mathematical/logical argument (proof).
- apply higher-order problem-solving and/or modeling strategies.

- Courses that satisfy this goal area include

MATH 1100: Mathematical Reasoning (3 credits)

MATH 1107:
Introduction to Mathematical Sciences (3 credits)
- MATH 1170: College Algebra (4 credits)

MATH 1180: Trigonometry (3 credits)

- MATH 1470: Precalculus (5 credits)
- MATH 2471: Calculus I (5 credits)
- MATH 2472: Calculus II (5 credits)

PHIL 2230: Logic (3 credits)

PHIL 3350: Symbolic Logic (3
credits)

- OTHERS:

All-University course numbers 1952 and 2952 are available to any department for use as study-travel courses, subject to approval, and will satisfy this goal area.

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