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Introduction and Aims (Learning Outcomes)


This course is intended primarily for a learner who has been out of formal education for some time. It may be someone who never went to university level study because of work obligations. Or, it may be someone who has a few credits at the higher education level (perhaps community college in the US or a few credits from a university.) The intent of this course is to build on whatever experience the learner brings, helping him or her integrate previous experience with mathematical methods for the solving of authentic problems.

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By the end of this journey, learners should be able to demonstrate their ability to do the following:
  1. To use algebraic tools such as equation solving and graphing
  2. To identify assumptions made in developing a mathematical solution and, from that, some possible limitations of a proposed solution
  3. To articulate a problem in mathematical terms and identify a model for solution that includes the use of equations and graphs
  4. To be able to articulate the why and how for methods used and to use terminology correctly, such as the following: variable, function, equation, linear, quadratic, line graph
  5. To use error-checking strategies in order to validate the appropriateness of a solution
  6. To have improved skills of self-assessment that will help identify next areas for improvement

(Comment.gif: Consider the inclusion of a microblog activity here and photo to go with the intro text. --Wayne Mackintosh 03:56, 7 August 2012 (UTC))