Mathematical Tools for the Real World
This class prepares students to understand, analyze, and solve real-life problems that require quantitative reasoning. Topics include the meaning of probabilities, how to read, critique, and apply statistical information found in news reports, public policy debates, consumer reports, and other daily life and professional situations; the use of mathematical models in describing, understanding, and making predictions about real world phenomena; and the mathematics of loans and investments. Topics will be illustrated by examples and applications from current events, daily life, business, and natural phenomena. Mathematical Tools for the Real World is to inspire students to act wisely when faced with quantitative challenges in collegiate coursework, employment, and daily living.
- Make sound financial decisions through careful budgeting, provident living, taking advantage of the power of compound interest, and prudently managing future debt and tax obligations.
- Develop critical thinking and problem solving skills to make informed decisions with confidence.
- Apply properties of arithmetic and algebra in the use of percentages, unit conversions, and linear and exponential models, to solve practical problems.
- Use fundamental principles of probability, along with descriptive and inferential statistics, to better understand statistical studies.
- Appreciate the aesthetic and artistic value of mathematics by reading and writing about enrichment topics such as the golden ratio, mathematics and music, the pigeonhole principle, or the concept of infinity.
- Meet the needs of a variety of audiences and rhetorical situations.