MAT 155 Quantitative Reasoning
This is an introductory course in arithmetical, geometric and algebraic
analysis that introduces students to the place of mathematics in the quest
for truth in the conversation of Western civilization. It is designed to
equip students to understand basic issues in economics, financial
management, business, science, and public policy in a way that sensitizes
them to the use and abuse of mathematical reasoning in the public square.
Beginning with standard arithmetical, geometric and algebraic concepts and
manipulations, quantitative analytical skills will be extended to more
complex quantitative analysis focused on applications of linear, quadratic,
exponential and logarithmic functions, as well as systems of linear
equations, infinite sequences and series, basic combinatorial analysis, and
elementary probability theory. Prerequisite: No prerequisite, though passing
high school grades in algebra I and geometry or their equivalents would be
very helpful. Students who take MAT 155 for credit may not take MAT 160 for
After successfully completing this course, students will
- Be comfortable with some of the most common objects in mathematics
that we will be studying: the natural numbers, linear equations,
functions, sequences, the idea of probability, etc., and be able to
apply them in practical ways (for example, in the study of economics).
- Have a sense of the history of mathematics, and its place in history
and society as a whole.
- Be able to identify the use of mathematics in public discourse, and
especially be able to evaluate and critique arguments based on
probability and statistics.
Stout studied at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. He holds a B.S. in
Marine Transportation and is completing his Ph.D. at City University of New
York. Brian has 3 years of experience teaching Pre-Algebra, College Algebra,
Pre-Calculus and Calculus 1. Originally from north Texas, Brian and his wife
now reside in New York.