Department of Mathematics & Statistics

# Quantitative Reasoning 101

### Quantitative Reasoning 101

For students who wish to proficiency the QR 101 requirement, there is a 40 question multiple choice proficiency test available. The test can be arranged by contacting Testing Services. Non-programmable, non-graphing, scientific calculators, such as those in the TI-30 line are allowed. Cell phone calculators are not allowed.  We strongly recommend that you first take the sample proficiency exam and prepare for the exam; you can only take the proficiency exam once.

The proficiency test covers the material in the course, as outlined below.

Catalog Description: Focuses on mathematical reasoning and real-life problems.  Including management science, coding, social choice and decision making, size and shape, and modeling.

Textbook:  Math in Our World (Third Edition) with Connect and Learn Smart
Dave Sobecki and Allan G Bluman
ISBN 978-0-07-351967-8
MHID 0-07-351968-7

Course Outline and Topics:

Chapter 8: Consumer Math

• 8-1 Percents
• 8-2 Simple Interest
• 8-3 Compound Interest
• 8-5 Student Loans and Home Buying
• 8-6 Investing in Stocks and Bonds

Chapter 9: Measurement

• 9-1 Measures of Length: Converting Units and the Metric System
• 9-2 Measures of Area, Volume, and Capacity
• 9-3 Measures of Weight and Temperature

Chapter 10: Geometry

•  10-1 Points, Lines, Planes, and Angles
• 10-2 Triangles
• 10-3 Polygons and Perimeter
• 10-4 Areas of Polygons and Circles
• 10-5 Volume and Surface Area
• 10-6 Right Triangle Trigonometry

Chapter 12: Statistics

• 12-1 Gathering and Organizing Data
• 12-2 Picturing Data
• 12-8 Correlation (not the parts calculating the correlation coefficient)
• Supplement: Misuses of Statistics

Chapter 13: Voting Methods

• 13-1 Preference Tables and the Plurality Method
• 13-2 The Borda Count Method and Plurality-with-Elimination Method
• 13-3 The Pairwise Comparison Method and Approval Voting
• 13-4 Apportionment
• 13-5Apportionment Flaws

Some other books on the topic of Quantitative Reasoning include

Quantitative Reasoning: Tools for Today's Informed Citizen
by Alicia Sevilla, Kay Somers
ISBN 978-0-470-41232-9
Paperback, 656 pages

Mathematical Thinking and Quantitative Reasoning, 1st Edition
ISBN10:0-618-77737-7
ISBN13:78-0-618-77737-2
AUTHORS:Aufmann/Lockwood/Nation/Clegg

Other resources to help prepare for the proficiency test may be found on the following websites.

http://www.practiceaptitudetests.com/numerical-reasoning-tests/

http://www.wiziq.com/tests/quantitative-reasoning

http://www.aptitude-test.com/numerical-reasoning.html