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Barry Minai
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

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: sufficient score on UWB Math Assessment.

Student learning goals

*Improve algebraic skills.

*Learn functional notation, algebraic manipulation of functions, and composition of functions.

*Recognize and be comfortable using polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, and trig functions.

* Able to graph and manipulate functions symbolically.

*Apply functions and concepts to solve real world problems.

* Learn to become problem solvers.

General method of instruction

Discussion and group discovery sometimes as a whole class and sometimes in small groups.

Recommended preparation

A 2.0 in BCUSP 122 or placement test. Desire to work hard.

Class assignments and grading

Daily HW collected and graded once a week. pop quizzes, 2 midterms and a final. At least 65% to receive a 2.0.

The grades are not curved. Class median is calculated and used as a guideline. Participation and attendance is rewarded.


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 Barry Minai
Date: 04/23/2012