Math 201 syllabus
Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I
An examination of some of the major ideas encountered in the teaching of elementary
mathematics. Topics include introduction to problem solving, sets, relations, logic,
numeration systems, elementary number theory, properties and operations for whole
numbers, integers, rational numbers, and real numbers. NOTE: MA 201 does not fulfill
graduation requirements for any curriculum other than College of Education and Professional
C or better in MA 110 or MA 112 or higher level course.
Calvin T. Young, Duane W. DeTemple, and Richard S. Millman: Mathematical
Reasoning for Elementary Teachers: Pearson, 7th edition, 2015 (ISBN 126973072X).
Upon the successful completion of the course a student will be able to:
- Students will gain a conceptual understanding of basic arithmetic and problem
solving algorithms traditionally used in the United States.
- Students will be introduced to new algorithms through the examination of
techniques constructed by children for solving problems.
- Students will learn to reason about quantities, and to express their reasoning
Topics & Time Distribution:
By assuming the total of 13 weeks, the instructor is given an extra week and a half to use
for tests, emphasis on certain topics, etc.
Chapter 1 - Introduction to Problem Solving (1 week)
Chapter 2 - Sets, Whole Numbers, Numeration (1.5 weeks)
Chapter 3 - Numeration and Computation (1.5 weeks)
Chapter 4 - Number Theory (2 weeks)
Chapter 5 - Integers (1.5 weeks)
Chapter 6 - Fractions and Rational Numbers (2 weeks)
Chapter 7 - Decimals, Real Numbers, and Proportional (2 weeks)
Below are the essential sections which should be covered by all instructors.
Chapter 1: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3
Chapter 2: 2.2, 2.3, 2,4
Chapter 3: 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4
Chapter 4: 4.1, 4.2, 4.3
Chapter 5: 5.1, 5.2, 5.3
Chapter 6: 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4
Chapter 7: 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4
Common homework problems are to be given through MyLabsPlus.
Last updated: September 23, 2014.