MATH 2UU3, Fall 2018
NUMBERS FOR LIFE
The objectives of this course are: to show that mathematics and statistics are indeed relevant and a lot more interesting than formulas and algebraic manipulations often taught in high school and even in some university math courses; to discuss a variety of important and amazing mathematical ideas, and to connect them not just to other sciences, but to other disciplines, such as medicine, humanities, and social sciences; to inform us and to educate about critical problems that we, and our planet, face in the near future; to equip us with tools and skills that will enable us to live as concerned, reflective, and constructive citizens; to improve our logical thinking skills, so that we can learn how to be smart and alert in dealing with everyday situations, and to make good decisions based on knowing how to analyze numeric and statistical information; to recognize nonsense, fake science, fake news, intentionally misleading narratives, and fallacies in someone’s arguments; to be able to reason about risk, probability and chance; to present basics of statistical inference and its importance in supporting scientific (and general) arguments; to motivate us to learn more on our own, to appreciate ideas in mathematics and statistics, and to use them whenever appropriate; to have fun! and to enjoy working on all kinds of problems aimed at improving problem-solving skills. This course requires a good amount of reading, understanding and analyzing text, and answering mathematical and statistical questions in a narrative form.
INSTRUCTOR: M. Lovric
Principles of quantitative reasoning, problem-solving and critical thinking, discussed in contexts related to, and relevant for, our daily lives, our society and the environment we live in. Content delivered through lecture and class discussion in an engaging and non-threatening way. Course develops core competencies often referred to as numeracy, or numeric literacy.
Three lectures; one term
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