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MATH 1012 Quantitative Reasoning and Mathematical Skills

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Catherine Moody

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Use Course ID: moody88805

Course Description:

This course was designed to promote mathematical literacy among liberal arts students. This is not a traditional math class, but is designed to stimulate interest in and appreciation of mathematics and quantitative reasoning as valuable tools for comprehending the world in which we live.


Using and Understanding Mathematics: A Quantitative Reasoning Approach, Sixth Edition, by Jeffrey Bennett and William Briggs. Make sure you purchase a book with a MyMathLab access code. You may also purchase the online version of the book directly from MyMathLab ( At the Pearson site, click the “Register” button, and type in the course ID. From there you will be able to buy the online version of the text book and start the homework.


Homework is assigned every week in MyMathLab. A calendar is available on the top of the course home page. You can scroll through the weeks to see all of the assignments. The assignment title is the unit of the book that it covers. All of the currently available assignments will be listed on the homepage with a countdown for how many hours are left for the assignment(s). Though not explicitly part of the assignment, reading that unit and watching the videos and animations on MyMathLab are helpful to understand the material. You may attempt the questions on the homework as many times as you wish, and MyMathLab gives you immediate feedback on each question. To start the homework, you may click the link from the course homepage. A better alternative, however, is to click on the link “Start Homework” and then select the homework section you want to work on. From there you can read, practice, and do the assignment. When working on the homework, there are some helpful buttons on the top right of the page, listed under “Question Help”. They are as follows:

  • “Help Me Solve This” – the computer will help you solve that exact problem. It will then give you a similar problem to solve.
  • “View an Example” – the computer will walk you through a similar problem. • “Video” – shows you a mini lecture on the problem.
  • “Textbook” – takes you to the section of the book that talks about the problem. I do, however, recommend that you read the textbook before starting the problem set so you are prepared for the section.
  • “Ask the Instructor” – enables you to send the instructor an e-mail to ask a question about the problem. This is helpful because it also sends the instructor the exact problem that you are stuck on so as to be able to better help you.
  • “Print” – enables you to print the problem if you prefer to work out your math problems with pen and paper. You have one week to complete each assignment, but please do not put the assignments off until the end of the week. Start them early and get them out of the way. The Pearson server is known to go down once in a while, so do not get stuck with homework that you cannot do at the end of the allotted week. No late homework will be accepted.


The project consists of three parts which are posted on D2L. Each project must be submitted as a PDF file. Projects submitted in any other form will receive a zero. You can type your projects and save them as PDFs or you can handwrite your projects and scan them into PDF format, but only PDF files will be accepted. The projects need to be submitted to the Dropbox (under Assessments in D2L) by the due date at 11:30 pm. The due dates for the projects are listed below. No late projects will be accepted.

Part 1 June 15
Part 2 June 30
Part 3 July 25

Prerequisite Quiz:

The prerequisite quiz will cover the material from the Algebra Review homework. The quiz will be on MyMathLab. You will have one hour to complete the quiz anytime from June 9 to June 16. Unlike the homework, you only get one graded attempt. The answers entered when you submit the quiz for grading are the only answers that will be considered. The quiz must be completed in one sitting. Once you log out, you will not be able to log back into the quiz. No late quizzes will be accepted.


There will be two exams: a midterm which will run from June 27 to July 5 (which covers the Algebra review and chapters 1–4) and a cumulative final which will run from July 27 to August 3. These are in MyMathLab as well. Unlike the homework, you only get one graded attempt. The answers entered when you submit the exam for grading are the only answers that will be considered. The exams must be completed in one sitting. Once you log out, you will not be able to log back into the exam. Not late exams will be accepted.

Study Plan:

Though not assigned or counted toward your final grade, the Study Plan link is a very useful tool. It will help you study for the exams. You may do as much or as little of the Study Plan as you desire.

Course Grade:

Prerequisite Quiz 5%
Homework 25%
Project 20%
Midterm 25%
Final 25%


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