Courses emphasizing quantitative reasoning teach the use of mathematical ideas and methods, for example to describe and analyze quantifiable properties of the world. Science and technology rely on our ability to characterize and understand the world by measuring its properties and by using mathematical models to test hypotheses against data derived from these measurements. Quantitative reasoning courses will emphasize such skills as:
- developing reliable methods of measurement
- analyzing empirical data
- formulating mathematical theories or descriptions and understanding their behavior
- using mathematical and numerical models to explain the data and predict outcomes.