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Betsy Horner
Director, Q Project
bhorner@brynmawr.edu
Dawn Joyner
Assistant Director, Q Center
djoyner@brynmawr.edu Canwyll House West

Q courses

QUAN 001 (aka 'Qsem' or 'Intro to Quantitative Reasoning')

1.0-credit. Offered Fall only.  This course 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.  Sections may proceed at slightly different paces during the semester, depending upon the unique needs of the students enrolled in each section.

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QUAN 100  Intro to Quantitative & Computational Methods

0.5-credit.  Offered Fall only.

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QUAN 111  Modeling Change with Functions

1.0-credit.  Offered Spring only.  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.  This course fulfills the QM requirement.

Prerequisites:  QR Readiness Required; permission of the instructor required. (Please complete the lottery form and email it to bhorner@brynmawr.edu by 11/16/16 at 5 pm.  Click here for the form: Lottery form for Quan 111 )

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QUAN 121  Topics in Quantitative Analysis

1.0-credit.  Offered Spring only.  In this course students will assess the scope of quantitative problems in disparate disciplines, and use mathematical calculations (linear, exponential or log functions), and/or computing algorithms to solve them.  Topics Spring 2017 are Language, Music, and the Environment. Students will use the Python programming language to generate a language model (using the Navajo Language Academy's Navajo Verb Generator for reference and inspiration); use the principles of Physics to understand the experience of music (production, propagation, and perception of sound); and analyze geologic data to understand changes in the environment.  This course fulfills the QM requirement.

Prerequisites:  QR Readiness Required; permission of the instructor required. (Please complete the lottery form and email it to bhorner@brynmawr.edu by 11/16/16 at 5 pm. Click here for the form: Lottery form for Quan 121 )

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QUAN 015  STEM Math Lab

0.5-credit.  Offered Spring 2016 only.  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.