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Fabiana Ferracina
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 (BCUSP124). Upon successful completion of this course, students will be expected to have 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

We will aim to have a good balance between lectures and group work. Lectures will rely on student participation, presentations and active discussion.

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

We will have weekly homework, weekly activities (or quizzes), two midterms and a final.

Homework will use the WileyPlus system which includes a printable soft copy of the textbook. You do not need to purchase a hard copy of the textbook. Further details about the textbook and homework will be discussed during the first class.

Weights are as follows: 20% total for homeworks; 20% total for activities/participation; and 60% total for exams.

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

Instructor's Email: ff1729 'at' u.washington.edu


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 Fabiana Ferracina
Date: 12/16/2013