Using Math to Inform Your World

Altering a recipe, dosing out a prescription, getting the best deal when shopping, and financing college – what do all of these things have in common? An understanding of numbers and how to use and interpret them. In the workplace, business, technology, and healthcare professionals all use math.

In this course, topics covered include how organizational strategies can be applied to mathematics and using arithmetic, algebra, probability, and descriptive statistics to solve real-world problems.

Course Outcomes

  • Explain organizational strategies that can be applied to the field of mathematics.
  • Use basic arithmetic and algebra to solve real-world quantitative problems.
  • Use basic probability and descriptive statistics to solve real-world quantitative problems.

Media Assets

  • Features 3 Video Stories.

Over the next 11 weeks, this course will help you approach your life in a new way—by giving you the confidence to use and interpret the real-world mathematics around you, so you can reach personal and professional success.

If you’ve ever tried to clean up your desktop or room, sort your expenses, or declutter your junk drawer, you understand the power of organizing. Deciding how to group things that are alike—whether those are personal bills, kitchen utensils, socks, or even professional tasks—can free up mental and physical space and save you time. Similarly, the mathematical concepts you’re learning in this course are based on organizational processes that, when applied correctly, can help you save time and complete your work successfully. This week, you’ll learn how getting organized can help you work more productively in this course and beyond!

Ever feel like you have so much work to do, you just don’t know how to begin? According to leading business experts, getting organized is always the first step to getting things done. That’s why it’s a crucial part of successfully honing the productivity skill you’re learning throughout this course. This week, we’ll explore some key strategies to staying organized in your personal and professional life. You’ll be able to apply these strategies to both your work in ALEKS and your professional career!

This week, you will unlock new ways to practice your productivity skill by working with mathematical patterns that can strengthen your organizational strategies. You’ll also see how strategies you’ve already learned in this course and in prior courses can be applied to real-world challenges. No matter if we’re facing a tabletop puzzle or a mathematical one, patterns will help us assemble our steps to success.

Outside of the classroom, math isn’t always a bunch of equations on a piece of paper. Mathematical problems are hidden in everyday situations, such as how much of a loan you can afford to start a business or which gym membership will give you the most bang for your buck. In real-world situations like these, it’s up to you to figure out what the problem actually is. In other words, once you understand the question or situation that needs to be solved, you can use the data available to figure out how to solve it. Using and analyzing data is a key step to becoming a problem solving powerhouse. This week, you’ll learn how to find the information you need to solve problems in ALEKS, as well as how to apply mathematical problem solving strategies to challenges in your personal and professional life.

Over the next two weeks, we’ll outline various problem solving strategies and explain how they can be used in this course and throughout your life and career. Learning to add strategies to your problem solving techniques will help you multiply your success at school, work, and home.

That doesn’t mean you won’t encounter setbacks or make mistakes from time to time. You might be faced with a client who keeps canceling meetings, or you may score a lower grade than you were expecting on an important quiz or assignment. But by applying the strategies and tools from this course, you’ll be able to identify your mistakes and use your problem solving skill to avoid those same mistakes in the future. This week, you’ll learn additional strategies to hone your problem solving skill, learn from your mistakes, and build the confidence to take on challenges in this course and beyond.

Throughout this course, you’ve begun investing in yourself by developing your problem solving skill so you can make successful decisions in this course and your career. This week, you’ll learn how to apply the same problem solving skill to start mastering your personal finances. You’ll see how mathematics can help you build a future you can count on.

When we talk about the likelihood of something happening or not, what we’re really referring to is probability. And understanding how to calculate probable outcomes can be a useful tool in this course and beyond. This week, you’ll learn how using probability in real-world situations can help you accomplish more than just remembering your umbrella. It can strengthen your problem solving skill so you can make important decisions about your life and future.

In almost every field, from biology or business to psychology or math, understanding statistics helps professionals solve problems and make decisions. This week, you’ll discover how to use statistics to practice your problem solving skill in the real world. By learning to work with statistics, you’ll be able to gain valuable insights and make successful decisions in your life and career.

Over the past 11 weeks, you’ve practiced mathematical strategies that you can apply to this course and beyond. And you’ve used these strategies to hone your productivity and problem solving skills. You’ve also explored how these two skills will help you achieve your personal, academic, and professional goals. This week, we’ll take a look at how far you’ve come and discuss how you can continue using your skills to forge the professional future you want.