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Mission and Goals


The mission of the McMurry University Department of Mathematics is to provide a foundation in mathematics that will prepare McMurry mathematics majors for a career or graduate school. We expect such students to be able to:
  • Communicate mathematical ideas in a written format.
  • Communicate mathematical ideas in an oral format.
  • Construct valid mathematical proofs.
  • Solve equations of various types.
  • Perform valid mathematical computations.
  • Use mathematical problem solving techniques.
  • Use mathematical modeling techniques.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic tools of mathematics.

Provide mathematical course offerings that help other departments prepare their majors. We expect such students in these courses to be able to:

  • Solve equations of various types.
  • Perform valid mathematical computations.
  • Use mathematical problem solving techniques.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic tools of mathematics covered in the course.

Provide courses that are appropriate for the McMurry general education requirements. We expect students in the math portion of the general education to be able to do 3 of the following:

  • Be able to solve problems using the techniques from a specific discipline of mathematics.
  • Be able to set up and manipulate mathematical models. (Setting up a mathematical model involves taking a situation and describing it in mathematical terms. The mathematical description can then be manipulated to answer questions about the original situation.)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of abstract mathematical systems. (Abstract mathematical systems are systems that have been developed as a generalization of some area of mathematics.)
  • Be able to apply and symbolically manipulate mathematical functions (such as trigonometric functions).
  • Demonstrate an understanding of geometric interpretations of mathematical concepts. (This could be a study of shapes or the study of the impact of shape