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.
By the end of FDMATH 108 Students will be able to think critically by applying the Quantitative Reasoning Process as they:
- Identify real-world situations (e.g. financial, family, social, or community issues) where quantitative reasoning skills are needed to inform a decision.
- List key assumptions and key variables necessary to apply mathematical models of real-world situations.
- Demonstrate the quantitative skills necessary to use mathematical models.
- Use mathematical models to make an informed decision.
- Evaluate decisions made with the Quantitative Reasoning Process.