MATH 105 Quantitative Reasoning
Quantitative reasoning reminds most people of mathematics but mathematics is a discipline and quantitative reasoning is a skill. The practical applications of quantitative reasoning include the use of the principles of logic in the development and analysis of arguments as well as in the identification of fallacies, comparison of quantities and dimensional analysis, the use and misuse of percentages, examination and interpretation of graphs and tables, use of statistical analysis to understand and determine the accuracy of a study, and the effect of compound interest in finance for loans and investments. Quantitative reasoning skills provide a basis for evaluating and determining the accuracy of information presented by the media and make it possible for individuals to draw knowledgeable conclusions. Such skills enables people to use basic arithmetic tools to evaluate, interpret, challenge, expound, and make decisions about real-world information presented in different contexts and in various forms.
Graphs, tables, and formulas are used to present quantitative information by professionals in the workplace as well as by the media. This makes the ability to understand, analyze, interpret, and draw conclusions about real-world quantitative information in the context of a discipline or in relation to an interdisciplinary problem germane to college students as part of their studies as well as relevant to their future careers and their lives as responsible citizens.
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Syllabus: Carefully read the syllabus [Sections 002/012 | Sections 003/013 | Section 004]. This document provides information about course policies, the required textbook and calculator, assignments and examinations, and attendance and participation.
Readings, Handouts, and Resources: The only way in which to learn the material is to ask questions, do related readings, study the concepts and methods, and apply what we discuss by working on practice exercises and considering real-world scenarios. The readings and practice exercises in the textbook are listed in the order in which they will be examined during class. Once a topic has been discussed, you should do the readings which correspond to that topic and begin working on the associated practice exercises. In addition to the practice exercises listed in the textbook, you should examine the questions on handouts which were not examined during class; these questions serve as practice exercises as well.
Asking questions is important. Keep in mind that there is no such thing as a stupid question.