MAT 101: Contemporary Mathematics

Course Description

This course will focus on the application of mathematics to today’s world. Topics include street networks, producing and describing data, number and bar codes, weighted voting and apportionment, social choices and linear programming applications. (3 credits)

Recommended Prerequisite

  • MAT 100: Elementary Algebra or High school Algebra

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the use of basic Mathematics and algebra in today’s world
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the meaning and implications of basic techniques
  3. Demonstrate critical judgment and decision-making ability using quantitative tools
  4. Demonstrate an appreciation of the power and scope of analytical thinking

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Students will be assessed as follows:





Collaborative Project




Final Exam




The mid-semester grade will be based on the average of the first two online quizzes (60%) and level of required participation in chapter threaded discussion

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore

  • COMAP. For All Practical Purposes: Mathematical Literacy in Today’s World - with Launchpad. 10th ed. New York: Freeman and Company, 2016. ISBN-10: 1-31906112-5 or ISBN-13: 978-1-319-061128 [Looseleaf version]
    Note: This textbook should be purchased NEW only.

Additional Materials and Resources

  • Within the online course shell, students will find a list of suggested problems for each textbook chapter. Students are highly encouraged to focus ONLY on those sections of the chapter that correspond to the suggested problems. These are clearly delineated in the textbook through the headings for each section of problems.
  • A collaborative (group) project will be assigned during the second week of the course. Students will have the opportunity of selecting a specific topic (first come, first served) and those that select the same topic will form a group for that particular project. E-mail notification will be sent to all students when the project details are posted and students are asked to wait until they receive that announcement prior to selecting project choices.

Course Schedule





1, 2, 3, 4
Chapters 1 & 2– Urban Services; Business Efficiency


1, 2, 3, 4
Chapters 3 & 4 – Planning & Scheduling; Linear Programming


1, 2, 3, 4
Chapters 5 & 6 – Exploring Data; Distributions & Relationships


1, 2, 3, 4
Chapters 7 & 8 – Data for Decisions; Probability


1, 2, 3, 4
Chapters 9 & 11– Social Choice; Weighted Voting Systems


1, 2, 3, 4
Chapters 13 & 14 – Fair Division; Apportionment


1, 2, 3, 4
Chapters 16 & 17 – Identification Numbers; Information Science


1, 2, 3, 4
Complete Collaborative Project & Online Final Exam

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COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources

Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.