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This collection of activities from Carleton College faculty is a subset of the larger set of examples available through the National Numeracy Network.



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Writing about Numbers We Should Know part of Examples
This opening assignment for an introductory quantitative reasoning course asks students to write about "Numbers We Should Know." Its goal is to help students begin to think quantitatively, evaluate the sources of quantitative information critically, and write using numbers precisely and thoughtfully.

An exploration of spring systems: Asking and answering quantitative questions part of Examples
Laboratory activity on springs and simple harmonic motion that encourages creative development of experiments and clear presentation of quantitative results in the form of a memo.

Do Quantitative Indicators Make Qualitative Meaning?: Analysis of World Development Indicators, Human Development Indicators, and Happy Planet Indicators part of Examples
The following urls contains relevant materials for this assignment: http://www.happyplanetindex.org/public-data/files/happy-planet-index-2-0.pdf http://go.worldbank.org/UWABM2F1J0 http://hdr.undp.org/en/media/HDI_methodology.pdf

Quantitative Review of a Political Science Documentary/Movie part of Examples
This assignment is designed to introduce quantitative reasoning and critical thinking in viewing documentary videos on the issues of development. Students will write a review essay about one of three designated documentaries for the course.

Introduction to the Ethnographic Atlas part of Examples
Introduction to the Ethnographic Atlas and the integration of quantitative and qualitative data analysis through the use of cross-cultural cross-tabulations.

Building an Electoral Dataset and Testing Hypotheses with the Data part of Examples
Undergraduate student project for building datasets and analyzing the electoral, party system, and mass behavioral characteristics for a set of countries.

Political Psychology - Public Political Attitudes Assignment part of Examples
Students were asked to compare their estimates of public opinion on several current issues to the actual values obtained through the analysis of National Surveys. The objective was to explore a common social attribution error and to acquire familiarity with data sources and on-line analysis tools.

Evaluating Quantitative Methods in the Analysis of Victorian Novels part of Examples
Current research on the Victorian novel includes fascinating, even radical quantitative methods that are transforming assumptions about literary history. This assignment will explore these new methods and help students learn to understand and evaluate quantitative data in relation to literature.

Environmental Injustice: Evaluating the evidence part of Examples
This assignment teaches students how to evaluate arguments concerning the maldistribution of environmental hazards, based on complex quantitative data.

Exploring Economic Inequality with Data part of Examples
This set of assignments exposes students to data which can be used to analyze economic inequality in international and historical context. Then students are asked to generate a thesis-driven argument drawing supporting evidence from one or more of the data sources.

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