This course will focus on understanding the foundational concept of function as well as important applications of various function families. The course emphasizes the use of algebra and functions in problem solving and modeling, provide a foundation in quantitative literacy, and supply the quantitative reasoning needed in partner disciplines, educational settings, and venues outside of academia. Following the recommendation of the Mathematical Association of America, this course focuses on creating and interpreting models to solve realistic problem situations and also develops an appreciation for the utility of mathematics. Topics include the study and analysis of elementary functions, equations and inequalities, (polynomial, exponential, logarithmic), systems of equations and matrices, and sequences and series.
The Teaching Foundations Project promotes the idea that "Great Learners Make Great Teachers" through delivering rigorous and highly engaging undergraduate coursework through creation, piloting, and distribution of curriculum. To find out more about The Teaching Foundations Project, read the document included below. This instructor’s kit is not intended to be an online course, but rather a set of resources and suggested uses that might be implemented in the teaching of this particular course.
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