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S tatistics L iberal A rts M ath Pasadena City College

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Motivation & History

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Current Curriculum

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Does the curriculum serve our population?

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Create a new track for SLAM Completion

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Backwards Design What math does a SLAM student need? Statistics Liberal Arts Math Real Life Quantitative Literacy 2 Quantitative Literacy 1

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SLAM vs. STEM Quantitative Literacy 1 Quantitative Literacy 2 Statistics Liberal Arts Math Beginning Algebra Intermediate Algebra STEM Track

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Creating Learning Experiences Discovery-based activities Using Manipulatives to understand mathematical ideas Excel Labs to both explore concepts and analyze data Projects – Tracking Expenses – Stock Project – Home Buying Project

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Created our own course materials

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QL2: Course Content

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Statistics Measures of Center and Weighted Mean Measuring Spread Graphical Representations of Data Correlation and Estimating the Best-fit Line

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Finance Simple vs Compound Interest Payday Loans Credit Cards Annuities Amortized Loans Student Loans Home Loans

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Probability Events, Simple Events, Combining sets Counting – Fundamental Counting Principle, nPr, nCr Two Way Frequency Tables Expected Value

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Geometry Areas of Rectangles, Triangles, Parallelograms, and Trapezoids discovery- based activity Investigating the effects on Perimeter, Area, and Volume when changing edge length Fermi Problem (estimation)

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Fermi Problem

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Science Solving Literal Equations Units and Dimensional Analysis Absolute vs Percent Error Linear, Exponential, and Logarithmic functions & rates of growth Scientific Notation and Sig Figs Variation

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Standard Algebra Content Excluded Factoring Quadratics & Polynomials Rational Expressions Matrices & Linear Systems

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QL1: Content and Approach

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Similar Content to a Standard Prealgebra class (but better) Old and out of dateNew and hot!

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Content Patterns Integers Fractions Decimals Percent Graphing and Lines

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Contextualized

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Experiential/Activity-based Less lecturingMore of students doing math

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Lots of Manipulatives

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24 Solving Word Problems Everyday

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25 Discovery-based Learning

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26 Metacognition and Affective Domain

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27 Critical Thinking

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Student Comments “ This thing is hard, but I love it! ” “ It seems like I’m learning the same stuff in a regular class, but I actually see how it’s useful. ” “ I ’ m SOOOOO glad that PCC has finally realized that we are all individuals and that we learn differently. ” “ This is more than math, this is real life! ” “ F**K ME, I GOT IT!!! ”

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