In this talk I will discuss some of the issues faced by the Math Department in designing and teaching the Math 50 series. Many of these issues likely arise in any large course whose students are primarily not majoring in the discipline. These issues include the following:
- Water it down, or beef it up?
- Skills or theory?
- "Pure" or "applied"?
- To prove or not to prove, that is the question!
- Computers, calculators, or pencils and paper?
- Power point or blackboard and chalk?