**Course Documents**

**Course Objectives**

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

- appreciate the beauty and usefulness of math in a wide variety of contexts,
- apply mathematical reasoning to gain insight into situations and solve problems in daily life, and
- articulate how mathematics can glorify God and be used to serve Him and the world.

**Structure of the Course**

This course is likely structured differently from other math classes you have taken. You will be asked to prepare for each class, typically by reading a selection from a book. In each class, you will work with a small group of fellow students, to increase your understanding of the subject, through discussion and problem-solving. Your "homework" will often consist of writing up what you discovered in class and reflecting on what you learned. There will be several quizzes but no exams. Formulas, computation, and speed are less important than ideas, careful reasoning, and thoughtful reflection. You will be assigned a couple projects, in which you will address the "big" questions: "How is math useful in modern society?" and "How can doing math foster personal growth and equip a person for service to God and to the world?".

**Skeleton Notes, Activities, Excel Labs, and Worksheets for Class**

- Unit 1: The Joy of Numbers
- Numbers and their Quirks
- Patterns in Numbers, Activity 1
- Activity 1 Wrap-Up, Activity 2 Preview
- Activity 2: Unbalanced Triangles
- Commutativity and Percents
- Practice with Percents; Problem Solving
- Division, Rates, Place Value, Large and Small Numbers
- Unit 2: Math for Life and Decisions
- Unit 3: Financial Math
- Linear vs Exponential Change
- Practice with Linear and Exponential Change
- Excel Lab: Budget and Expense Tracker: Instructions, Starter Spreadsheet
- Interest, Starter Spreadsheet
- Savings, Starter Spreadsheet
- Loans, Starter Spreadsheet

- Unit 4: Statistics and Voting Theory
- Intro to Stats and Surveys
- The Statistical Process, Starter Spreadsheet
- Histograms
- Center: Mean and Median
- Spread
- Voting Theory I (Plurality, Instant Run-Off)
- Voting Theory II (Borda Count, Copeland's Method)
- Voting Theory III (Arrow's Theorem, Approval Voting) and Christian Decision-Making
- Unit 5: The Joy of Math

**Reading and Reflection Assignments**

**Unit Summary Assignments**

To refine and deepen understanding of topics in the unit, by summarizing some main ideas and themes of the unit

- Prompts: Unit 1, Unit 2, Unit 3, Unit 4
- Rubric for Unit Summaries

**Quiz Resources**

- Quiz 1 (Percents): Practice Problems, Practice Quiz
- Quiz 2 (Conditional Probability): Practice Problems, Practice Quiz
- Quiz 3 (Linear and Exponential Change): Practice Problems, Practice Quiz
- Quiz 4 (Statistics): Practice Quiz

**Projects**

- Project 1: To discover and share with the class several ways math is used in modern society (details on Canvas)
- Project 2: Articulate how mathematics can glorify God and be used to serve Him and the world (details on Canvas)

**Final Portfolio**

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Math Major at Bethel University