Course Supervisor

John Lund
Office: Wilson 2-230 
Phone: 994-5364

Student Success Coordinator

Kimberly Graham
Office: Wilson 2-249
Phone: 994-5331

The Course Requires MyMathLab with E-text

Using & Understanding Mathematics:  A Quantitative Reasoning Approach, 7th Ed., by Bennett & Briggs, Published by Pearson

E-text with MyMathLab access (purchase MyMathLab Access kit only)

Also required *Class Notes for Contemporary Mathematics(Orange Note Pack)

Grading Scheme

Course Description:

Designed to help liberal arts students develop quantitative reasoning skills they will need for college, career, and life. Will also provide students with the skills required to understand and interpret quantitative information that they encounter in the news and in their studies, and to make numericallybased decision in their lives. Topics include working with large numbers and units, linear and exponential relations, financial mathematics, essentials of probability and statistics, and fundamentals of geometry.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Attain some degree of mathematical literacy, including an ability to read mathematical material and write using mathematical notation correctly.
  • Develop skills to think and reason mathematically in order to function more effectively in the modern world.
  • Examine ways in which mathematics is used, to follow and understand logical arguments, and to solve applied quantitative problems. This includes learning to formulate a problem precisely, to interpret solutions, and to make critical judgments in the face of competing formulations and solutions.
  • Understand elementary probability concepts and phenomena: including sample spaces with equally likely outcomes, the basic parameters (mean, standard deviation), the normal distribution, and a qualitative view of the Central Limit Theorem.
  • Understand elementary statistical concepts, such as data description, statistical estimation, randomization, and statistical inference.
  • Explore and examine several other aspects of contemporary mathematics. This could include, but is not limited to, management science (e.g. graph models for network problems), social choice and decision making (e.g. elections, voting, fair division, Congress apportionment), or applied geometry (e.g. symmetry, tilings, growth rates).

Also, students completing a Core 2.0 Quantitative Reasoning (Q) course should demonstrate an ability to:

  • Interpret and draw inferences from mathematical models such as formulas, graphs, diagrams or tables.
  • Represent mathematical information numerically, symbolically and visually.
  • Employ quantitative methods in symbolic systems such as, arithmetic, algebra, or geometry to solve problems.

Prerequisite Guidelines:

  • Math 088 or 096 or an equivalent Transfer Course: Grade C- or higher
  • Math Placement Survey (MPLEX): Level 3 or higher
  • College entrance exams: - Math ACT score: 22 or higher - Math SAT score: 520 or higher (new SAT 550 or 27.5)

See your instructor if you have questions.

Calculator: A scientific calculator (one that handles log functions) will be needed. * No cell phone calculators.


There will be two 100 point exams and a 150 point final exam. If the student cannot take an exam as scheduled, the student must make arrangements with their instructor before the exam date. A missed exam changes the final exam point total to 250 points instead of 150 points.

Percent (%) of Overall Grade                                                         Percent to Letter Grade*
                Weight                                                   (%)                                                                                                                                                   Course %                                                                                Grade       Assignment                          
Daily Grade 8%  

90 - 100

Homework 14%   80-89 B
Section Pts 13%   70-79 C
Test 1 20%   60-69 D
Test 2 20%   0-59 F
Final Exam 25%      
Total 100%      

* Plus(+) and minus(-) grades may be assigned 

Course Calendars & Other Documents

Final Exam Room Assignments 

The M105 Final Exam is 

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