Quantitative Math

Course Number: MTH 98
Transcript Title: Quantitative Math
Created: October 20, 2015
Updated: June 9, 2022
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0

Prerequisites

Placement into IRW 115 or WR 115; placement into MTH 98

Course Description

Covers applied number sense, applied algebraic reasoning and modeling, graphical sense, measurement, formula use for basic geometric figures, and statistical reasoning. Explores how to appropriately communicate mathematical arguments that are supported by quantitative evidence using words, graphs, numbers, and algebra. Prerequisites: placement into IRW 115 or WR 115; placement into MTH 98. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Solve problems using percentages, ratios, and real numbers.
  2. Formulate and solve algebraic expressions and equations.
  3. Create, read, and interpret linear and nonlinear functions.
  4. Use a graphing application to perform calculations and create graphical displays.
  5. Compute and interpret standard deviation, mean, median, and weighted mean, normal distribution.
  6. Apply basic geometric formulas appropriately and use the correct measurement system to report the solutions.
  7. Communicate results using words, tables, graphs, and mathematical equations as appropriate.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Homework, quizzes,  and problem sets
  • Exams which may include: take-home, open-book, group, cumulative, and proctored
  • Group projects – group or individual
  • At  least one project culminating in written form showing how to solve a problem

Texts and Materials

  • Pathways to College Mathematics 1st Edition
  • Graphing Application on computer or phone
  • Computer with internet access

Course Activities and Design

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Outcome #1: Solve Problems using percent, ratios, formulas, and real numbers
  • Read, write, interpret and solve percentages problems. Apply to real world problems.
  • Demonstrate how ratios can be used to solve problems and relationships between numbers
  • Label and use real numbers to find solutions to problems.
  • Communicate solutions to problems using written and oral methods.
  • Discuss how number patterns and algorithms can assist with number sense.
Outcome #2: Formulate and solve algebraic expressions and equations
  • Perform algebraic calculations in order to simplify expressions and find solutions to equations.
  • Use and recognize the appropriate formulas to solve problems.
  • Create, share, and solve linear equations
  • Use variables to represent quantities.
Outcome #3: Create, read, and interpret linear and nonlinear functions
  • Read, create and interpret linear and non-linear graphs
  • Recognize graphing patterns
  • Model and fit specific data to graphs
Outcome #4: Use a graphing application to perform calculations and create graph displays
  • Interpret the graphing results using a graphing application
Outcome #5: Compute and interpret standard deviation, mean, median, weighted mean, and normal distribution
  • Introduce the vocabulary and use statistical measures.
  • Compute and interpret standard deviation, mean, median, weighted mean, and normal distribution
Outcome #6: Apply geometric formulas and use the correct measurement system.
  • Find volume, area, and perimeter of regular and irregular polygons using the correct units.
  • Convert units of measurements between the metric system and the English system.
Outcome #7: Communicate results using words, tables, graphs, and equations as appropriate
  • Demonstrate the ability to interpret data and use the appropriate method to represent it.
  • Create graphs and tables in written format as well as generate graphs and tables using a computer program.
  • Present graphs, tables, or other visual representations of data.