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Andrew Moushegh Abian
B CUSP 123
Bothell Campus

Functions, Models, and Quantitative Reasoning

Explores the concept of a mathematical function and its applications. Explores real world examples and problems to enable students to create mathematical models that help them understand the world in which they live. Each idea will be represented symbolically, numerically, graphically, and verbally. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.5 in B CUSP 122, a score of 145-153 on the MPT-AS assessment test, or a score of 151 or higher on the MPT-GS assessment test. Offered: AWSp.

Class description

This course is designed to prepare students for calculus I and serves as a prerequisite for BCUSP124. Upon successful completion of the course, students are expected to posess a solid understanding of functions, their manipulation and their use in mathematical models. Students will also develop and refine their skills in algebra and trigonometry.

Functions are the key to how mathematical models are built. Various mathematical models will be created and studied through the use of real world examples.

Online textbook & Online homework: Functions Modeling Change, Connally, et al. 3rd edition, 2008, Wiley. (Registration code required, can be purchased seperately or bundled with a hard-copy of the text.)

Student learning goals

Clearly understand function notation, combination of functions, and the composition of functions.

Recognize linear, polynomial, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions graphically, numerically, symbolically and verbally.

Use functions to model real-world data.

Understand how to evaluate mathematical expressions, and solve equations.

General method of instruction

A typically class period will consist of any or all of the following: - Short interactive lectures with use of examples from the text. - Small group work, usually involving a worksheet. - Student presentation of solutions to in-class and homework problems. - Occasional quizzes.

Recommended preparation

Appropriate score on the UWB math placement test (MPT).

Review of previous work in algebra, geometry and trigonometry.

Attendance of Algebra /or Trigonometry Review Sessions at the Quantitative Skills Center (contact the QSC for more information)

Class assignments and grading

Practically all homework assignments will be posted on WileyPlus, and graded online. Students will need to purchase a registration code for this. Since that registration code includes a complete electronic version of the textbook, there is no need to buy hard copy of the text. However, if students prefer, they may purchase a hard-copy of the text, bundled with online access to WileyPlus at the UW Bookstore.

There will also be frequent in-class worksheets, and occasional in-class quizzes.

There will be two in-class midterm exams, and one comprehensive final exam.

Tentative, final course grades will be determined through the following weighting: In-class work and Quizzes 15% Homework assignments 20% 2 Midterm exams (20% each) 40% Comprehensive Final Exam 25%

Final course grades will be assigned as follows (approximately): >90% 3.5 - 4.0 80-90% 2.5 - 3.4 70-80% 1.5 - 2.4 60-70% 0.7 - 1.4 <70% 0.0


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Andrew Moushegh Abian
Date: 09/07/2010