MATH 150 - World of Mathematics

Course Description

This course has been specially designed as an alternative to the more traditional general education math courses (Algebra and Pre-Calculus). The content of the course will focus on the varied practical uses of mathematics that are found in everyday life. The student will gain an understanding and appreciation for the role of math in our lives through topics such as:
  • Financial matters (interest, savings plans, home mortgages, etc.)
  • Useful computer applications (building spreadsheet models for financial scenarios)
  • Measure and understanding data (statistics)
  • Understanding and calculating the likelihood of events (probability)


Dr. David M. Hansen

Texts and Materials

  • Gilbert & Hatcher, Mathematics Beyond the Numbers New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Scientific calculator - necessary for class sessions and homework
  • Laptop computer with spreadsheet software


Through this course, the student will:
  • Discover and learn several usable applications of math found in real life,
  • Develop and practice problem solving skills,
  • Experience a mathematics course as enjoyable, rewarding, helpful, and maybe even fun!

Course Organization

Homework exercises are assigned for each class session, and students are expected to complete all exercises. Assignments must be turned in at the beginning of class - late assignments will not be accepted.

Pop quizzes will be given throughout the course. These quizzes will be comprehensive over the current course topic only, and the content will come directly from emphasized lecture material and the assigned homework exercises.

Mini-exams. At the conclusion of each course section (see schedule), there will be a comprehensive exam over that particular topic.

If you have specific physical, psychiatric, or learning disabilities and require accommodations, please contact the Disability Services Office as early as possible so that your learning needs may be appropriately met. You will need to provide current documentation of your disability to the Disability Services Office. For more information, go to or contact Rick Muthiah, Dean of the Center for Teaching and Learning (ext. 2314)

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) on the Newberg campus provides all students with free writing consultation, academic coaching, and learning strategies (e.g., techniques to improve reading, note-taking, study, time management). The ARC, housed on the second floor of the Murdock Learning Resources Center (library), is open from 1:00-10:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 12:00-4:00 p.m. on Friday. Call 503-554-2327 or email the ARC to schedule an appointment. Visit for information about ARC Consultants' areas of study, instructions for scheduling an appointment, and helpful learning tools.


Grading Scale

The final grade will be based on:

  • 30% Homework & Quizzes
  • 65% Mini-exams (4-5)
  • 5% Course Participation
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