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MATH 1012 Quantitative Reasoning and Mathematical Skills

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Use Course ID – shaulis18124

Instructor Contact:

Delphy Shaulis, Ph.D.


Office Hours: Via Zoom (See D2L News for times)

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. In the course, a student will see basic mathematics, logic, and problem solving in various contexts, such as science, technology, and society.


Using and Understanding Mathematics, A Quantitative Reasoning Approach, 6th Edition, by Jeffrey O. Bennett and William W. Briggs (2014). The purchase of a MyMathLab access code is required and an ebook version of the text is provided with that access. A hardcopy of the textbook is optional.


A scientific calculator (or equivalent technology) is required. A graphing calculator can be used, but is not necessary.

Course Grade

Homework 30%
Discussion 20%
Projects 10%
Midterm Exam 20%
Final Exam 20%


Homework is usually assigned 3 times a week in MyMathLab. The due dates are shown as part of the assignment. The assignment title is the unit of the book that it covers. Though not an explicitly graded part of each assignment, reading the unit in the text and watching videos and animations on MyMathLab are implicitly required to help you understand the material. You may attempt questions on the homework as many times as you wish, and MyMathLab gives you immediate feedback on each question. Note that MyMathLab will usually allow you 3 attempts per version of the question. If you have not determined the correct answer by the 3rd attempt, MyMathLab will usually reveal the correct answer and then require you to attempt a “Similar Exercise” for credit. The number of attempts and Similar Exercises that you use does not affect your score.


Part of the goal of the course is to foster a greater appreciation for mathematics and its importance in our daily lives. Towards that end, you will be required to submit multiple posts to a discussion board indicating in what contexts you have run across math outside of this class. Every week (starting the second week of classes), by Wednesday at 11pm (MT) an original and detailed post describing a math or quantitative reasoning skill you encountered and in what context is due. Each such original weekly post can earn you up to 5 points. Additionally, for each meaningful response that you make to another student’s post can earn you 1 point, up to 5 points in a week. Your grade for this category will be determined by your point total out of 100. If your point total exceeds 100 points at the end of the semester, you will earn extra credit in this category. See the D2L newsfeed for more details on this scoring.


There will be 2 projects assigned throughout the semester. Projects will be collected via a D2L Dropbox. Late projects will lose 10% credit per weekday that they are late. Projects may be turned in early with no penalty. For each project, you will be permitted to (but not required to) work with one other student in the class, submitting a single project for both of you. At the time of the project, you will be given instruction on how to declare your pair. Submission of identical copies of a project to separate dropboxes will be considered a violation of the Honor Code. So, if you plan to work together with another student, declare your pairing in advance.


There will be two exams, a midterm exam and a final exam. Both exams will have an online component (in MyMathLab formatted similar to regular problem sets) and a written component (in D2L that will be graded based on the work you show and must be submitted as a PDF).

Finding Help:

The online environment can feel isolating, and it may be difficult to know where to turn for help when you have a question. Here are some options to exercise.

  • Learning Aids in MyMathLab: While completing problem sets, you will see links (as available) along the right side of the window including “Help Me Solve This”, “Animation”, and “Textbook”. There is no penalty to use these links during the assignment.
  • Email the instructor: You are welcome to email me ( with your questions. I check email regularly and will respond as immediately as possible.
  • Zoom hosted office hours: At least one time during the week (see schedule above), you will be invited to join a meeting in Zoom. This tool (supported by CU’s OIT) will allow video conferencing. You are not required to attend, but this will an option for you to connect live with the instructor (and other students in attendance) to have content questions clarified

Special Notes:

If you qualify for accommodations because of a disability, please submit a letter to your instructor from Disability Services in a timely manner so that your needs may be addressed. Disability Services determines accommodations based on documented disabilities. Contact: 303-492-8671, N200 in C4C, http://www.

Campus policy regarding religious observances requires that faculty make every effort to reasonably and fairly deal with all students who, because of religious obligations, have conflicts with scheduled exams, assignments or required attendance. In this class, the option to drop scores accommodates these needs.

Students and faculty each have responsibility for maintaining an appropriate learning environment. Those who fail to adhere to such behavioral standards may be subject to discipline. Professional courtesy and sensitivity are especially important with respect to individuals and topics dealing with differences of race, culture, religion, politics, sexual orientation, gender variance, and nationalities. Class rosters are provided to the instructor with the student’s legal name. I will gladly honor your request to address you by an alternate name or gender pronoun. Please advise me of this preference early in the semester so that I may make appropriate changes to my records. See polices at html and at

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