MTH 050 Number Sense and Critical Thinking

This course focuses on numerical literacy and on the four basic mathematical operations with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, exponents, and square roots, and using them to model problems with both estimations and exact answers. Students will develop skills in basic arithmetic algorithms, including the use of formulas and basic geometry. The metric system, conversion of measurement units, and scientific notation is introduced. Signed numbers are introduced, including operations. Math 050 is presented with an emphasis on critical thinking and problem-solving.




Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
Demonstrate proficiency in estimating and comparing results of mathematical calculations and determine the reasonableness of the answer. Perform the four basic mathematical operations on whole numbers, fractions, and decimals to obtain exact answers both with and without a calculator. Model and solve problems using the four basic mathematical operations. Demonstrate understanding and knowledge of the use of units including labeling measurements, applying units to solutions, and converting units by using dimensional analysis. Perform operations involving signed numbers including exponents and evaluating expressions.