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Revision Date: 13-Apr-23

Summer 2023 | MAT-1030-VT01 - Applied Math Concepts

In Person Class

Standard courses meet in person at CCV centers, typically once each week for the duration of the semester.

Location: Brattleboro
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Monday, 01:00P - 04:00P
Semester Dates: 05-22-2023 to 08-14-2023
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-12-2023 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-10-2023 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


John Beagan
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Debra Grant

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following VSC General Education Requirement(s) for Catalog Year 21-22 and later:
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

This course develops students’ ability to think quantitatively and use mathematics as a problem-solving tool in their professional and personal lives. Mathematical applications are selected from a range of business, human services, health, and political topics. Concepts include: set theory, visual representation of data, operations in the real number system, geometry, linear and nonlinear equations, linear systems, personal finance, probability, and statistics. Students must take a math assessment for placement purposes prior to registration. Prerequisite: Math & Algebra for College or equivalent skills.

Essential Objectives

1. Apply basic concepts of set theory and use Venn diagrams to solve problems related to surveys and probabilities.
2. Utilize real number system operations (fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios, proportions, and unit conversions) in the interpretation and analysis of problems from a variety of fields.
3. Analyze and interpret linear and nonlinear relationships using graphs and equations, and apply algebraic techniques and models to a variety of problems.
4. Apply geometric concepts including angles, areas, volumes, and the Pythagorean Theorem.
5. Examine and apply the concepts of probabilities using a variety of methods including counting techniques, frequency tables, probability distributions, pie charts, and graphs.
6. Apply basic statistics, using sampling, tables, charts, graphs, means, standard deviation and normal distribution, to interpret and draw conclusions from data.
7. Compute and analyze the impacts of simple and compound interest, and analyze finance applications related to savings, taxes, discounts, loans, and purchases.
8. Select and perform appropriate procedures to solve mathematical problems arising in various disciplines, and demonstrate proficiency in interpreting, evaluating and presenting quantitative data and information.
9. Demonstrate proficiency on the quantitative reasoning graduation assessment.
10. Apply mathematical reasoning to analyze social justice problems in a variety of different contexts and consider whether these approaches are just and equitable.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

*** This is a no cost textbook or resource class ***

This course only uses free Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials. For details, see the Canvas Site for this class.


Applied Math Concepts is an in-person class that meets on Mondays at the Brattleboro CCV site from 1-4 P.M. beginning on May 22nd and ending on August 14th, 2023. The following methods will be used with the aim of preparing each student for the Quantitative Reasoning Assessment (QRA) at the end of the semester:

• Weekly attendance & participation

• Weekly homework assignments These assignments may include readings & problems in the online text, OpenStax Prealgebra 2e (https://openstax.org/details/books/prealgebra-2e)

• Weekly Quizzes

• Weekly assignments on Khan Academy

• Mid-Term Exam

• QRA (Final Exam Grade)

Evaluation Criteria

Your work will be evaluated on the accuracy of your answers as well as the quality of your contributions during our weekly classes.

Weekly Class Attendance & Participation 20%

Homework 20%

Quizzes 20%

Khan Academy Assignments 20%

Mid-Term 10%

QRA/ Final Exam 10%

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


Measures of Central Tendency Adding & Subtracting Integers Order of Operation



Multiplying & Dividing Integers, Place Value & Rounding, Converting Fractions to Decimals



Add & Subtract Rational Numbers, Operations with Unlike Denominators



Perimeter, Circumference, Area, & Volume



Fractions, Decimals, & Percents



Percent of Change, (Discount & Markup) & Commission



Word Problems Using Topics Covered in Weeks 1-6



Exponents, Square Roots, & the Pythagorean Theorem



Multiplying & Dividing Powers, Variable Expressions with Exponents



Graphing Linear & Quadratic Equations



Simple and Compound Interest



Probability: Dependent & Independent Events


Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Participation Expectations

The average amount of time that you will spend working each week is 9 hours.

Here's what your weekly schedule might look like:

• Complete the weekly Khan Academy assignments. Our Khan Academy class code is GYHWRAXJ. There are usually between 6 and 10 of them and each problem includes links to how to solve them in both written and video form. (4 hours)

•Complete the weekly homework assignment . ( 1 hour)

• Practice solving problems on the QRA practice site. This site includes a link to KeyTrain Math, another excellent resource for practicing problem solving. The QRA exam, which counts as the final exam for this class, is approximately 33 questions for you to solve in one hour.(2 hours)

• Make notes as you complete the assigned work and post one challenging/interesting problem on the weekly discussion forum.

Missing & Late Work Policy

Late policy. Because mathematics is sequential, it is important that you complete each week's work on time so that you are ready for the next unit. However, I understand thatoccasionallyyou need a few extra days to complete your work.

Your weekly work must be passed in at the beginning of each week's class. You'll receive the homework assignments for the new week on Monday. I will accept homework assignments and Khan Academy work 1 week after their due dates.

However, the highest grade you can earn for a submission I receive more than 1 week after the due date is 50%.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.