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 the Textbook

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

Option 1:  E-text with MyMathLab access (purchase MyMathLab Access kit only)

Option 2:  Loose leaf text with MyMathLab access

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:

  1. Use strong skills in critical and logical thinking to make wise personal decisions, navigate the media, and be an informed citizen.
  2. Be competent in estimation so that they can put numbers from the news into context that makes them understandable.
  3. Apply the mathematical tools needed to make basic financial decisions.
  4. Read news reports of statistical studies in a way that will allow them to evaluate them critically and decide whether and how the studies should affect their personal beliefs.
  5. Be familiar with basic ideas of probability and be aware of how it affects their lives.
  6. Describe and explain how mathematics helps us study important social issues, such as global warming and the growth of populations.
  7. Interpret mathematics topics to help them develop quantitative reasoning skills they will need for college, career, and life.

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.

Textbook: Using and Understanding Mathematics: A Quantitative Reasoning Approach, 7 th Ed. Authors: Bennett & Briggs

Option 1: E-text with MyMathLab access (purchase MyMathLab access kit only)

Option 2: Loose leaf text with MyMathLab access

* REQUIRED: Class Notes for Contemporary Mathematics (Orange Note Pack)

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 Wednesday, December 12, 2:00-3:50 pm 

Section                        Instructor                       Location____________

001                              Jacob Munsen                 WIL 1-115         

002                              Jing Zhang                        WIL 1-121

003                              Wyatt Madden                WIL 1-122                 

004                              Jeff Carnegie                    REID 102

005                              Meaghan Winder            WIL 1-130

006                              Kimberly Graham            REID 452