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Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning

The workplace of today and tomorrow requires that all college graduates have a fundamental understanding of basic mathematical concepts and operations. It is also essential that employees utilize problem-solving skills on a daily basis. To assist students in their preparation for entry into the workplace and/or postgraduate education, Pine Manor College requires that all students complete the College’s quantitative reasoning (QR) requirement.

Learning Outcomes of Quantitative Reasoning

  • Students can make sense of or formulate a problem and plan a solution pathway.
  • Students can interpret, represent, translate between, and draw inferences from mathematical information presented in forms (e.g., graphs, tables, formulas, words) and draw inferences from this information.
  • Students can perform calculations efficiently and accurately and can estimate and check answers in order to determine reasonableness, identify alternatives, and select optimal results. This includes using correct units of measure.
  • Students will apply quantitative tools in diverse settings to answer discipline-specific questions or to engage societal questions and debates.
  • Students can formulate and test appropriate conclusions based on quantitative analyses.
  • Students can recognize and evaluate assumptions, biases, and limitations in estimation, modeling, and quantitative analyses.
  • Students can communicate their mathematical ideas and findings clearly and effectively, both in writing and verbally.
  • Students demonstrate an understanding that mathematics/quantitative reasoning is useful and worthwhile and a belief that their efforts will help them succeed.                               -Source AACU, NCTM, CCSM, BU QR standards

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