Math 201 syllabus

Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I

Course Description:

An examination of some of the major ideas encountered in the teaching of elementary

mathematics. Topics include introduction to problem solving, sets, relations, logic,

numeration systems, elementary number theory, properties and operations for whole

numbers, integers, rational numbers, and real numbers.  NOTE: MA 201 does not fulfill

graduation requirements for any curriculum other than College of Education and Professional Studies. 


C or better in MA 110 or MA 112 or higher level course.  


Calvin T. Young, Duane W. DeTemple, and Richard S. Millman: Mathematical

Reasoning for Elementary Teachers: Pearson, 7th edition, 2015 (ISBN 126973072X).  

Learning Objectives:

Upon the successful completion of the course a student will be able to: 

  • Students will gain a conceptual understanding of basic arithmetic and problem

solving algorithms traditionally used in the United States.

  • Students will be introduced to new algorithms through the examination of

techniques constructed by children for solving problems.

  • Students will learn to reason about quantities, and to express their reasoning


Topics & Time Distribution:

By assuming the total of 13 weeks, the instructor is given an extra week and a half to use

for tests, emphasis on certain topics, etc.  

Chapter 1 - Introduction to Problem Solving  (1 week)

Chapter 2 - Sets, Whole Numbers, Numeration  (1.5 weeks)

Chapter 3 - Numeration and Computation (1.5 weeks)

Chapter 4 - Number Theory (2 weeks)

Chapter 5 - Integers  (1.5 weeks)

Chapter 6 - Fractions and Rational Numbers (2 weeks)

Chapter 7 - Decimals, Real Numbers, and Proportional (2 weeks)


Detailed Schedule:

Below are the essential sections which should be covered by all instructors.  

Chapter 1:  1.1, 1.2, 1.3

 Chapter 2:  2.2, 2.3, 2,4

 Chapter 3:  3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4

 Chapter 4:  4.1, 4.2, 4.3

 Chapter 5:  5.1, 5.2, 5.3

 Chapter 6:  6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4

 Chapter 7:  7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4 

Common Homework:

Common homework problems are to be given through MyLabsPlus.    


Last updated: September 23, 2014.