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MAT-103-20, Applied Algebra

INSTRUCTOR: Darcy Conant

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: SEM/Saturday/8:30 - 11:15 AM, September 8, 15, 29; October 6, 20, 27; November 10, 17; December 1, 8. Exam: December 15


This course focuses on the development of quantitative reasoning through algebraic applications.  The course will include the study of logic and problem solving, dealing with quantitative information in everyday life, the basis of statistical reasoning, mathematical modeling, and further applications. The emphasis will be on investigation of algebraic applications through problem solving, group activities, critical thinking, conjecturing, and discovery of patterns. The course is designed to: develop students’ ability to reason with quantitative information, provide students with the critical thinking and quantitative reasoning skills needed to understand major issues in life, and prepare students for mathematics they will encounter in other college courses, particularly core courses in social and natural sciences.


  1. Gain a knowledge of algebraic concepts through applications, analysis, and modeling
  2. Gain a broadened experience of active problem solving as an individual and as a member of a group
  3. Gain an increased understanding of the scope of mathematics
  4. Gain an awareness of the applications of mathematics
  5. Gain confidence in her analytical ability


In general, each class will include time for questions and time for guiding problem solving as well as for the presentation of new material. Students are expected to actively participate in class and group activities.


There will be homework assignments, in-class activities, and quizzes. There will be exercises that are to be done between classes and the results shared at subsequent classes. There will be three midterm tests and a comprehensive final examination. 

Graded Assignments/In-Class Activities/Quizzes - 25%

3 Midterm Tests - 45%

Comprehensive Final Examination - 30%


  • Using and Understanding Mathematics:  A Quantitative Reasoning Approach, 5th Editon.  Jeffrey Bennett and William Briggs.  Addison-Wesley, 2011.  ISBN: 0321652797.
  • TI-83 or TI-84 Graphing calculator