MATH 1332: Contemporary Mathematics - University of Houston
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MATH 1332: Contemporary Mathematics

***This is a course guideline. Students should contact instructor for the updated information on current course syllabus, textbooks, and course content***

*This course was formerly MATH 1311*

Delivery format: Online/Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: None.

Course Description: A survey of contemporary mathematics intended for Non STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) majors. Topics include introductory treatments of logic, sets, financial mathematics, probability and statistics, and mathematical models for growth and decay. Note: May not apply to course or GPA requirements for a major or minor in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Students may not receive credit for both MATH 1314 and MATH 1332.

Textbook: "Using & Understanding Mathematics: A Quantitative Reasoning Approach", (8th Edition) by Bennett, Jeffrey | Briggs, William. ISBN-13: 9780137575336 (effective Spring 2023)

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  • Apply the language and notation of sets.
  • Determine the validity of an argument or statement and provide mathematical evidence.
  • Solve problems in mathematics of finance.
  • Demonstrate fundamental probability/counting techniques and apply those techniques to solve problems.
  • Interpret and analyze various representations of data.
  • Demonstrate the ability to choose and analyze mathematical models to solve problems from real-world settings, including, but not limited to, personal finance, health literacy, and civic engagement.

 [Additional course curriculum details: Intended for Non STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) majors. Topics include: introductory treatments of sets and logic, financial mathematics, probability and statistics with appropriate applications, number sense, proportional reasoning, estimation, technology, and communication.]


Technology Requirements:
Computer and internet access is required for this course. For the current list of minimum technology requirements and resources, copy/paste/navigate to the URL For additional information, contact the office of Online & Special Programs at or 713-743-3327.

In summary, students will need for (online and/or face to face) class:

▪ A functioning and updated computer (with microphone, speaker or earphones, and webcam if exam are online otherwise not)
▪ Reliable internet connection.
▪ PDF viewer
▪ Ability to log in to CASA for online assignments.
▪ Ability to watch mp4 files.
▪ Ability to access Microsoft TEAMS platform for online classes. Note that all UH students have access to MS teams with their cougar net ID.


Grading: Please consult your instructor's syllabus regarding any and all grading guidelines.

Course Outline/Sections: Please consult your instructor's syllabus regarding any and all grading guidelines 


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