Applying mathematical tools and analysis to practical context, particularly focusing on using proportions and ratios. Basic statistical tools are developed and employed, including graphs, descriptive statistics, the normal curve, the basics of inferential reasoning and investigating correlation. Financial applications are particularly emphasized, as is the use of spreadsheets.
MATH 114 is designed to help the student use mathematics to accurately apply numerical information. The student will learn critical thinking skills, particularly with sophisticated applications of rudimentary mathematical ideas to numerical contexts of everyday life. This is not just in the financial realm, but also other areas where quantitative data is prevalent (from medical studies to energy usage to academic achievement).
Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must meet the word count stated in the discussion prompt and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 50 words. (CLOs: CLO 3, 5, 6; FSLOs: TSQR 1, 3, 4, 5).
Homework (HW) Assignments (8)
The student will complete a homework assignment in ALEKS for each module. Assignments will typically consist of several multiple-choice questions and questions that require numerical answers. Typically, assignments will cover 2–4 sections from the textbook, but this will vary depending on the length and difficulty of each section included in the assignment. (CLOs: CLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 6; FSLOs: TSQR 1, 2, 3, 4).
Homework (HW): Exam Review Assignments (4)
Exam Review Assignments are a condensed combination of the two previous homework assignments whose content is included on the exam. Reviews cover no new material but provide another opportunity to recall topics and work through the types of problems that will be included in the exams. (CLOs: CLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 6; FSLOs: TSQR 1, 2, 3, 4).
Project Assignments (2)
These projects will apply course concepts to real-life situations and further explore topics introduced in the text. Projects will also incorporate spreadsheet tasks to further develop the student’s ability to utilize this tool to investigate mathematical questions. (CLOs: CLO 4, 5, 6; FSLOs: TSQR 1, 2, 4).
Exam Assignments (4)
Each exam will cover the reading material for two modules: weeks: the material assigned during the exam module and the material from the previous module. Exams are not cumulative. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 20–30 questions, and have a 2-hour and 45-minute time limit. These exams will be completed in ALEKS that is associated with the course textbook. (CLOs: CLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 6; FSLOs: TSQR 1, 2, 3, 4).