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MATH 87 Quantitative Literacy

5 credits

This is a foundational math course that enables students to build basic computational math skills using fractions, decimals, percentages, and signed numbers. The course introduces proportional, statistical, and algebraic reasoning with an emphasis on critical thinking and problem solving. Students will develop skills in interpreting, understanding, and using quantitative information presented as graphs, tables, or formulas.

This course meets the Quantitative Reasoning  general education distribution requirement for certificates only.

Prerequisites: ABED 40  or AHSE 56  (or placement into MATH 87  or AHSE 66 )

Course Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Accurately perform arithmetic operations involving fractions, decimals, percents, and signed numbers
  • Apply the order of operations when evaluating mathematical expressions
  • Use proportional, statistical, and probabilistic reasoning in solving applied problems
  • Use estimation skills to solve problems, detect errors, and check accuracy
  • Make comparisons of relative magnitudes and work with various representations of quantitative information: ratios, rates, percentages, scientific notation, indices, scales, etc.
  • Convert common measurements in the US and metric measurement systems
  • Organize and summarize data using a variety of representations, such as tables, graphs, and formulas
  • Use variables to represent quantities and solve linear equations
  • Analyze and use quantitative information to support or critique an argument
  • 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

General Education Distribution Area Outcomes
Students who successfully complete courses in the Quantitative Reasoning distribution area will be able to:

  • Gather, organize, and interpret data using multiple approaches
  • Develop and use mathematical models to describe and evaluate physical situations
  • Communicate problem-solving strategies and mathematically justify solutions
  • Select and utilize appropriate technology to analyze mathematical problems

Total Hours: 50 Theory (Lecture) Hours: 50