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Welcome to all students taking any math class. The pages of this guide have a variety of resources that will help you better understand math from basic college algebra through calculus. There are books, eBooks,  video tutorials, and quick reference guides. Use these resources together with your class notes, textbook and your professor's guidance to understand mathematics and its place in your education.

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Why Study Math???

What Students Are Saying About the Value of Math from the New York Times Leaning Network November 10, 2022

Math can help us do many things that are important in our everyday lives. Here are some daily tasks for which math is important:

  • Managing money $$$
  • Balancing the checkbook
  • Shopping for the best price
  • Preparing food
  • Figuring out distance, time and cost for travel
  • Understanding loans for cars, trucks, homes, schooling or other purposes
  • Understanding sports (being a player and team statistics)
  • Playing music
  • Baking
  • Home decorating
  • Sewing
  • Gardening and landscaping
  • Critical thinking
  • Time management
  • Communication
  • Decision making

Mathematics has evolved over many centuries to help solve problems. Math teaches us to think logically, how to identify and state a problem clearly, plan how to solve the problem, and then to apply the appropriate methods to evaluate and solve the problem.

You learn to evaluate and draw conclusions based on knowledge. You are surrounded by a large number of statistical data and studies. To be a successful student and also an informed citizen, you should be able to evaluate these studies and the data they present in order to decide what is true or reasonable. Mathematics help you recognize mistakes in thinking or analysis that we encounter in our lives. How many advertisements or political polls have you seen lately? Do you have the quantitative skills to evaluate their messages? Mathematics can help.

Math is essential in Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics fields (STEM), but it is also needed in many other fields including economics, many of the social sciences such as psychology and sociology, and in many of the arts and humanities disciplines including art, music, and mass communications. Mathematics has been called “the universal language”.

 Numbers and mathematics help us keep score–not just in sports contests, but in measuring money, time, distance, cooking and baking, balancing a checkbook, planning an improvement project, and buying the necessary materials. 

Logic and quantitative reasoning attained in mathematics courses helps us make better decisions. Learning how to solve the hard challenges is an asset that will pay dividends throughout your lives. These challenges may be a complex statistical analysis or one of the many challenges you face in your life.

We also use numbers and mathematics for leisure. We play card games, electronic games, crossword puzzles, and Sudoku’s. They all share a common element of mathematics.

Technology is changing rapidly and the basis of many of these technological changes is mathematics and logic. These changes are so rapid that it would be difficult to predict the skills that people will need in the future workplace or at home in the coming years. But a good basis in mathematics, statistics, and technology will keep you agile enough to adapt to the advances in technology.

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