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I have taught undergraduate mathematics at the University of Maryland University College since 2010. UMUC’s classes are primarily delivered via distance education though some courses are “hybrid” including a weekly session on campus, usually at the University of Maryland, College Park. At UMUC, I routinely teach the introductory mathematics courses:

  • MATH 106 Finite Mathematics A survey of basic business mathematics. This course includes an introduction to mathematical finance (loan and annuity modeling), simple matrix mathematics, linear programming, set theory, and basic probability.
  • MATH 107 College Algebra A gentle introduction college-level algebra including equations, inequalities, graphing, and polynomial and exponential equations.

I have also taught other courses from the mathematics program:

  • MATH 012 Intermediate Algebra A development course preparing students for one of the core college-level math courses listed above. This course introduces many algebraic concepts.
  • MATH 108 Trigonometry and Analytical Geometry This course picks up where MATH 107 leaves off and adds trigonometric functions, analysis of triangles and other simple shapes. Some proofs are also introduced.

  • MATH 115 Pre-Calculus This course is the contents of MATH 107 and MATH 108 in one semester!

  • MATH 140 Calculus I Calculus I is the traditional first semester of calculus. The course teaches limits and derivatives, with a focus on graphing. Finally, this course introduces the integral and sets up Calculus II.

Finally, I have taught courses from our statistics program. We are now down to just STAT 200, but we previously had an array of thematically-linked statistics classes for business, social science, and computer science:

  • STAT 200 Introduction to Statistics This is an introduction to applied statistics. Probability, t-tests, and \chi^2-tests are introduced. Application areas are broadly selected from across many different fields.
  • STAT 230 Introductory Business Statistics This is is essentially the same as STAT 200, but the examples are drawn primarily from business settings and include production and finance problems. This class has since been discontinued in favor of STAT 200, above, as a generalized statistics course.

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