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Essential Objectives

Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 09-Jun-24

Fall 2024 | MAT-1030-VU01 - 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: Winooski
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Wednesday, 08:30A - 11:15A
Semester Dates: 09-04-2024 to 12-11-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-16-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
Open Seats: 7 (as of 07-13-24 2:05 PM)
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Andrew Pezzulo
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Nick Molander

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
VSCS Mathematics
  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, written summaries, 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 quantitative 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 course uses one or more textbooks/books/simulations.

Fall 2024 textbook details will be available on 2024-05-20. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be specific to this class. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks/books.

MAT-1030-VU01 Link to Textbooks for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.


  • This course requires the purchase and use of a MyLab Math access card. Nearly all assignments, tests and quizzes are accessible on that software. MyLab Math provides an e-text for your use.
  • A calculator is an important tool for this course.
  • Many of the lessons will be presented on Power Point slides.
  • These slides follow the lessons in the text and will be available for your review in Canvas. You will know what we have done, what we are doing, and what we will do by consulting them whenever you want.
  • Weekly assignments have deadlines. I trust that your reason for missing a deadline is a good reason. Weekly assignments are open to you for the duration of the course. You may redo any assignment for a higher score.
  • If all four quizzes are taken before their deadlines, the lowest quiz score will be dropped. Quiz retakes are possible as are test retakes.

Evaluation Criteria

Student grades will be determined by the following:

Two exams 25%

Quizzes 15%

Homework 20%

Participation 15%

Final Exam 25%

Note: If all quizzes are taken, the lowest grade will be dropped.

Students with Special Needs:

In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the AmericansWith Disabilities coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

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


Week 1; Chapter 1, Critical Thinking Skills


Text; A Survey of Mathematics with Applications, 11th Edition by Allen Angel, Christine Abbott, Dennis Runde

1.1 Inductive and Deductive Reasoning

1.2 Estimation Techniques

1.3 Problem Solving Procedures


Week 1 Assignment on MyLab Math



Week 2; Chapter 2, Sets


2.1 Set Concepts

2.2 Subsets

2.3 Venn Diagrams and Set Operations


Week 2 Assignment



Week 3; Chapter 5, NumberTheory and the Real Number System


5.1 Number Theory

5.2 The Integers

5.3 The Rational Numbers


Week 3 Assignment



Week 4; Chapter 5, Number Theory and the Real Number System


5.4 The Irrational Numbers

5.5 Real Numbers and Their Properties

5.6 Rules of Exponents and Scientific Notation

5.7 Arithmetic and Geometric Sequences


Week 4 Assignment



Week 5; Chapter 6, Algebra, Graphs, and Functions


5.8 Fibonacci Sequence

6.1 Order of Operations and Solving Linear Equations

6.2 Formulas


Week 5 Assignment



Week 6; Chapter 6, Algebra, Graphs, and Functions


6.3 Applications of Algebra

6.4 Variation

6.6 Graphing Linear Equations


Week 6 Assignment



Week 7; Chapter 6, Algebra, Graphs, and Functions


6.9 Solving Quadratic Equations by Using Factoring and by Using the Quadratic Formula

6.10 Functions and Their Graphs


Week 7 Assignment



Week 8; Chapter 8, Geometry


8.1 Points, Lines, Planes and Angles

8.2 Polygons

8.3 Perimeter and Area

8.4 Volume and Surface Area


Week 8 Assignment



Week 9; Chapter 10, Consumer Mathematics


10.1 Percent

10.2 Personal Loans and Simple Interest

10.3 Compound Interest


Week 9 Assignment



Week 10; Chapter 11, Probability


11.1 Empirical and Theoretical Probabilities

11.2 Odds

11.4 Tree Diagrams


Week 10 Assignment



Week 11; Chapter 11, Probability


11.7 The Fundamental Counting Principle and Permutations

11.8 Combinations

11.10 Binomial Probability Formula


Week 11 Assignment



Week 12; Chapter 12, Statistics


12.1 Sampling Techniques and Misuses of Statistics

12.2 Frequency Distributions and Statistical Graphs

12.3 Measures of Central Tendency and Position


Week 12 Assignment



Week 13; Chapter 12, Statistics


12.4 Measures of Dispersion

12.5 The Normal Curve


Week 13 Assignment



Final Exam Review


In class review.


Week 14 Assignment



Final Exam


Final Exam


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

  • You are expected to participate in class by performing the calculations as they come up. A calculator is an essential tool for this.
  • Arriving on time and remaining for the whole class period is important for success in this course.
  • Computer use for note taking is permitted.
  • Cell phone use is not allowed in class.

Missing & Late Work Policy

I trust your reasons for submitting late work are honorable. There is no penalty for late submissions.

Missing work will have a negative impact on your grade. Please observe the deadlines under Syllabus in Canvas. After the deadline I will enter a zero in the gradebook until the assignments, quizzes or tests are completed.

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.