Information & Faculty Development

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Textbooks

This section is made available for authors and publishers of textbooks which focus on Quantitative Literacy. The MAA has published (or supported the publishing of) a collection of books on quantitative literacy. These are not intended as texts but members of SIGMAA-QL have found them useful in teaching.

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Quantitative Reasoning: Tools for Today’s Informed Citizen
This text helps students connect mathematics in the classroom with applications in the real world. Through a series of hands-on activities and explorations, the text empowers students by teaching them to apply quantitative reasoning skills to make informed decisions in their daily lives. Authors Alicia Sevilla and Kay Somers (both of Moravian College) developed this engaging, activity-based, technology-integrated text for students enrolled in an introductory-level, problem-based general education quantitative reasoning course.
  • Quantitative Reasoning: Tools for Today’s Informed Citizen, Alicia Sevilla and Kay Somers (both, Moravian College)
  • © 2007 & 2008, J Wiley | E-book or Softcover with Student CD | Approximately 626 pages | ISBN 978-0-470-41354-8 (Softcover with CD)
  • Originally pubished by Key Curriculum Press; available now at J Wiley Site
Models of Conflict and Cooperation
Models of Conflict and Cooperation is a comprehensive, introductory, game theory text for general undergraduate students. As a textbook, it provides a new and distinctive experience for students working to become quantitatively literate. Each chapter begins with a "dialogue" that models quantitative discourse while previewing the topics presented in the rest of the chapter. Subsequent sections develop the key ideas starting with basic models and ending with deep concepts and results. Throughout all of the sections, attention is given to promoting student engagement with the material through relevant models, recommended activities, and exercises. The general game models that are discussed include deterministic, strategic, sequential, bargaining, coalition, and fair division games. A separate, essential chapter discusses player preferences. All of the chapters are designed to strengthen the fundamental mathematical skills of quantitative literacy: logical reasoning, basic algebra and probability skills, geometric reasoning, and problem solving. A distinctive feature of this book is its emphasis on the process of mathematical modeling.
  • Models of Conflict and Cooperation, Rick Gillman (Valparaiso University) and David Housman (Goshen College)
  • © 2009, American Mathematical Society | Hardcover | Approximately 417 pages | ISBN 978-0821848722
  • Available at AMS site
Common Sense: Rethinking Quantitative Reasoning
Common Sense: Rethinking Quantitative Reasoning is a text being written by Ethan Bolker and Maura Mast at the University of Massachusetts, Boston with support from the National Science Foundation DUE. This text is still in development, but a stable draft, a working draft, and a draft instructor's manual are all available at the site. This site also serves as the home for the Northeast Consortium for Quantitative Literacy, and a blog kept by Bolker and Mast of their experience teaching qunatitative reasoning.
Math in Society: A survey of mathematics for the liberal arts major
Math in Society is a free, open textbook. This book is a survey of contemporary mathematical topics, most non-algebraic, appropriate for a college-level topics course for liberal arts majors. The text is designed so that most chapters are independent, allowing the instructor to choose a selection of topics to be covered. Emphasis is placed on the applicability of the mathematics. Core material for each topic is covered in the main text, with additional depth available through exploration exercises appropriate for in-class, group, or individual investigation. This book is appropriate for Math 107 (Washington State Community Colleges common course number).
  • Math in Society, David Lippman (Pierce College at Ft Steilacoom)
  • Open source (*.doc files) and E-book (*.pdf files) available at Author’s site
  • Hardcover book available at Lulu