Mathematics for Liberal Arts I

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Course Description:
This course is designed to enable students to meet part of the general education requirement in mathematics and receive instruction in a broad range of skills beyond algebra. Topics include: sets, logic, counting principles, the metric system, geometry, probability, statistics, permutations and combinations.


Course Details


Successful completion of the equivalent of one year of high school Algebra I.  This course will not satisfy the pre-requisite requirement for College Algebra – MAC1105

Co-requisite: MGF1106L (2 hour Lab)

A “C” grade or higher must be earned in this course to satisfy part of the general education requirements in mathematics.



Lisa Purvee




Required textbooks/ course materials:

Angel, Abbot, Runde. A Survey of Mathematics with Applications a la Carte Edition Plus MyMathLab. Pearson. 11th Edition. 2022. ISBN: 8220108232246 (instant access) Text book with Access Card OR MyLab Math with Pearson Etext-Access. ISBN: 9780135740576. 

NOTE:  If you purchased an access code for Liberal Arts I (MGF 1106) within the past two years you do not need to purchase a new access code


Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

Area 3 -Math:   Demonstrate Basic Mathematical Skills and Knowledge

The purpose of the mathematics component of the core curriculum is to develop quantitative literacy with an ability to apply basic mathematical tools in the solution of real-world problems.

M-1 Solve mathematical problems by using arithmetic, algebraic, or geometric skills.

M-2 Translate basic mathematical information verbally, numerically, graphically, or symbolically.

M-3 Solve mathematical problems using appropriate technology.

M-4 Interpret mathematical models such as formulas, graphs, tables, or schematics.

M-5 Solve contextual problems using mathematical processes. 


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods
  • Identify subsets, unions, and intersections of sets using various techniques.
  • Apply patterns of logic for decision making.
  • Solve application problems using perimeter, area and volume in the metric system. 
  • Solve application problems using properties of geometric shapes, such as angles, polygons, parallel and perpendicular lines.
  • Calculate probabilities, odds, permutations, and combinations.
  • Construct frequency distributions and statistical graphs.



M1, M2

M1, M2, M3, M4, M5

M1, M2. M3, M4, M5

M1, M2, M3, M4, M5

M1, M2, M3, M4, M5 

Homework, Unit Tests, Cumulative Final, Departmental Exam


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

  • Teacher facilitated: The teacher will be leading class discussions on the material contained in the text.
  • Student-centered: The students will be solving problems using their own graphing calculators.
  • Office Hours: The instructor will be available during office hours for individual assistance. The instructor’s schedule can be found posted on Canvas, their web site, and/or on their office door.
  • ACE tutors: Student tutors are available in the Academic Center of Excellence (ACE). Hours can be found posted each semester on the lab door and/or via the web site.


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