Courses designated “QR” satisfy the College requirement in Quantitative Reasoning.
Essential Algebra: Special Topics
This course includes the study of exponents, solutions of linear equations, inequalities, factoring, coordinate geometry, and graphing. Emphasis is placed on problem-solving using algebraic techniques and practical applications. Successful completion of this course fulfills the Pine Manor College quantitative reasoning requirement. Fall and Spring. QR
Geometry and Measurement
This course includes the study of measurement, lines, planes, angles, triangles, circles, polygons, and three dimensional objects. Emphasis is placed on utilizing intuitive geometric reasoning, visualization techniques, and practical applications. Deductive and inductive reasoning will be utilized, and an understanding of proof and logic is developed. Students will have the opportunity to engage in geometric construction using straightedges, compasses, and protractors. This course fulfills the Pine Manor College quantitative reasoning requirement. Fall and Spring.
Do you buy lottery tickets? How likely are you to win? Is it true that the life expectancy in poor countries could be increased by giving televisions to the citizens of the countries? This course will prepare students to understand, present and assess statistical information, and to become critical and capable consumers of everyday statistics found in the news and in a variety of disciplines. Students who have completed MA 205 (Introduction to Statistics) may not enroll in MA 105. MA 105 will not replace MA 205 or BI 289 as a required course in the B.S. in Biology. Successful completion of this course fulfills the Pine Manor College quantitative reasoning requirement. Offered selectively. QR
This course includes the study of polynomial and rational expressions, radicals, systems of equations, quadratics, and functions. Emphasis is placed on problem-solving using algebraic techniques and practical applications. This course fulfills the Pine Manor College quantitative reasoning requirement. Fall. Prerequisite: MA 102 or placement. Group: III. and QR.
In this course, students explore the basic concept of functions and relations. Topics covered include the properties and graphs of linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions. This course is strongly recommended for students planning to major in education or science. Spring .
Prerequisite: MA 108 or permission. Group: III and QR.
Students are introduced to the concepts of limits, continuity, differentiation of algebraic and trigonometric functions. The discussion of each of these topics includes the practical application of the mathematical concepts studied. Students have the opportunity to use graphing calculators to help create models and make reasonable predictions. Fall. Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in MA 110 or permission of Math Program Coordinator. Group: III and QR
Methods of integration are introduced. Other topics include differentiation and integration of inverse trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions and improper integrals. Spring.
Prerequisite: MA 115 or permission. Group: III. And QR
A World of Patterns: Mathematics in Nature and the Arts
In this interdisciplinary course, the student examines the connections between the underlying scientific principles of number, ratio, and pattern in nature and how humans have employed them in a variety of ways. This course bridges the study of number, ratio, and pattern with the functional and symbolic numerical relationships underlying art, architecture, music, philosophy, religion, and science. Successful completion of this course fulfills the Pine Manor College quantitative reasoning requirement. Offered selectively. Group: IDS.
Introduction to Statistics
The fundamentals of descriptive and inferential statistics, including the normal distribution, sampling distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, chi-square tests, and linear correlation and regression. Students learn to use statistical software. Each student completes an independent project involving the collection, presentation, and analysis of data. Offered selectively.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and MA 102 or equivalent, or permission. Group: III and QR.