Mathematical Literacy for College StudentsMath Lit, by Kathleen Almy and Heather Foes, provides a one-semester alternative...
About the AuthorsKathleen Almy has been a professor of mathematics at Rock Valley College for over 10 years and has taught...
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  1. 1. Mathematical Literacy for College StudentsMath Lit, by Kathleen Almy and Heather Foes, provides a one-semester alternative to thetraditional two-semester developmental algebra sequence. This new approach offers anaccelerated pathway to college readiness through developmental math, allowing non-STEM(Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) students to move directly into liberal artsmath or introductory statistics.Through its emphasis on contextual problem-solving, the Almy/Foes text and itsaccompanying MyMathLab course help students understand and practice the major themesof numeracy, proportional reasoning, algebraic reasoning, and functions. Rather than a focus on skills-based algebra, Math Lit focuses on solving realistic problems, teaching number sense, and building mathematicalliteracy, while its emphasis on study skills provides students with a solid foundation for college readiness.The textbook content is organized into cycles (rather than linear chapters) that take a spiral approach to coveringtopics that relate to the four thematic strands. Once introduced, these thematic topics are revisited several times asappropriate, going into a little more detail each time. An open-ended Focus Problem introduces each cycle and isrevisited regularly until it is solved at the conclusion of the cycle. Cycles are comprised of activity-based lessons thatinclude carefully designed tasks, explorations, and instruction - all paced for the developmental learner.Would you like to try Math Lit with your students?Class testing gives us the opportunity to get invaluable feedback from both students and faculty to hear what youthink of the content and presentation, while at the same time giving you the opportunity to take this course for a"test drive". We often hear that you don’t really know a book until you teach from it and this is your opportunity todo so at no financial cost to you or your students. Here’s how the class test process works: • You may class test as little or as much as you like – from one or two cycles to the entire project, for either the Fall 2012 or Spring 2013 semester, using this material in place of what you would normally use for your course. • We will provide you with instructor and student manuscripts, as well as MyMathLab access codes for your students. • At the end of the class test both you and your students will complete a questionnaire to provide feedback to Pearson and to the authors on your experience with Math Lit.If you are interested in class testing Math Lit with your students, contact Rachel Haskell is under development for Math Lit – and the authors have created a course that can be used with pilots.
  2. 2. About the AuthorsKathleen Almy has been a professor of mathematics at Rock Valley College for over 10 years and has taught high school andcollege level math for 15 years. She has a bachelors degree in mathematics education from Southern Illinois University and mastersdegree in pure mathematics from Northern Illinois University. Her passion is improving developmental math for all studentsincluding the development of courses and content that is appropriate, relevant, and meaningful. As her departments developmentalmath coordinator, she organized and led a successful comprehensive redesign of the program over the past 5 years. As a result ofgiving talks about the redesign, she has been consulting with colleges throughout Illinois and across the country to improve theirdevelopmental math programs. Since 2009, she has been a member of AMATYCs Quantway project which is affiliated with theCarnegie Foundation. She was AMATYC’s Developmental Math Committee chair and serves on several state committees ondevelopmental education.Heather Foes is currently a professor of Mathematics at Rock Valley College in Rockford, Illinois and has also taught at IllinoisState University, Northern Illinois University and the University of Illinois. Heather has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry andmathematics and a master’s degree in mathematics from Illinois State University. She has written solution manuals and othersupplemental materials over the last ten years, as well as algorithmic questions for test-generator software and conceptualquestions for MyStatLab for Pearson.Math Lit Cycle Overview Cycle Question Goal Focus Problem Topics Developed in Depth Explore a situation Graphs (Venn diagrams, pie graphs, bar graphs, Establish foundational involving medical error to scatterplots), percent skills (increase/decrease, skills used in all cycles understand the role of percent of change), fraction review, rates/ratios, What can be as well as skills 1 error, technology, rates, function basics, proportionality, reasoning and learned? necessary to make units, and open-ended conjectures, types of change (linear/exponential), the course operate problem solving. types of graphs (non-linear), concepts of well area/perimeter/volume/surface area, similarity Signed number concepts and operations, means, Develop Explore the magic exponent properties with whole number understanding of number in baseball to exponents, polynomial basics, order of operations, Why does it numbers and understand integers, 2 FOIL, polynomial multiplication, properties of real matter? operations that will expressions, and order of numbers (distributive, commutative, associative), be used in cycle 3 operations. geometric and other formulas, Pythagorean with equations Theorem, slope, distance formula Build on cycle 2’s Determine when it is Theory, creation, and solving of equations (both skills to develop worth it to buy print linear and some basic non-linear situations), understanding of copies of a book or an e- median, weighted averages, correlation, standard When is it reader to develop 3 building, solving, and deviation, volume and surface area calculations, worth it? graphical, numerical, and graphing equations, Pareto charts, slope-intercept form, graphing linear both linear and non- algebraic comparison equations, variation, rational function modeling linear. skills. with a basic situation Make sense of the Proportionality, dimensional analysis, exponential national debt in terms of vs. linear revisited with modeling, scientific Understand large and height, weight, area, time, notation, exponent properties with negative small numbers and and relationship to other exponents, solving a formula for a variable, How big is quantities in absolute 4 country’s debts to factoring the GCF, probability concepts, solving big? and relative contexts develop understanding of proportions algebraically, writing equations of lines, through numerical size, scale, scientific 2x2 systems of equations, compound inequalities, and functional means. notation, and quadratic modeling with a basic situation, z-scores, measurement. Golden ratio, order of magnitude