Q courses

Qsem (aka QUAN 001, 'Introduction to Quantitative Reasoning') is a full-semester, 1.0-credit course that can be used to fulfill the Quantitative Readiness requirement at Bryn Mawr.  The course is designed to prepare students to succeed in entry level quantitative courses in the Social Sciences and Sciences. 

The course addresses a variety of basic topics in Mathematics and Statistics with an emphasis on applications.  By directive of the Bryn Mawr faculty, the topics include, but are not limited to: computation, basic probability, central tendency, tables & graphs, basic algebra, magnitude & scale, and the interpretation of word problems.

Qsem is taught in a collaborative, small seminar format, with a maximum enrollment of 7 students per section.  Sections may proceed at slightly different paces during the semester, depending upon the unique needs of the students enrolled in each section.


Q11 (QUAN 011), 'Modeling Change with Functions'  1.0-credit

In this course you will learn about the different types of functions that provide useful models for studying motion and change: linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric. Practice with these concepts and skills will prepare you for success in calculus, the study of motion and change. In calculus, students use functions to model real-world phenomena such as falling objects and growing populations


Q15 (QUAN 015), 'STEM Math Lab'  0.5 credit

In this course students will practice the mathematical concepts and skills necessary for success in introductory physics, chemistry and calculus courses. We will be using online learning modules specifically designed for this purpose and tailored to Bryn Mawr’s introductory science and mathematics courses. Students will develop mastery in solving problems in several areas relevant to the material taught in introductory calculus, physics and chemistry. These include using a variety of functions (linear, quadratic, exponential, and trigonometric), graphing data, working with vectors, using scientific notation, making unit conversions, factoring polynomials, and applying geometry. You will also develop proficiency in using these skills to model various real-world phenomena, and to draw conclusions about them based on the models. Co-requisites: Phys121, Phys122, Phys101, Phys102, Chem103, Chem104, Math 101, or Math 102.