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Bilin Z Stiber
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

Functions are the key to how mathematical models are built. Various mathematical models will be created through the usage of real world examples. This course is designed to prepare students for calculus I and serves as a prerequisite for B CUSP124. Upon successful completion of the course, students are expected to build solid skills in algebra, trigonometry, logarithms, exponentials, composition of functions, and graphing.

Online textbook & Online homework: Functions Modeling Change, Connally, et al. 4th edition, 2011, Wiley.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The class will be taught with a mixture of group activities and projects, as well as interactive lectures.

Recommended preparation

Appropriate score on the UWB math placement test.

To prepare for this class, please review your high school algebra and trigonometry. Everything we do will build on these skills.

Class assignments and grading

Homework will be assigned regularly. It will be completed using the Wiley Plus online system. You 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 unless you prefer that and do not wish to print pages from the electronic version yourself. I will also distribute additional materials in class.

In addition to online homeworks, there will be week-long laboratory assignments, in-class worksheets, exams.

Grades will be based on student's performance on assigned work, projects, in-class worksheets and exams.


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 Bilin Z Stiber
Date: 09/19/2012