Milagros C Loreto
B CUSP 121
Similar to the first three terms of high school algebra. Assumes no previous experience in algebra. Open only to students admitted with an entrance deficiency in mathematics.
All college students, regardless of their college major, need to be able to make reasonable decisions on fiscal, environmental, and health issues that require quantitative reasoning skills. An activity based approach is used to explore numerical concepts, quantitative reasoning, graphical displays of data, proportional relationships in real-world problems, problem solving with equations and inequalities, functions, and linear and exponential models and other mathematical models. Students will develop conceptual and procedural tools that support the use of key mathematical concepts in a variety of contexts.
Student learning goals
Demonstrate competency in using and an understanding of magnitude in the context of place values, fractions, and numbers written in scientific notation.
Recognize proportional relationships from verbal and numeric representations.
Apply quantitative reasoning strategies to solve real-world problems with proportional relationships based on an understanding that derived quantities may be described with whole numbers, fractions, or decimals, or in an combination of these, and that to fully explain these relationships, units must be used.
Understand various uses of the variables to represent quantities or attributes.
Describe the effect that change in the value of one variable has on the value(s) of the other variables in the algebraic relationship.
Identify when a linear model or trend is reasonable for given data; when a linear model does not appear to be reasonable, know how to explore the applicability of other models.
General method of instruction
1. This course will be conducted using collaborative learning. Some introductory and summary information will be given, but primarily students will work on problem situations individually and/or in groups and discuss their findings with the whole class. Participation and engagement, careful reading and writing, as well as critical thinking and problem solving, are important parts of this course. 2. This class will be different in many ways from other math classes you may have been in. You are going to interact with each other quite a bit and talk to each other about mathematical reasoning. I will put you into groups, and I will expect that you will contribute to the discussion of the problems that your group is working on. 3. We will be following a couple of easy rules. We give everyone a chance to talk. We respond to whatever anyone says with respect. We are concerned here about concepts that will help you learn mathematical reasoning, and I expect that students in this class will support each other in working together.
Recommended preparation is the placement test and the desire to learn.
Class assignments and grading
Required text book: Quantway-Algebra course pack is available at the bookstore. The ISBN is 9780118999502.