From Numbers to Decisions
The purpose of this course is to help students understand the value of mathematical thinking and become mindful about the application of mathematical reasoning and thinking to their own decision-making process in real life. Students will use real data from a variety of disciplines and current events to explore the relevance of mathematical thinking as a tool for making scientific and informed decisions. Specific applications to daily life are introduced, including analytic and holistic thinking, problem solving, spatial thinking, and probability as a basis for quantitative literacy. Students will explore the value of numeracy, mathematical thinking, the use of data and quantitative knowledge in professional settings within a variety of organizational contexts (including private, public, community, nonprofit, and military contexts). This course also provides students with a background in quantitative literacy that enables them to participate meaningfully in situations that require scientifically determined decisions. Course content and topics will be updated regularly based on current events. Prerequisite(s): Grade of “C-” or better in MATH 10 (or its equivalent) or satisfactory results on the Math Placement Test. See Math Placement Test for more information.