Liberal Arts Mathematics
Spring '13


Instructor: Geoff Hagopian
Office: Math 12, email: ghagopian@colleGEOFthedesert.edu;
Phone: 776-7223.
Web Site: geofhagopian.net

Text: COMAP (Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications), For All Practical Purposes: Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics,  seventh edition, W. H. Freeman & Company (2007)

Prerequisite: Math 40 (Intermediate Algebra) with a grade of "C" or better, or Math Placement Test

Course Description: This course is designed for Social Science and Liberal Arts majors; for prospective k-12 teachers and anyone with an interest in contemporary mathematics. Emphasis is on applications of Mathematics in the areas of management science, probability and statistics, social choice and decision making, game theory, and consumer of finance. Topics include graphs, sets, logic & counting, probability, linear systems, linear programming & scheduling, statistics, mathematics of finance and applications for Liberal Arts majors.

Text: The reading in the textbook is essential. Care has been taken by the author to make this text readable. You should read with a pencil and paper and be prepared to work problems, make notes and reread various sections, as necessary to gain a firm grasp of what you're reading. There is much information in the textbook which we won't have time to fiscussed during class, but you're responsible for it nonetheless. Students need to read the chapter in the text before that chapter is discussed in class.

Class Attendance: Regular class attendance is an important part of this course and roll will be taken each day. You are expected to be in class on time. Excessive absences or tardiness will lead to disciplinary action.

Resources: There are all sorts of resources available at the publisher's web site for this text.
There are various study centers on campus where you can access the web and get tutorial help.
These include

  • the Math/Science Study Center (M4)
  • the MESA Center (MSTC)
  • the Tutoring Center (E7)
  • the Library and
  • the Hilb Student Center.

Tests: There will be an in-class test over each of the major sections we will study. These tests will be closed book.

Homework: Problems from the textbook will be assigned. The list of problems can be considered the minimum problem set common toall. Working out solutions to the problems is the essence of what you learn. Solutions will be discussed in class. 

Projects: More extensive problems and writing projects may be assigned, as time allows.

Final Examination: A cumulative final examination will be given at the end of the semester


In-class tests 60%
Assigned projects 30%
homework 10%