Math 1332 College Mathematics for Liberal Arts Information

LSC-CyFair Math Department

Catalog Description
College Mathematics for Liberal Arts is a course designed for liberal arts and other nonmathematics, non-science, and nonbusiness majors, emphasizing an appreciation of the art, history, beauty, and applications of mathematics. Topics may include, but are not limited to, sets, logic, number theory, measurement, geometric concepts, and an introduction to probability and statistics.

Course Learning Outcomes
The student will:
• Demonstrate a mastery of the language of sets.
• Solve counting applications using permutation and combinations.
• Compute probabilities, including conditional probabilities, using principles of sets and counting.
• Identify the use and misuse of statistics in the real world.
• Create and interpret various methods of statistical display.

Contact Hour Information
Credit Hours:  3
Lecture Hours:  3
Lab Hours:  0
External Hours:  0
Total Contact Hours:  48

MATH 0309 or MATH 0310 or placement by testing;
College level readiness in reading and writing

Required Materials

Blitzer; Thinking Mathematically, 6th ed.; Pearson
Required: Students must buy an access code to MyMathLab, an online course management system which includes a complete eBook; students will first need a Course ID provided by the instructor in order to register; online purchase of MyMathLab access at; hard copies of access codes available with ISBN: 9780321199911
Hardbound text (optional), ISBN: 0321867327
Hardbound text + free MyMathLab access, ISBN: 0321923235

Graphing Calculator required.  TI 83, TI 84 or TI 86 series calculators recommended. 
Calculators capable of symbolic manipulation will not be allowed on tests.  Examples include, but are not limited to, TI 89, TI 92, and Nspire CAS models and HP 48 models. 
Neither cell phones nor PDA’s can be used as calculators.  Calculators may be cleared before tests.

Textbook Sections

(Note: This course is designed to be very flexible to meet the needs of a wide variety of students.  There are certain topics that must be covered to meet the required outcomes of the course and the catalog description; these are listed below.  The instructor is then free to pick and choose topics from the remainder of the text to fill out the semester. The chapters are largely independent of one another.)

Chapter 2.  Set Theory

2.1 Basic Set Concepts

2.2 Subsets

2.3 Venn Diagrams and Set Operations

2.4 Set Operations and Venn Diagrams with Three Sets

2.5 Survey Problems


Chapter 3.  Logic

3.1 Statements, Negations and Quantified Statements

3.2 Compound Statements and Connectives

3.3 Truth Tables for Negation, Conjunction and Disjunction

3.4 Truth Tables for the Conditional and Biconditional

3.5 Equivalent Statements and Variations of Conditional Statements

3.6 Negations of Conditional Statements and De Morgan's Laws

3.7 Arguments and Truth Tables

3.8 Arguments and Euler Diagrams


Chapter 11.  Counting Methods and Probability Theory

11.1 The Fundamental Counting Principle

11.2 Permutations

11.3 Combinations

11.4 Fundamentals of Probability

11.5 Probability with the Fundamental Counting Principle, Permutations and Combinations

11.6 Events Involving Not and Or, Odds

11.7 Events Involving And; Conditional Probability


Chapter 12. Statistics

12.1 Sampling, Frequency Distributions and Graphs

12.2 Measures of Central Tendency

12.3 Measures of Dispersion