An Interdisciplinary Quantitative Reasoning Program at Hollins University

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  • An Interdisciplinary Quantitative Reasoning Program at Hollins UniversityBy Caren Diefenderferand Trish Hammer

  • The History of Quantitative Reasoning at Hollins Spring 98 Idea for a two level, basic (q) then applied (Q), quantitative reasoning requirement Fall 98 q Basic QR Requirement QR Assessment ExemptMath 10098-99 QR Workshops (Hollins) 99-00 QR Reading Group (Hollins) 00-01 QR Faculty Development Activities (NSF)

    Fall 01 Q Applied QR Requirement Students complete one Q course Each Q course contains at least 2 QR Projects Q courses across the curriculum

  • QR Faculty Development Activities (supported by NSF)Four Visiting QR Scholars Public Lecture Faculty Workshop

    Two QR Workshops for Hollins Faculty

  • Visiting QR ScholarsJerry Johnson, University of Nevada at Reno (9/2000) Lecture (100): The Mathematics Across the Curriculum Project at UNR Workshop(15): Applications of QR in the Social SciencesDorothy Wallace, Dartmouth College (10/2000) Lecture(70): The Mathematics Across the Curriculum Project at Dartmouth Workshop(14): A Study of Symmetry Using Block ArtHelen Lang, Trinity College in Connecticut (2/2001) Lecture(70): The Role of Science/Math Laboratories in Humanities Courses Workshop(14): Discussion of the Importance of QR in the HumanitiesLou Gross, UT at Knoxville (4/2001) Lecture(70): Everglades Restoration: Computing, Ecology, Mathematics, and Public Policy Workshop(9): QR in Ecology (Using Ecobeaker and Populus)

  • Q Faculty Development Workshops at Hollins2 NSF funded 4 day workshops - emphasis on development of QR projects for Q coursesWorkshop Sessions Math 100 topics (lecture and Excel labs) Definition of QR Discussion of teaching strategies Sample QR projects and guidelines Presentation of QR projects by facultyWorkshop Participants Humanities: Classics(1), Philosophy(1)Social Sciences: Communications(1), Economics(1), History(2), Political Science(1), Sociology(1)Fine Arts: Theatre(1)Natural and Mathematical Sciences: Biology(3), Chemistry(2), Computer Science(2), Mathematics and Statistics(2), Physics(1), Psychology(1)

  • Q Courses at HollinsBiology:Plants and People, Ecology, Plant Biology Business:Corporate Finance* Chemistry:General Chemistry, Principles of Chemistry Analytical Chemistry Classics/Art:Ancient Art Computer Science:Computer Science I Communications:Research Methods in Communication Economics:Economics of Social Issues, Economics of Health Care, Public Finance, Money, Credit and Banking, Macroeconomics, Women and Economics* History:US Social History, European Imperialism* Mathematics:Precalculus, Intuitive Calculus, Calculus I and II, Linear Algebra, Symbolic Logic Philosophy:Symbolic Logic Physics:Physical Principles, Analytical Physics Political Science:Research Methods in Political Science Psychology:Human Memory Sociology:Sociology of Health, Illness and Medicine, Methods of Social Research Statistics:Introduction to Statistics, Statistical Methods Theatre:Lighting Design

  • Ancient Art Professor Christina SaloweyQuantitative analysis of treatise on architecture from antiquity by VitruviusQuantitative analysis of field data and scaled drawings of ancient buildingsDiscovery of proportional relations between units3D Reconstruction of Doric temples

  • Ecology Professor Renee GodardField trips to graveyardsCollection of real mortality data on males and females born between 1830-1839 and 1890-1899Hands on experience with life tables s-curves patterns of survivorship population dynamics fertility

  • Sociology of Health, Illness and Medicine Professor Kay BroschartQuantitative analysis of 1990s health care data - median net salary vs percentage of female physicians within medical specialty fields- life expectancy vs rate of infant mortality vs percentage health care spending in USin other countries

  • Lighting Design Professor Laurie Powell-WardPotentials and problems of theatrical lighting through lab exploration with standard industry equipmentScript based design projectsQuantitative concepts angle, beam spread, intensity, wattage, control board timingExecution of design allows students to see their schematics in action


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