The Dana Center Mathematics Pathways (DCMP) Foundations of Mathematical Reasoning (FMR) course is a semester-long quantitative literacy-based course that surveys a variety of mathematical topics needed to prepare students for college-level statistics, quantitative reasoning, or algebra-intensive courses. The course is organized around big mathematical and statistical ideas. The course helps students develop conceptual understanding and acquire multiple strategies for solving problems. FMR prepares students for success in future courses and helps them develop skills for the workplace and as productive citizens. It is recommended that it be offered as four contact hours per week with the same instructor.
- Numeracy with an emphasis on estimation and fluency with large numbers;
- Evaluating expressions and formulas;
- Rates, ratios, and proportions;
- Solving equations;
- Linear models;
- Data interpretations, including graphs and tables;
- Verbal, algebraic and graphical representations of functions;
- Exponential models.
In addition, these materials support development of students’ ability to read, write, and talk about mathematical concepts and applications.
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The in-class activities and instructor resources are openly available for use by any instructor; accompanying assignments are available on the Quaero platform through Access Alliance for Education.