From Earlham Cluster Department
Fulfills non-lab scientific inquiry general education requirement
- Develops students' understanding of the natural world.
- Strengthens students' knowledge of the scientific way of knowing — the use of systematic observation and experimentation to develop theories and test hypotheses.
- Emphasizes and provides first-hand experience with both theoretical analysis and the collection of empirical data.
Fulfills quantitative reasoning general education requirement
General Education courses in Quantitative Reasoning foster students' abilities to generate, interpret and evaluate quantitative information. In particular, Quantitative Reasoning courses help students develop abilities in such areas as:
- Using and interpreting formulas, graphs and tables.
- Representing mathematical ideas symbolically, graphically, numerically and verbally.
- Using mathematical and statistical ideas to solve problems in a variety of contexts.
- Using simple models such as linear dependence, exponential growth or decay, or normal distribution.
- Understanding basic statistical ideas such as averages, variability and probability.
- Making estimates and checking the reasonableness of answers.
- Recognizing the limitations of mathematical and statistical methods.