Critical Thinking

There are many definitions of critical thinking. The following is a definition that is appropriate for this course: 

Critical thinking is the ability to think clearly and rationally. It includes the ability to engage in reflective and independent thinking. Someone with critical thinking skills is able to do the following:

      • understand the logical connections between ideas
      • identify, construct and evaluate arguments
      • detect inconsistencies and common mistakes in reasoning
      • solve problems systematically
      • identify the relevance and importance of ideas
      • reflect on the justification of one's own beliefs and values

This definition describes the reasoning and problem solving skills that all students of mathematics need to have. These are skills that all employers want their future employees to have.   No matter what you might choose to do later in life,  you will need to handle change effectively and to solve problems as they come along. Being able to think critically also promotes creativity. Creative thinkers will be those to solve the world's problems as they arise.