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Anne Arundel Community College

Nature of Mathematics, MAT 100


Course Description (from the College):

Encounter mathematical reasoning through an exposure to inductive methods, problem-solving techniques and the organization of information to discover patterns. Explore geometric topics and the connections between mathematics and the arts and sciences. Study topics such as sequences, topology, computers, fractals and introductory probability and statistics. Prerequisite: Achieve an appropriate score on the mathematics part of the ACT or SAT, or score at an appropriate level on the Mathematics Placement Test, or completion of MAT 012 or MAT 012E or MAT 013B with a grade of at least C, or successful completion of an approved mathematics preparation course.


Syllabus -- in Word format


Important Dates (traditional section)
Exam #1 -- Tuesday, February 21st key/review/flash cards
Exam #2 -- Thursday, March 9th key/review/flash cards
Exam #3 -- Tuesday, April 4th key/review/flash cards
Exam #4 -- Tuesday, April 25th key/review/flash cards
Final Exam -- Tuesday, May 9th key/review/flash cards

see the syllabus for a more detailed calendar

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Math Office: Mathematics 231J
My AACC voicemail: (410) 777-1264
My AACC email: bjmccall@aacc.edu
Office Hours: M 2-5, TR 4-5:30
MML Code: MCCALL35615


Notes & Playlist Links

Venn Diagrams and Sets
Tables and Tree Diagrams
Probability Through Experiments and Simulations
Counting Rules: Combinations and Permutations
Symbolic Notation for Statistics
Graphing Quantitative Data
Interpreting Graphs
Bad Graphs
Numerical Summaries of Data: Mean, Median and Mode
Shapes of Distributions
Percentiles (using Data)
Empirical Rule and Percentiles


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Homework #12
Homework #13



Budget Project
Color Project
Organizing Data Project (Tables) Data
Rigid Motion Project/Activity -- graph paper
Pattern Scavenger Hunt
Sum Formulas
Sampling Activity
Histogram Activity
Descriptive Stats Activity
Calculating Standard Deviations By Hand -- key
Public Data Project
Counting Practice -- key
Expected Values -- key
Euler Graph Exercise -- key
Euler Graphs in the Real World
TSP Project
Fractal Exploration
Spiral Growth in Nature/Symmetry in Beauty Reading
Survey Reading
Counting Poker Reading


Supplemental Activities

Pie Charts & Stem-and-Leaf Plots by Hand
Samples Activity -- key
Permutations and Combinations Activity -- key
Probability Activity -- key
Linear Regression Problems -- key
Counting Sample Spaces with Trees -- key
Design Your Own Experiment
Empirical Rule -- key
Statistical Graphs  -- key
Sampling Methods Activity
Sequences Worksheet -- key
Constructing Gnomons

Calculator Guides:

Statistical Graphs in the TI-83/84
TI 84 Entering Data
TI 84 Descriptive Statistics
Counting Formulas
Descriptive Statistics: Grouped Data
Correlation and Linear Regression
Complex Numbers in TI
Math of Finance


Answer Keys

Quiz #1 -- key
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Quiz #11 -- key
Quiz #12 -- key
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PDF Graph Paper
Bad Graphs (Convention Speeches)
Visualizing Data Badly: 8 Examples
Correlation is not Causation: orginal article / handout
Presidents by State
How much people lie on surveys
Exploring Correlation and Regression
Central Limit Theorem: with Bunnies and Dragons
How Many Ways Can You Arrange a Deck of Cards?
Free Online Math Courses
How to Tell if Correlation Implies Causation
Reliability and Validity
In wake of uproar over Facebook’s emotional manipulation study, bioethics scholars say new rules are 'moral imperative'
Combinations and Permutations Calculator
How the Nocebo Effect can Trick us into Actually Dying
Desmos Lessons for AP Statistics
Stem and Leaf Plot Generator
PhET Simulations

Liberal Arts Math at CSCC


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Last updated: 2015 August 12th