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10 Math Courses at Central Washington University

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Lauraanna Quinting

Central Washington University is a public university in Ellensburg, Washington. One of the most notable alumni of the school, James Norman Mattis, served as a United States Marine Corps general. Here are 10 different math courses students should check out at Central Washington University!

1. MATH 103 - Mathematics for Social Justice

social justice symbol with hands

This course teaches students how to understand and improve the world around us by exploring social, political and economic justice. The course also uses quantitative reasoning skills. If you are a social justice major, this is the course is great for you.

In order to register for the course, students must have been admitted into the Douglas Honors College, and obtained either a grade of C or higher in MATH 100B or an appropriate test score on the mathematics placement exam. The professor of the course Tyler Suronen. The course is worth 5 credits.

2. MATH 152 - Functions and Reasoning

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Students will develop precalculus readiness, and increased understanding of algebraic concepts and skills through this course. The course topics cover real number algebra, rates of change, linear and quadratic relationships to function, and manipulation of quantities represented symbolically, graphically, and in words.

The course is worth 5 credits. In order to take the course, students must have either received a satisfactory score on the math placement exam or completed MATH 100B with a C or higher. The professor of the course is Andrew Richards.

3. MATH 260 - Sets and Logic

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Sets and Logic covers the essentials of mathematical proofs. This course talks about the use of quantifiers and principles of valid inference, and Set Theory (which is a mathematical system).

In order to register for the course, students must have completed one of the following courses with a grade C or higher: MATH 173, MATH 172 or CS 301. The professor of the course is Andrew Richards. The course is worth 5 credits.

4. MATH 210 - Statistics, Society, and Decisions

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The course covers statistics, and how they are used in diverse fields and current ethical and social issues surrounding the use of statistics and data.  This course is a great course to take if you are looking for a course that covers math and real-world situations. However, note that this course does not count towards the Mathematics minor.

This course requires students to have completed one of the following: at least a 500 on the SAT, a 19 on the ACT, or a score of 50-Pre-Algebra or 26-Algebra or 31-College Algebra, or 31-Trigonometry on the Compass test. The professor of the course is Andrew Richards. The course is worth 5 credits.

5. MATH 337 - Cryptological Mathematics

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This course covers code-making and code-breaking. Students will sutdy about Famous historical ciphers, including substitution, Hill, and Vigenere ciphers. Students will also investigate public key cryptography and signature authentication methods.

If you are interested in learning about code making or are in a computer science major, this is a great course to take. The course is 5 credits. The professor of the course is Andrew Richards.

6. MATH 314 - Probability and Statistics

probability involving a dice and a coin

This course is a calculus-based introduction to probability statistics. Students will learn about the basic rules of probability, random variables, and continuous and discrete probability distributions. Other topics that will be covered in the course include sampling distributions for common statistics, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing.

The course is worth 5 credits. In order to register for the course, students must have completed MATH 173 with a grade of C or higher. The professor of the course is Andrew Richards.

7. MATH 290 - The Habits of Mind of Mathematical Thinkers

brain inside a lightbulb

In this course, students will engage in practices that highlight ways of thinking like mathematicians. They will also learn to transition from using mathematics as a tool to using mathematics as a way of thinking. This course is great if you are a critical thinker who want to improve your logistic skills.

Students will be expected to use logic and reasoning proofs during the course. The course is taught by Tyler Suronen, and is worth 3 credits. The course prerequisite is the completion of math 260.

8. MATH 320 - History of Mathematics

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This course is a study of the development of mathematics and the personalities involved. The course goes over the various public figures that made maths what it is today. It also covers specific dates and theories that were created by these figures.

The professor of the course is Tyler Suronen. The course is worth 3 credits. In order to register for the course, students must have completed MATH 260 with a grade of C or higher.

9. MATH 335 - Combinatorics and Graph Theory

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This course is an introduction to discrete mathematics and graph theory, with some applications. Students will be taught and expected to use proof writing. The course is very hands-on and visual with the number of graphs being used.

The professor of the course is Tyler Suronen. The course is worth 4 credits. The course requires students to have completed MATH 260 with a grade of C or higher previously.

10. MATH 130 - Finite Mathematics

 math decision making

Finite Mathematics covers the language of sets. Students will learn about counting procedures, introductory probability, decision-making, and descriptive statistics.

In order to register for the course, students must have either received a math placement test score resulting in eligibility for MATH 101 or completed MATH 100B with a grade of C or higher. The course is worth 5 credits. The professor of the course Andrew Richards.

Central Washington University offers a wide variety of math courses. Students can choose to take more general math courses such as Finite Mathematics, or more advanced courses such as Differential Equations and Advanced Calculus.

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