MATH 1332
Contemporary Mathematics I

Western Texas College

  1. Basic Course Information
    1. Course Description:  Intended for n  Non STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) majors.  Topics include introductory treatments of sets and logic, financial mathematics, probability and statistics with appropriate applications.  Number sense, proportional reasoning, estimation, technology, and communications should be embedded throughout the course.  Additional topics may be covered.
    2. Any required prerequisites:  Students must make a C or better in Math 0302 or have the appropriate entrance exam score.
    3. Online course content is administered through the college’s learning management system (LMS), Moodle, also called eCampus.  A link to eCampus can be found on myAdd dot and to Moodle (the big M with a graduation cap) on the college’s home page,
  2. Student Learning Outcomes
    1. Apply the language and notation of sets.
    2. Determine the validity of an argument or statement and provide mathematical evidence.
    3. Solve problems in mathematics of finance.
    4. Demonstrate fundamental probability/counting techniques and apply those techniques to solve problems.
    5. Interpret and analyze various representations of data.
    6. Demonstrate the ability to choose and analyze mathematical models to solve problems from real-world settings, including, but not limited to, personal finance, health literacy, and civic engagement.
  3. Testing Requirements – Online Students Only
    1. Online Students: The midterm and the comprehensive final exam must be proctored by an approved testing organization.  (Ask you instructor for more details.)
    2. Students are NOT allowed to use their book or notes of any kind while taking their proctored tests or midterm, and exam.
    3. Students are allowed to use a calculator.  However, the TI-89, TI-Inspire with CAS or any other calculator with CAS capability are not permitted.
    4. Students are allowed to use the formula sheet provided for the midterm and final exam.
  4. Major Course Requirements
    1. Major Requirement – Campus:  There will be 3 or more major exams.  Online:  There will be a Midterm.
    2. Major Requirement – There will be a comprehensive final exam.
    3. Major requirements and quizzes are all timed.
    4. Campus:  Homework/Quizzes 25%, Tests 50% and Comprehensive Final 25%
      Online: Homework 10%, Quizzes 30%, Midterm Exam 30% and Comprehensive Final 30%
    1. Final Grade:  A = 90 - 100,  B = 80- 89,  C = 70 -79,  D = 60 - 69,  F = 59 and below.
  5. Information on Books and Other Course Materials
    1. Book:  A Survey of mathematics with Applications, 9th edition, by Angel, Abbott, and Runde.  ISBN: 978-0-321-75966-5 (Book Only). (Book is optional for online students)
    2. Required Access Code:  Online Students must purchase a MyMathLab Access Code.  This code can be purchased stand alone or bundled with the textbook.
    3.  Calculators:  A TI-84 or its equivalent is strongly recommended.
  6. Other Policies, Procedures and important dates.  Please refer to the WTC Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final exam schedule
    3. How to drop a class.
    4. Withdrawal information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Class Attendance
    7. Students with disabilities
  7. Course Content

Chapter 2 Sets

2.1 Set Concepts
2.2 Subsets
2.3 Venn Diagrams and Set Operations
2.5 Applications of Sets

Chapter 3 Logic

3.1 Statements and Logical Connectives
3.2 Truth Tables for Negation, Conjunction, and

Chapter 11 Consumer Mathematics

11.1 Percent
11.2 Personal Loans and Simple Interest
11.3 Compound Interest
11.4 Installment Buying
11.5 Buying a House with a Mortgage
11.6 Ordinary Annuities, Sinking Funds, and
Retirement Investments

Chapter 12 Probability

12.1 The Nature of Probability
12.2 Theoretical Probability
12.3 Odds
12.4 Expected Value (Expectation)
12.5 Tree Diagrams
12.6 OR and AND Problems
12.7 Conditional Probability

Chapter 13 Statistics

13.1 Sampling Techniques
13.2 The Misuses of Statistics
13.3 Frequency Distributions and Statistical Graphs



Last Modified: August 31, 2017