This course includes the study of several mathematical systems. The role of mathematics in modern culture, the role of postulational thinking in all of mathematics, and the scientific method are discussed. The course considers topics such as: the nature of axioms, truth and validity; the concept of number; the concept of set; scales of notation; and groups and fields.

**Course Credit:** 4

Professor: June Gaston | jgaston@bmcc.cuny.edu

**Special Instructions and Information:**

MATHEMATICAL IDEAS for BMCC (Custom edition, Softcover)

Authors: Miller, Heeren, and Hornsby

Publisher: Pearson Custom Publishing; Custom edition (2012)

ISBN-10: 1-256-48582-9

ISBN-13: 978-1-256-48582-7

Note that you are required to attend face-to-face sessions in N550, 7pm to 8:40pm.

Students should confidently accept control over their own mathematical learning, and also accept related responsibilities that involve extensive reading, problem solving and meeting posted deadlines. Knowledge of set theory and logic is also very helpful but not required.