What Is Contemporary Math?

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Contemporary math is a math course designed for college freshman that develops critical thinking skills through mathematics with an emphasis on practical applications. Contemporary math provides students with an alternative to more traditional college algebra courses.

Traditionally, most college freshman meet their mathematics requirement with a college algebra course that extends high school mathematics into advanced algebra concepts. The math concepts taught in college algebra are not typically used in careers outside of the areas of math, science and technology. Contemporary mathematics teaches students skills used in other career areas while developing critical thinking skills that are useful in any career. Topics covered in contemporary math courses include statistics, practical geometry and logic.