Math 1332 Mathematics for Liberal Arts Information

LSC-CyFair Math Department

Catalog Description

Intended for 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 communication should be embedded throughout the course.  Additional topics may be covered.

Course Learning Outcomes

The student will:

  • Apply the language and Notation of Sets.
  • Determine the validity of an Argument or statement And provide Mathematical evidence.
  • solve problems in mathematics of finance.
  • demonstrate fundamental probability/counting techniques and apply those techniques to solve problems.
  • Interpret and analyze various representations of data.
  • 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

Contact Hour Information

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


MATH 0308 or MATH 0309 or placement by testing;


Course may be taken with concurrent enrollment in Math 0232

Required Materials

Textbook:  Blitzer; Thinking Mathematically, 7th 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
ISBN for hard copies of MyMathLab access codes: 9780134705095
Hardbound text (optional), ISBN: 9780134683713
Hardbound text + free MyMathLab access, ISBN: 9780134708300


Calculators may be required for some assignments/assessments at the discrection of the Instructor.  Refer to class syllabus for details.
Neither cell phones nor PDA’s can be used as calculators.  Calculators may be cleared before tests.

Textbook Sections

Chapter 1. Problem Solving and Critical thinking
1.2 Estimation, Graphs and Mathematical Models

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

Chapter 8. Personal Finance
8.1 Percent, Sales Tax and Discounts
8.2 Income Tax
8.3 Simple Interest
8.4 Compound Interest
8.5 Annuities, Methods of Saving and Investments
At least One of the following three sections:
8.6 Cars
8.7 The Cost of Home Ownership
8.8 Credit Cards

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 (standard Deviation Optional)


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