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Calculating and Comparing Tax Rates

Calculating and Comparing Tax Rates

This example focuses on six letters to the editor. All six letters ... (more)

This example focuses on six letters to the editor. All six letters attempt to describe and compare the amount of taxes paid on two different incomes: $30,000 and $200,000. Tax rates are expressed in absolute dollars, tax per $1,000 of income, $1 of tax per income amount, and as percents of annual income. Students need to be able to organize the relevant information and convert each stated tax rate to a standard form to help make comparisons. Additionally, students need to be aware that letter writers may make their own mistakes! (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Collection:
Starting Point (SERC)
Provider:
SERC at Carlton College
Author:
Stuart Boersma
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Comparison of GDP and the Human Development Index (HDI).

Comparison of GDP and the Human Development Index (HDI).

This assignment exposes students to data on economic growth and development as ... (more)

This assignment exposes students to data on economic growth and development as commonly measured by per capita GDP and the Human Development Index (HDI) for 100 countries of the world. There is a big debate about how good an indicator HDI is compared to GDP per capita as a measure of development. (less)

Subject:
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Homework and Assignments
Collection:
Quantitative Writing (SERC)
Provider:
SERC at Carlton College
Author:
Meherun Ahmed
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Cost Effectiveness of Increased Fuel Efficiency

Cost Effectiveness of Increased Fuel Efficiency

In this example students examine and critique an argument which implies that ... (more)

In this example students examine and critique an argument which implies that it is not cost effective to pay for an automobile with increased fuel efficiency. Using a few reasonable assumptions shows that some of the writer's quantitative claims are not very accurate. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Collection:
Starting Point (SERC)
Provider:
SERC at Carlton College
Author:
Stuart Boersma
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Do Quantitative Indicators Make Qualitative Meaning? Analysis of World Development Indicators, Human Development Indicators, and Happy Planet Indicators

Do Quantitative Indicators Make Qualitative Meaning? Analysis of World Development Indicators, Human Development Indicators, and Happy Planet Indicators

In this assignment, a group of four to five students will select ... (more)

In this assignment, a group of four to five students will select one country that has been ranked in the World Development Indicators of the World Bank, the Human Development Indicators of the United Nations Development Program, and the Happy Planet Indicator of the New Economic Foundation. Using the selected country's political, social, and economic statistics, each group will assess the methodology and validity of the measurements of WDI, HDI, and HPI indicators for the country. Students will compare and contrast the measurement methods, analyze the strengths and weaknesses of each indicator, and propose recommendations to improve these indicators. (less)

Subject:
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Homework and Assignments
Collection:
Quantitative Writing (SERC)
Provider:
SERC at Carlton College
Author:
Tun Myint
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Environmental Injustice: Evaluating the Evidence

Environmental Injustice: Evaluating the Evidence

This assignment teaches students how to evaluate arguments concerning the maldistribution of ... (more)

This assignment teaches students how to evaluate arguments concerning the maldistribution of environmental hazards, based on complex quantitative data. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Homework and Assignments
Collection:
Quantitative Writing (SERC)
Provider:
SERC at Carlton College
Author:
Kimberly Smith
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How Big is a Trillion?

How Big is a Trillion?

Perhaps the first skill needed for successful quantitative reasoning is the ability ... (more)

Perhaps the first skill needed for successful quantitative reasoning is the ability to understand a single number. Newspaper headlines over the last year have used some amazingly large figures when discussing the national debt, bailout funds, corporate bonuses, or economic stimulus packages. Millions, billions, and trillions of dollars are often encountered in such stories. The ability to process these large values and compare their relative values is essential in understanding the financial nuances to such articles. This example contains two in-depth approaches to understanding large quantities. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Collection:
Starting Point (SERC)
Provider:
SERC at Carlton College
Author:
Stuart Boersma
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Natural Resources Mini-Research Project

Natural Resources Mini-Research Project

This activity is a mini-research project in which students independently investigate the ... (more)

This activity is a mini-research project in which students independently investigate the variety of natural resources mined from the Earth and the broader implications of this mining. Students then give very short presentations of their findings to the class as a whole. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Collection:
Starting Point (SERC)
Provider:
SERC at Carlton College
Author:
Anne Egger
Emily Pope
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Quantitative Reasoning & Statistical Methods for Planners I, Spring 2009

Quantitative Reasoning & Statistical Methods for Planners I, Spring 2009

" This course develops logical, empirically based arguments using statistical techniques and ... (more)

" This course develops logical, empirically based arguments using statistical techniques and analytic methods. Elementary statistics, probability, and other types of quantitative reasoning useful for description, estimation, comparison, and explanation are covered. Emphasis is on the use and limitations of analytical techniques in planning practice." (less)

Subject:
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Assessments
Full Course
Lecture Notes
Collection:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Provider:
M.I.T.
Author:
Glenn, Ezra Haber
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A Short Selection of Advertisements

A Short Selection of Advertisements

Advertisers constantly thrust quantitative information in our face. Product claims, store enticements, ... (more)

Advertisers constantly thrust quantitative information in our face. Product claims, store enticements, health benefits, and scores of other contexts use short quantitative arguments to catch a reader's eye (and possibly money). This example shows how one can use these ads to bring added content to a quantitative reasoning course. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Collection:
Starting Point (SERC)
Provider:
SERC at Carlton College
Author:
Stuart Boersma
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Statistical Graphs: Aids Cases and Deaths by Year and Historical Poverty in the US

Statistical Graphs: Aids Cases and Deaths by Year and Historical Poverty in the US

This assignment asks students in a Quantitative Literacy foundations course to summarize ... (more)

This assignment asks students in a Quantitative Literacy foundations course to summarize data by using graphs they create in an Excel spreadsheet. Working in pairs, students are to work on part I of the assignment by completing the following: 1) create an AIDS chart from the given data, 2) determine the mean and median of the data, and 3) summarize the information by identifying statistical trends. Once each pair of students completes part I they have to complete part II by doing the following: 1) create a Poverty by Race Chart from given data, 2) determine statistical trends from the data, 3) find percent increase/decrease the data represents, and 4) determine what type of graph they could use to display percent data and explain their choice. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Collection:
Quantitative Writing (SERC)
Provider:
SERC at Carlton College
Author:
Charlotte Gregory
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Two Views of a Tax Cut

Two Views of a Tax Cut

This assignment is based on two graphs that appeared in the New ... (more)

This assignment is based on two graphs that appeared in the New York Times on April 7, 1995. The graphs provide "Republican" and "Democratic" views of a proposed tax cut. The graphs each measure the percent of "something" and in the assignment, students will compare the two graphs and determine whether both graphs are valid representations of the proposed tax cut. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Collection:
Quantitative Writing (SERC)
Provider:
SERC at Carlton College
Author:
Bernard Madison
Caren Diefenderfer
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Writing about Numbers We Should Know

Writing about Numbers We Should Know

This opening assignment for an introductory quantitative reasoning course asks students to ... (more)

This opening assignment for an introductory quantitative reasoning course asks students to write about "Numbers We Should Know." Its goal is to help students begin to think quantitatively, evaluate the sources of quantitative information critically, and write using numbers precisely and thoughtfully. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Homework and Assignments
Collection:
Quantitative Writing (SERC)
Provider:
SERC at Carlton College
Author:
Neil Lutsky
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Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Assessments
Full Course
Homework and Assignments
Lecture Notes
Syllabi
Collection:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Provider:
M.I.T.
Author:
George Kocur
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