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1999 - 2000 MINICALENDAR
 Faculty of Arts
 Faculty of Pure and Applied Science

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AS/SC/ MATH 1580 3.0 F

The Nature of Mathematics I

      Designed to create a positive attitude towards mathematics through an examination of topics relevant to the study of mathematics at the elementary school level. Topics include numeral systems, number theory, nature of algebra and geometry. Intended primarily, but not exclusively, for Education students in the P/J stream.
      The main objective of this course is to provide opportunities for students to develop a positive attitude towards mathematics and to achieve success in thinking mathematically. The course has been designed with prospective elementary and middle school teachers as the principal intended audience. All students who feel that their background in mathematics is incomplete, or whose past experiences have caused them to avoid mathematics, are particularly encouraged to take this course.
      Topics (for example, numbers and number systems, graphs and networks, symmetry and patterns, growth and form, change, statistics, and the role of mathematics in society) will be chosen on the basis of their relevance to the formative and transition years' curriculum. An exploratory approach will be used in which students will work in small groups on selected problems and projects. Throughout, the focus will be on developing students' reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in communicating mathematics to each other and to an audience.
      The final grade will be based on a combination of assignments, projects and participation. The specific breakdown will be discussed and decided upon in the first class.

Exclusions:Not open to any student who has taken or is taking another university mathematics course unless permission of the course coordinator is obtained.

Coordinator: Pat Rogers

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