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Lake Washington Institute of Technology    
  Nov 19, 2017
Catalog 2017-2018

MATH 087 Quantitative Literacy

5 credits
This course develops student skills in interpreting, understanding, and using quantitative information. It integrates numeracy and proportional, statistical, and algebraic reasoning with an emphasis on critical thinking and problem solving. College success strategies are integrated with mathematical concepts.

Prerequisites: ABED 040  (or equivalent placement score for MATH 087 )

Quarters Offered: All

Global Outcomes:
This course teaches to the global outcome of Critical Thinking.

Student Outcomes/Competencies:
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to: 

  • Demonstrate quantitative reasoning to analyze problems, critique arguments, and draw and justify conclusions
  • Accurately perform arithmetic operations involving fractions, decimals, percents, and signed numbers
  • Recall and apply the standard order of operations
  • Use proportional reasoning in solving applied problems
  • Use statistical and probabilistic reasoning in solving applied problems
  • Explain how quantities change, including multiplicative vs. additive and relative vs. absolute
  • Use estimation skills to solve problems, detect errors, and check accuracy
  • Interpret and use scientific notation
  • Make comparisons of relative magnitudes and work with various representations of quantitative information: ratios, rates, percentages, conversions, indices, scales, etc.
  • Organize and summarize data using a variety of representations, such as tables, graphs, and formulas
  • Use variables to represent quantities
  • Solve simple algebraic equations
  • Read and interpret quantitative information from a variety of real-world sources
  • Analyze and use quantitative information to support an argument
  • Recognize, make, and evaluate quantitative assumptions
  • Communicate quantitative results both in writing and orally using appropriate language, symbolism, data, and graphs
  • Use technology appropriately as a tool for calculations and to gather, research, and analyze quantitative information
  • Apply logical and time-effective study skills to mathematics

Total Hours: 50 Lecture Hours: 50