Criteria for Mathematics Core Courses

  1. As stated in the catalog, in this course "the students develop a facility in and appreciation for symbolic reasoning". The course should therefore focus on the translation of quantitative problems into a symbolic language, the solving of problems through symbolic manipulation, and the interpretation of the solution from the symbolic language. Of these three, the primary focus should be the solving of problems.
  2. The logical and mathematical conclusions reached in the course should rely primarily on symbolic manipulation, not empirical data.
  3. The course should help students understand the strengths and limitations of symbolic reasoning.
  4. The course should expose students to several different mathematical models.
  5. No course should have any prerequisites outside the list of inquiry in mathematics core classes.

Last updated March 8, 2007.

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