This is an introductory course in arithmetical, geometric and algebraic analysis that introduces students to the place of mathematics in the quest for truth in the conversation of Western civilization. It is designed to equip students to understand basic issues in economics, financial management, business, science, and public policy in a way that sensitizes them to the use and abuse of mathematical reasoning in the public square. Beginning with standard arithmetical, geometric and algebraic concepts and manipulations, quantitative analytical skills will be extended to more complex quantitative analysis focused on applications of linear, quadratic, exponential and logarithmic functions, as well as systems of linear equations, infinite sequences and series, basic combinatorial analysis, and elementary probability theory.
Pre-requisite: No pre-requisite, though passing high school grades in algebra I and geometry or their equivalents would be very helpful.
Students who take MAT-155 for credit may not take MAT-160 for credit.