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Mathematics for Teachers (MATH 1165)

Total Credits: 5
Lecture Credits: 5

Description: This course develops the foundations of the mathematical topics taught in grades K-6 and will also explore mathematical reasoning, problem-solving strategies, and historical themes to recognize that mathematics is a way of thinking rather than a collection of rules. You will learn number systems, algorithms, and their rationale; and basic geometry, including proofs, number theory, probability and elementary statistics. This course is appropriate for future elementary teachers and also for secondary teachers whose intended license is other than math and/or science and is also appropriate for liberal arts students seeking general education credits. Must be taken A-F.

Topical Outline:
1. Mathematical reasoning and communication
2. Numerical literacy: sets, base, place value, estimation, operations
3. Patterns in arithmetic, in algebra, in geometry and in statistics
4. Space, shape, measurement and formulas
5. Data investigations, randomness, uncertainty
6. Historical perspectives

Learning Outcomes:
1. Teach solving a problem in 3 different ways
2. Classify, explain an algorithm, and estimate the result
3. Express a pattern in 3 ways of more
4. Explain formulas of basic geometry
5. Display and analyze simple data
6. Present a topic in the history of mathematics

Prerequisites:  Placement into MATH 1165 or completion of MATH 0080 or MATH 0088

MnTC: Goal 4: Mathematics/Logical Reasoning