Bernard Madison

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Mathematical Sciences
University of Arkansas Main Campus

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Activities (2)

Economic argument about increasing fuel efficiency part of National Numeracy Network:Teaching Resources:Quantitative Writing:Examples
In the op-ed piece, Jerry Taylor argues that spending about $1500 to modify pick-up trucks and SUVs to increase the fuel efficiency by 40-50% is unwise economically. In order to analyze and critique his arguments and conclusions, one must produce linear models of cost equations and exponential models of savings equations. In addition, one must make various assumptions to critique the conclusions because, as is often the case in such articles, the information is incomplete. The argument is purely economic, ignoring social and environmental issues involved.

Two Views of a Tax Cut part of National Numeracy Network:Teaching Resources:Quantitative Writing:Examples
This assignment is based on two graphs that appeared in the New York Times on April 7, 1995. The graphs provide "Republican" and "Democratic" views of a proposed tax cut. The graphs each measure the percent of "something" and in the assignment, students will compare the two graphs and determine whether both graphs are valid representations of the proposed tax cut.

Other Contribution

Bernie Madison, University of Arkansas part of National Numeracy Network:Speaker Biographies
bmadison@uark.edu Bernard L. Madison, professor of mathematics at the University of Arkansas and founding president of the National Numeracy Network, has worked in quantitative literacy (QL) for more than a decade. ...


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Writing with Numbers Workshop Participants