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Quantitative Literacy

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This course includes:

181

practice questions

149

engagement activities

199

assessment questions

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Quantitative Literacy Course Outline

Unit 1.1: How Big Is That? (Exploration of Large Numbers)

Concepts Covered:

  • What is Quantitative Literacy?
  • Making Sense of Large and Small Numbers in our World (Scientific Notation)

Unit 1.2: Compared To What? (Conversion)

Concepts Covered:

  • How to Power Seattle (Proportions and Rates)
  • Should I Report My Weight in Pounds or Ounces? (Unit Conversion)

Unit 1.3: Are You Fooling Me? (Simpson's Paradox)

Concepts Covered:

  • Basics of Excel
  • Can I Get Into Berkeley? (Simpson’s Paradox)

Unit 1.4: Is That Fair? (Apportionment)

Concepts Covered:

  • How Does Congress Work? (Hamilton’s Method)
  • What Was Jefferson’s Idea? (Jefferson’s Method)
  • What Was Webster’s Compromise? (Webster’s Method)
  • What Method Is Used Today? (Huntington-Hill Method)
  • How Did This Become A District? (Gerrymandering)

Unit 2.1: I Wouldn't Bet On It! Want To Understand Why? (Probability)

Concepts Covered:

  • Decimals, Percent, and Fraction Review
  • What Are The Chances? (Intro to Probability)
  • Do I Want A Bologna And Cheese Sandwich Or A Bologna And Cheese Sandwich? (And, Or, Now and Conditional Probability)

Unit 2.2: How To Not Get Rich And Know If You're Dead (Applications of Probability)

Concepts Covered:

  • I’ve Got What? (Medical Testing)
  • What To Expect When You’re Inspecting (Expected Value)

Unit 2.3: Describing Data, As An Art Form (Statistics)

Concepts Covered:

  • Am I A Mean Student Or A Max Student? (Central Tendency and Spread)
  • How Does It Compare? (Standard Deviation)
  • Can You See It? (Statistical Graphs and Charts)

Unit 2.4: How Can I Get To Conclusions Without Jumping To Them? (Polling)

Concepts Covered:

  • Who’s The Real Leader Here? (Margin of Error)
  • Are You Experimenting On Me? (Observational Study vs Experiment)

Unit 3.1: Is This A Dependent Relationship? (Linear Modeling)

Concepts Covered:

  • When Does Collecting Antiques Become A Problem? (Linear Modeling)
  • How Likely Am I To See An Elk? (Applications of Linear Models)

Unit 3.2: Is That A Good Growth Rate? (Exponential Modeling)

Concepts Covered:

  • Is It Better To Fish Today Or Tomorrow? (Exponential Modeling)
  • Should I Go To College Now Or Later? (Applications of Exponential Modeling)

Unit 3.3: How Do We Determine Age? (Exponential Decay)

Concepts Covered:

  • How Do We Determine Age? (Exponential Decay and Half-life)
  • How Old Are The Dead Sea Scrolls? (Understanding the Dead Sea Scrolls)

Unit 3.4: How Do We Measure Segregation? (Dissimilarity Index)

Concepts Covered:

  • How Do We Measure Segregation? (Dissimilarity Index)

Unit 4.1: What Does This Mail From The Bank Mean? (Compound Interest)

Concepts Covered:

  • Is This On Sale? (Percent Increase and Decrease)
  • What Is An Interest Payment? (Compound Interest)
  • Which Rate Do I Want? (APR vs APY)
  • Video Review: What Does This Mail From The Bank Mean? (Video Review for Compound Interest)
  • What spurred the movement to reform women’s rights?

Unit 4.2: Should I Save Or Should I Spend? (Annuities)

Concepts Covered:

  • What Am I Going To Have? (Value of an Annuity)
  • What Am I Going To Get? (Payout Annuity)
  • Can I Afford This? (Basics of a Budget)

Unit 4.3: Why Is Life So Expensive? (Loans)

Concepts Covered:

  • Is This A Fair Monthly Payment? (Loan Formula)
  • What If I Pay A Little More? (Amortization)

Unit 4.4: Taxes And Stocks And Bonds, Oh My! (Investment)

Concepts Covered:

  • Can I Retire Before Age 125? (Basics of Investment)

About the book

Quantitative Literacy 

This course is designed to engage students in complex and realistic situations involving the mathematical phenomena of quantity, change and relationship, and uncertainty through project- and activity-based assessment. Emphasis is placed on authentic contexts which will introduce the concepts of numeracy, proportional reasoning, dimensional analysis, rates of growth, personal finance, consumer statistics, practical probabilities, and mathematics for citizenship.

About the editors:

Senior Contributing Editors

Dr. Sharilyn Owens, Forsyth Technical Community College
Grady Lee Wilsonwithers, Forsyth Technical Community College

 
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