In this course, students will study issues in the sciences, social sciences, and management in which quantitative data plays a significant role. A variety of analytical approaches will be explored, including numerical, graphical, verbal/logical, and algebraic. Extensive use will be made of computer tools such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and the Internet.
This course is designed to help you to become a more confident, critical, and capable user of quantitative information of all kinds. In particular, it will help you to:
- Be more aware of the variety of ways in which numbers are used.
- Understand orders of magnitude and scientific notation.
- Understand and critique quantitative arguments, whether given numerically, graphically, or in written form.
- Interpret graphs.
- Create graphs to describe quantitative data.
- Use basic computer tools to analyze data.
- Become acquainted with basic mathematical models and their limitations.
- Learn financial application such as calculating compound interest, computing loan payments and understanding basic tax concepts.