This course is based on the text Math in Society, edited by David Lippman, Pierce College Ft Steilacoom, and on the text Using Excel, by Noreen Brown, Barbara Lave, Julie Romey, Mary Schatz, and Diane Shingledecker. The modules in this course have been adapted and edited by Gail Poitrast to fit the learning objectives of Math 502.

This course is a survey of contemporary mathematical topics, most non-algebraic, appropriate for a college-level quantitative literacy topics course for liberal arts majors. The text is designed so that most chapters are independent. Emphasis is placed on the applicability of the mathematics. The use of Excel is also explored, as it is a learning objective for Math 502.

The course’s content, assignments, and assessments for Math for Our World are aligned to the following topics:

Chapter 1: General Problem Solving

Problem Solving with Proportional Relationships and Geometry

Unit Conversion

Estimation, Precision and Accuracy

Chapter 2: Excel

Data Entering, Editing, and Formatting

Data Analysis, Statistical Functions & Formulas

Charts: Choosing & Formatting Appropriately

Chapter 3: Math of Finance

Simple and Compound Interest

Annuities and Loans

Chapter 4: Statistics: Collecting Data

Data Collection Basics

Sampling and Experimentation

Graphical Representation of Data

Chapter 5: Statistics: Describing Data

Measure of Central Tendency

Measures of Distribution

Chapter 6: Normal Distribution

The Normal Curve

Z-scores and Percentiles

Chapter 7: Probability

Computing the Probability of an Event

Applications With Probability