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Quantifying gustatory sensitivity using signal detection theory part of Examples
Julia Strand
In this lab, students explore the complex relationship between sensory stimulus and perceptual experience. This lab demonstrates how "noise" in the perceptual system, individual variability, and sensory adaptation influence perceptual judgments.

Economic Development of British Colonial America part of Examples
Serena Zabin, Carleton College
Through a close study of a rich set of demographic and economic statistics, students will see the development over 150 years of two similar yet divergent colonies (Virginia and Barbados). They will work through population, land use, and trade statistics with closely-guiding questions in order to find links between one set of numbers and another.

Shifting Attitudes on the Second Shift: A Statistical Analysis of Women and Work part of Examples
Liz Raleigh
(How) have public attitudes about work and gender changed over the last 25 years? Using the General Social Survey (available online) students will conduct a descriptive statistical analysis of Americans perceptions about women and work from 1988. They will then contextualize their findings within the contemporary literature about these issues.

The Role of Audience in Quantitative Writing part of Examples
Julian Westerhout, Carleton College
This workshop entails the reading of a highly quantitative article, summarizing it for a different audience, and reflecting upon what choices and opportunities audience presents for quantitative writers.

Graphically Presenting Quantitative Relationships: Elements of Effective Posters part of Examples
Julian Westerhout, Carleton College
This workshop involves students in evaluating the efficacy of posters as a communication tool, focusing on elements of clarity in poster and graphic design.

An exploration of spring systems: Asking and answering quantitative questions part of Examples
Melissa Eblen-Zayas
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.

Placing a Community: Demographic Contexts part of Examples
Adriana Estill
This assignment asks students to examine several recent U.S. census tables about Hispanics and educational attainment and write a brief report that details the conclusions they reach.

Writing about Numbers We Should Know part of Examples
Neil Lutsky, Carleton College
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.

Exploring Economic Inequality with Data part of Examples
Nathan Grawe, Carleton College
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.

Goldenrod Gall Flies: Writing a Lab Report in the Form of a Scientific Paper part of Examples
Sarah Deel, Carleton College
Students collect protein electrophoresis data comparing goldenrod gall flies, analyze class data, and write a lab report in the format of a scientific paper.