MAT 1000 - Mathematics in Today's World

MAT 1000 is a 3-credit course which studies some of the applications of mathematics to topics of general interest in today's society.  Attaining a C or better in this course will meet the Quantitative Experience General Education requirement.  This course is not a prerequisite for any other math department course.



The required textbook is For All Practical Purposes, Mathematics in Today's World, Tenth Edition, by COMAP. 


Through Spring/Summer 2018



Introduction to Statistics: Graphical representation of data.  Single variable statistics, two variable statistics, random sampling, confidence intervals, basic principles of probability.

The Mathematics of Information: Modular arithmetic.  Check digits.  Bar codes.  Linear codes.  Huffman coding.  Cryptography.



Students qualify for MAT 1000 by having achieved one of the following:

  • satisfactory score on the Mathematics Placement Exam in the past 24 months.
  • a grade of CNC or better in MAT 0900 or MAT 0993, taken at Wayne State University in the past 24 months.
  • a grade of C- or higher in any MAT course numbered 1050 or higher (no expiration).
  • a grade of C or higher in any transferred MAT course numbered 1050 or higher (no expiration).
  • an SAT Math score of 450 or higher, or an ACT Math score of 18 or higher, taken in the last 24 months.
For placement at this level, students should have a command of numerical and beginning algebra concepts and techniques corresponding approximately to one year of high school algebra.
Beginning with Fall 2018


An exploration of current applications of mathematics, such as gerrymandering, consumer mathematics, cryptography, identification numbers, art, music, statistical design, optimal decision making, and risk assessment



MAT 1000 is changing to reflect the new Quantitative Experience General Education requirement.  As a result, this course will no longer have a prerequisite.  Any student can enroll, without restriction.



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