The Problem with Problems

problem with problems

Success in a science or math course depends, to a great extent, on one’s ability to solve discrete problems.  The exams that we take and the homework we complete usually consist mostly of “problems.”  But many students have difficulty solving problems successfully.

In “The Problem With Problems” we will investigate the role that problems play in science and math learning.  At the same time, you will work on improving your problem-solving skills and learn to leverage your problem-solving to help you master the big concepts behind the problems.

Note: Spaces in this FIG will not be available until IntroDUCKtion. Each IntroDUCKtion session will have spaces available. You must see an academic advisor before adding a chemistry FIG.


Students explore the intersection of topics by taking the following course package*:

*Courses in the FIG package may be subject to change

CH 199 College Connections - FIG Seminar, 1-credit

CH 111 Introduction to Chemical Principles - CoreEd or major satisfying course, 4-credits

This course familiarizes students with the foundational concepts and models of modern chemistry while emphasizing problem solving and critical thinking skills that will support students' success as they continue their studies. Fundamental mathematical techniques and skills are incorporated to illustrate the quantitative aspects of chemistry and to develop student ability to model quantitative systems.

MATH 111 College Algebra - CoreEd or major satisfying course, 4-credits

This course begins by building familiarity with functions, including notation and the rate of change in a function. Linear functions, including lines of best fit, are discussed. Evaluation, identifying domain and range, and the basics of composition and inversion of functions follow. Quadratic and polynomial functions are introduced along with roots and extrema of quadratic functions. Exponential and logarithmic models are discussed with a focus on applications. Finally, transformations of functions are covered. College algebra is a calculus preparation course and as such has a strong algebraic focus.