Jun 17, 2024  
2022-23 Gaston College Catalog 

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MAT 143 Quantitative Literacy (3 Credit Hours)

Class Hours: 2
Lab Hours: 2
Clinical/Work Experience Hours: 0
Prerequisites: Take One Set:
Set 1: DMA 010, DMA 020, DMA 030, and DRE 098
Set 2: DMA 010, DMA 020, DMA 030, and ENG 002  
Set 3: DMA 010, DMA 020, DMA 030, and BSP 4002
Set 4: DMA 025, and DRE 098
Set 5: DMA 025, and ENG 002  
Set 6: DMA 025, and BSP 4002
Set 7: MAT 003  and DRE 098
Set 8: MAT 003  and ENG 002  
Set 9: MAT 003  and BSP 4002
Set 10: BSP 4003 and DRE 098
Set 11: BSP 4003 and ENG 002  
Set 12: BSP 4003 and BSP 4002
Corequisites: Take MAT 043  
This course is designed to engage students in complex and realistic situations involving the mathematical phenomena of quantity, change and relationship, and uncertainty through project- and activity-based assessment. Emphasis is placed on authentic contexts which will introduce the concepts of numeracy, proportional reasoning, dimensional analysis, rates of growth, personal finance, consumer statistics, practical probabilities, and mathematics for citizenship. Upon completion, students should be able to utilize quantitative information as consumers and to make personal, professional, and civic decisions by decoding, interpreting, using, and communicating quantitative information found in modern media and encountered in everyday life.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Judge the reasonableness of results using estimation, logical processes, and a proper understanding of quantity
  2. Utilize proportional reasoning to solve contextual problems and make conversions involving various units of measurement
  3. Identify, interpret, and compare linear and exponential rates of growth to make predictions and informed decisions based on data and graphs
  4. Differentiate between simple and compound interest and analyze the long-term effects of saving, investing, and borrowing
  5. Describe, analyze, and interpret statistical information such as graphs, tables, and summarized data to draw appropriate conclusions when presented with actual statistical studies
  6. Determine probabilities and expected values and use them to assess risk and make informed decisions
  7. Analyze civic and/or societal issues and critique decisions using relevant mathematics

This course has been identified as a Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) course under the North Carolina Comprehensive Articulation Agreement. Students completing courses designated as UGETC, with a C or higher, will receive equivalent general education course credit for those courses at the receiving UNC institution.

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