__UNIVERSITY
OF WEST____ GEORGIA__

** Course:** MATH 1001- 01, Quantitative
Skills & Reasoning - 3 credits PREREQUISITE:
NONE.

** Course Description:** This
course is a general overview of mathematical concepts used in quantitative
reasoning and is not

intended to supply sufficient algebraic background for students who intend to take Precalculus or the

calculus sequences for mathematics and science majors. This course places quantitative skills and

reasoning in the context of experiences that students will be likely to encounter. It emphasizes

processing information in context from a variety of representations, understanding of both the

information and the processing, and understanding which conclusions can be reasonably determined.

** Learning
Outcomes:** Students should be able to:

1.
Interpret
a wide variety of quantitative information.

2.
Use
mathematical reasoning to analyze quantitative information, and use it to reach
conclusions in real-world contexts.

3.
Understand
how mathematics and quantitative reasoning are an integral part of society.

4.
Process
information and develop procedures for solving problems.

5.
Use
different units and formats of numbers including metric system and percentages.

6.
Understand
and deal with uncertainty in mathematics.

7.
Be able
to interpret and calculate financial information including interest and loans.

8.
Understand
and interpret statistical results found in the media and society.

9.
Understand
how mathematics can be found in music, art and other humanities subjects.

** Instructor:** Mr. Jim Bellon jbellon@westga.edu office phone: 678) 839-4140

** Office & Hours:** Boyd, room 316 Mon/Wed
8:30 - 9am, 2 3:30pm Friday
8:30 - 9am, 2 3pm

** Math Tutoring Center**: Boyd
205: Mon 11-12 & 3:30 5:30, Tues
1-4, Wed 3:30 5:30, Fri 11-12

** Class Meets:** MWF 10:00 10:50 a.m. Room 301

__Text:____Mathematics: a Quantitative
Reasoning Approach__, by Bennett / Briggs, 3rd edition, 2005.

A graphing calculator is required, preferably the Texas Instruments TI-83 (or TI-83 plus).

** Grading:** There will be 3 class session tests
(100 pts each), 1 major project (150 pts), a comprehensive Final exam (200
pts), 8 quizzes (best 6 will count for 20 pts each, totaling 120 pts), classroom
group assignments (totaling 160 pts), and 70 class points. This totals 1000
points. Final grades will be determined
as follows:

** 795 894 ( 80% to 89% ) B**

** 695 794 ( 70% to 79% ) C**

** 595 694 ( 60% to 69% ) D**

** 594 and below ( 59% and below ) F**

** Project:** Major project (1 or 2 students)
requiring data collection, calculations and analysis. To be handed in by Wednesday November 30

** Quizzes:** Expect about 1 quiz every week
lasting about 15-20 minutes (except during a test week).

** Group problems:** There will be 5 classroom
group assignments with instructor guidance.
Best 4 count, 40 points each.

** Class Points:** The purpose of the class
points is to reward students for effort and not be based on math
performance. Class points can be
obtained as follows: 1 point for each
day present when attendance is taken. Up
to 10 pts. for each HW collected. Up to
10 points for organized notes. Up to 10
points for WebCT.

** Homework:** Homework will be assigned for each
textbook section. They will periodically
be collected and checked. Collected homework
will count towards class points.

** Final Exam Date:** Friday, December 16th 8:00 10:00 a.m. in our classroom 301

*** ALL students must take the final exam, there are no exceptions. Missing the final will result in a zero exam grade (if a valid excuse from a doctor is presented, an Incomplete will be granted).

** Attendance Policy:** Students are expected to attend
class and complete all work when assigned. Grades are not directly affected by
absence. However, the student is responsible for the topics covered and
assignments due whether present or not.

** Make-up policy:** There will be NO make-ups for
quizzes or group assignments since some will be dropped.

Make-ups for exams will only be allowed up until the class has received their graded papers, and only with a valid excuse accompanied by a doctors note.

** Extra-credit policy:** There will be NO extra credit
given, period! Points can be earned only
as stated above. Occasionally, exam
grades may be curved up equally for all students, if the class performance
warrants such adjustments.

__Last Date to Withdraw:__** Thursday, October 13^{th} **Any student who
withdraws after this date will receive a grade of F.

This is the expected
schedule of course content. Changes will
be made as necessary, but will try to be avoided.

HW problems for each section are listed next to the section title.

1.E Critical
Thinking in Everyday Life (#5, 11, 14, 26, 32, 44, 47) week 1

2.A
Problem Solving Power of Units (#7,
9, 12, 14abc, 15abc, 17abc, 27, 33, 36) week
2

2.B Standard Units (#8, 12, 19, 25, 32, 35,
53, 60ad, 75, 97) week 2

2.C
Problem Solving Hints (#5, 10, 17,
23, 33, 46) week 3

3.A
Uses and Abuses of Percentages (#6, 8,
15, 17, 22, 53, 68, 89, 93) week 3 & 4

3.B
Putting Numbers in Perspective (#7,
13, 14, 15ace, 18abd, 32, 37, 60, 67, 71) week
4

3.C
Dealing with Uncertainty (#11, 12,
15ad, 16b, 21, 25, 35, 40, 44, 49, 58, 67) week
5

3.E
How Numbers Deceive (#3, 11, 17, 18, 27, 28, 35) week 5

4.A The Power of Compounding (#8, 14, 17, 25,
26, 37, 45, 52, 68, 85) week
6

4.C Loan Payments, Credit Cards, and
Mortgages (#4, 9, 12, 13, 31, 39, 51) week
7

5.A Fundamentals
of Statistics (#3, 14, 19, 31, 35, 48, 72) week
7

5.B Should
You Believe a Statistical Study (#6, 9, 12, 23, 29, 33, 41) week 8

5.C Statistical
Tables and Graphs (#6, 9, 14, 19, 25,
30, 54) week 8

5.D Graphics
in the Media (#4, 12, 14, 19, 27, 34,
43) week
9

6.A Characterizing
a Data Distribution (#2, 7, 12, 13, 28, 29, 43) week
9 & 10

6.B Measure
of Variation (#3, 7, 10, 17, 23) week
10

7.A Fundamentals
of Probability (#4, 10, 11, 20, 25, 36, 40, 51) week
11

8.A Growth: Linear vs. Exponential (#9, 10, 23, 27) week
12

8.B Doubling
Time and Half-Life (#5, 9, 12, 26,
35, 49) week
12 & 13

11.A Mathematics
and Music (#2, 7, 11, 12, 16, 21, 22) week
13

11.B Perspective
and Symmetry (#3, 9, 12, 16, 21, 43) week
14

**** FINAL EXAM :
8am to 10am in our classroom. Friday
Dec. 16 ^{th} **

**Test
#1 : Mon. 9/19 Test #2 :
Wed. 10/19 Test #3: Fri. 11/18 Project due: Wed. 11/30**