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# MAT 144 All Weeks Discussions and Assignments Full

Course

## GC MAT144 Week 1 Discussion 1 & 2

dq 1

Choose one country that you might visit during your mission trip for the course project. Select a
duration for your trip between two and six weeks, and then choose a number of participants
between 5 and 10 people. Suppose one goal of your group is to speak to every adult citizen in the
country. How many citizens must each missionary need to talk to per day, per hour, and per
second to speak to every adult citizen in that country? Is that goal reasonable?
dq 2

A deductive argument is valid if the conclusion necessarily follows from the premises. It is
sound if it is valid and the premises are true.

Pick three of the following arguments and clearly explain why each argument is or is not valid or
sound.

1. 1. No human lives in outer space. Susie lives in outer space. Thus, Susie is not human.
2. 2. All birds can fly. Ostriches are birds. Therefore, ostriches can fly.
3. 3. All jobs are easy. Walking is not a job. Hence, walking is not easy.
4. 4. When it rains, it snows. It is snowing. Therefore, it is raining.
5. 5. No dog is a cat. Billy is a cat. Thus, Billy is not a dog.
6. 6. If someone is a medical doctor, they are smart. Dr. Oz is a medical doctor. So, Dr. Oz is smart.
7. 7. Whichever candidate receives the greatest share of the popular vote is elected President of
the United States. Al Gore received more votes than George Bush. Therefore, Al Gore was
elected President of the United States.
MAT144 Week 2 Discussion

dq 1

From the Course Materials, click the link to The World Factbook on the CIA website to find the
current population and growth rate for a country of your choice. Use the population growth
model below to predict the population of the country 1 year from now, 10 years from now, 100
years from now, and 1000 years from now. Are all of these predictions appropriate? Why?

## Use the model P(t) = P0(1+r)twhere

P0= current population
r = the population growth rate
t = time in years from now
P(t) = population t years from now

dq 2

In DQ 1, you predicted the population 10 years from now for the country you chose. Now
calculate another projection of the population for 10 years from now and add 1% to the growth
rate. Did the new 10-year population projection also increase by 1%? What do your findings
signify?

## MAT144 Week 3 Discussion

dq 1

What is percent? Write the formula for percent increase. Write your height in inches. Suppose it
increases by 15%, what would your new height be?
dq 2

Choose two of the following statements and determine whether each makes sense. Support your
reasoning with calculations.

1. 1. I have \$100 and my restaurant bill comes to \$81, which is not enough to leave a 20% tip.
2. 2. I found the percent decrease in a jackets price to be 120%.
3. 3. My weight increased by 2% in January. My new weight decreased by 2% in February, so I am
back at my original weight.
4. 4. My rent increased from 20% to 30% of my monthly income, so the percent increase in my
monthly rent check is 10%.
5. 5. At a clearance sale, the price of a pair of boots is half off the original price. I also have a
coupon for half off the clearance price. If I use this coupon, I can get the pair of boots free.
6. 6. The final price after tax of a stereo is \$110.00. The tax rate was 10%. \$110-\$110*.10 = \$99, so
the price before tax was \$99.
7. 7. I bought a jacket that was first marked down by 20% and then was reduced another 30%.
Therefore, I saved 50% on the jacket!
8. 8. A population of mites increased fourfold in four days. This means the population doubled in
two days.

## MAT144 Week 4 Discussion

dq 1

Use the digits of your birthday as the amount of your initial investment (i.e., 6/25 is \$625),
calculate the value of this investment after 10 years at 3.5% APR for interest compounded
yearly, quarterly, monthly, and daily. What do you notice?

dq 2

Choose two of the following statements and determine whether each makes sense. Support your
reasoning with calculations.

1. 1. Assuming that a 3-year car loan has a lower interest rate than a 5-year loan, people should
always select the 3-year loan.
2. 2. After depositing \$1,500 in an account with an APR of 4%, my balance at the end of the first
year was \$(1,500)*(1.04).
3. 3. I have \$1,000 to invest. One account will pay 5% interest the first year and 10% interest the
second year. Another account will pay 10% interest the first year and 5% interest the second
year. It does not matter which account I choose, because I will end up with the same amount of
money either way.
4. 4. I can put away \$1,000 towards retirement today or \$1,000 ten years from now. Either way I
have invested the same amount so I will end up with the same amount when I retire in 25 years.
5. 5. I like to keep all my money, so I pay only the minimum required payment on my credit card.
6. 6. If I can afford to pay for a car out of pocket, I should still take out a loan and make only the
monthly minimum payments. That way, the money in my savings account will continue to grow.
7. 7. Bank A compounds interest once a month, and has no charge for a checking account. Bank B
compounds interest every day, but there is a \$2/month charge for a checking account. Both
banks yield 1.2% APR. Bank A is always the best deal.
8. 8. If it takes 20 years for a \$100 dollar investment to double in value at a certain bank, then it
should also take 20 years for a \$500 investment to double in value.

## MAT144 Week 4 Mission Project: Part B Peer Review Forum

1. 1. Begin by posting a draft of Mission Project: Part B by the Wednesday, Day 3 of Topic 4 to the
Project Peer Review Forum.
2. 2. Next, review the project of the person who posted his/her response directly below yours in
the Peer Review forum. If your draft is the last posted, review the first draft posted. Then,
complete the Peer Review Worksheet (see attachment).
3. 3. You will then need to post your completed Peer Review Worksheet to TWO places: to the
Mission Project B: Peer Review Forum for your peer to view, as well as to the Mission Project B:
Peer Review assignment box, so the instructor can grade your work by Friday, Day 5 of Topic 4.
4. 4. Attach the file with your completed Peer Review Worksheet to the Project Peer Review
Forum as a reply to the initial post of your peers first draft.
5. 5. Please note that to participate in the peer review process you must post the rough draft of
Mission Project: Part B essay by 11:59 pm (AZ time) Wednesday, Day 3 of Topic 4.

If you do not submit the Rough Draft or Peer Review Worksheet to both places or if you review
the wrong person, you may not receive full credit for this assignment.

## MAT144 Week 5 Discussion

dq 1

Take two distinct die that you can easily distinguish from one another or use an online virtual
dice roller such as https://www.random.org/dice/. Identify one as Die 1 and the other as Die 2.
Using the spreadsheet provided by your instructor, record the results of 20 rolls of the dice. Input
the results of each roll for Die 1 and the sum of Die 1 and Die 2 on the spreadsheet to make a
scatterplot of the results. Do you think that these two variables are strongly or weakly correlated?
Should the correlation be positive or negative? Does the scatter plot agree with your intuition?

dq 2

Suppose you want to determine the typical income of a full time worker in America. Describe
how you would sample the population without creating a bias in your sample and justify your
reasoning.

## MAT144 Week 6 Discussion

dq 1

Roll two dice and add the numbers. Roll the dice 20 times and record your results. Compute the
mean, median, and mode for your data set. Now, replace one of your results with 100. Calculate
the mean, median, and mode for this new data set. How did these change?

dq 2

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the mean height of an American male is
69.3 inches and the mean height of an American female is 63.8 inches. The standard deviation
for both genders is 2.7 inches. Assume height is approximately normal for each gender.
your text. What percent of your gender is shorter than you are? What percent is taller than you?
MAT144 Week 7 Discussion

dq 1

A friend invites you to play a game of chance that costs you \$1 every time to play. You get to
pick one card. You win if you pick the ace of spades. Otherwise, you lose. The amount that you
win will be \$(40 + the day of your birth). Example: If you were born on the fourth of July, you
would win 40+4 = \$44. What is the expected value of the amount you will win from each turn?
Would it be a good idea to play this game only one time? Would it be a good idea to play 1,000
times?

dq 2

vehicle or some random vehicle in your state? Determine how many possible license plates could
be manufactured using the pattern of numbers and letters on this license plate.

## MAT144 Week 1 Assignment

Details:

Refer to MathXL Student Instructions and Online Student Help, located on the Tools for Success
page in the Student Success Center, for information on how to access and use MathXL.

If you are not already familiar with the use of MathXL, spend some time navigating in your
MathXL course and complete the MathXL orientation assignment.
MAT144 Week 2 Assignment

Details:

Imagine that you are planning to conduct a mission trip in 5 years. Refer to the attached resource
MAT-144 Mission Trip: Part A for complete assignment instructions.

Include three or more scholarly resources, including the textbook and The World Factbook.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the GCU Style Guides and
Templates, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a rubric. Review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become
familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. Please refer to the directions in the
Student Success Center.

## MAT-144 Mission Project: Part A

Use the following resource to assist you in completing Part A of your Mission Trip
assignment.

Imagine that you are planning to conduct a mission trip in 5 years. You should select a specific
mission for this project to provide some kind of humanitarian aid to the target population. Many
people choose to include evangelism as a part of their mission, though the main goal must be
humanitarian. The mission goal may include providing education, medical assistance, clean
water, food, or aid.

To keep your mission reasonable, in scale and goal, design your mission to include yourself and
5 10 other participants and to be 2 4 weeks in duration. Because the mission group is small
and the duration is not long, consider goals that can reasonably be accomplished within the
allotted time. Choose a small target population for your mission. For example, if you want to
bring medicine to two small villages in Peru,the villagers are your target population. It is not
reasonable to try to bring medicine to the entire population of Peru with a small group of
missionaries on a month long trip.

Choose three countries from the Country Data Spreadsheet providedin the Course Materials
thatyou would consider going to for your mission trip. Research each country using The World
Factbook found on the Central Intelligence Agency website at.cia.gov/library/publications/the-
world-factbook/>https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/, other resources
such as the U.S. Department of State website
at.state.gov/content/travel/english.html>http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html, and
the GCU Library. Consider economic reasons for choosing these countries, and safety concerns
that may be relevant to these countries and your mission goals. Remember that you would not go
aloneon this trip and you are responsible for the safety of the other participants, in addition to

Write a 400600 word narrative describing your mission and why the three chosen countries are

1) What is the purpose of your mission trip? In general, mission trips fall into three categories
providing aid in the form of supplies, providing education, and providing services such as
medical clinics and building houses.

2) What is the target population? How does it compare with the entire population and what will it
look like in 5 years? This will require use of the population information available from The
World Factbook in conjunction with the information in Chapter 8 and Chapter9 of the text.

You are required to discuss your target population andits projected size in 5 years. This material
is covered on pp. 480 483. Assume that the annual growth rate of the target population is the
same as that of the countrys total population growth rate and that it will remain consistent at the
most recent rate available. Show your work for all calculations using the Equation Editor
inMicrosoft Word.

Example: Suppose you have \$39,815.00invested at 8% APR over 5 years and the interest is
compounded once per year. The formula for the final value of your investment from p. 216of

This is how your math should be formatted. See Part B instructions for other examples.

While this is a fun project, the goal is to assess the mathematics you are learning, so you must
include your calculations, make sure they are correct and clearly written.

3) What are the economic reasons for choosing these countries? Use economic information you
find in The World Factbook and other resources.

4) Why are the countries you chose are good candidates for a mission trip?
5) What are possible safety concerns that might arise in conjunction with your trip? Conduct
additional research as necessary to address this concern. The U.S. State Department website is
one source of information.

6) Include a paragraph in which you decide which one of the three countries to choose to
complete the mission. Apply logical reasoning to make your choice. The logic you use in making
these decisions must be clearly explained.Explain why that country is a more appropriate
candidate than the other two countries.

Include three or more scholarly resources, including the textbook and The World Factbook.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the GCU Style Guides and
Templates, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a rubric. Review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become
familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. Please refer to the directions in the
Student Success Center.

## MAT144 Week 4 Mission Project: Part B Peer Review Assignment

Details:

1. 1. Begin by posting a rough draft of your project by the deadline to the Mission Project: Part B
Peer Review Forum by Wednesday, Day 3 of Topic 4.
2. 2. Next, review the project of the person who posted his/her response directly below yours in
the Peer Review forum. If your draft is the last posted, review the first draft posted. Then,
complete the Peer Review Worksheet (see attachment).
3. 3. You will then need to post your completed Peer Review Worksheet to TWO places: to the
Mission Project: Part B Peer Review Forum for your peer to review, as well as to the Mission
Project: Part B Peer Review assignment box, so the instructor can grade your work by Friday,
Day 5 of Topic 4.
4. 4. Attach the file with your completed Peer Review Worksheet to the Mission Project: Part B
Peer Review Forum as a reply to the initial post of your peers first draft.
5. 5. Please note that to participate in the peer review process you must post the rough draft of
your Mission Project: Part B essay by 11:59 pm (AZ time) on Wednesday, Day 3 of Topic 4.
If you do not submit the Rough Draft or Peer Review Worksheet to both places or if you review
the wrong person, you may not receive full credit for this assignment.

## MAT-144Peer Review Worksheet

For ground students: review two students one time, online:review one student one time.

Part of your responsibility as a student in this course is to provide quality feedback to your peers
that will help them to improve their writing skills. This worksheet will help you practice
providing that feedback.

Authors name:

## Peer reviewers name:

Reviewer

After reading through the draft, write a summary (three to five sentences)of the paper that
includes your assessment of how well the essay meets the assignment requirements as specified
in the syllabus and the rubric.

Summary:

Considereach of the following questions as you review the paper. Please be sure to indicate at
least three positive aspects of the draft and at least three areas for improvement in reply to the
questions at the bottom of this worksheet. Positive answers will give you specific elements of the
draft to praise; negative answers will indicate areas in need of improvement and revision.

## ReviewContent and Ideas

How effectively does the essayidentify the main points that the writer would like to make?
Is the logic the writer used to establish the content written in the paper clear?
Does the writer use examples and concepts from the text to support his or her decision?
How effectively does the essays content support the overall goal of the paper?

Organization

How effectively does the introduction engage the reader while providing an overview of the
paper?
How effectively do the paragraphs develop the topic sentence and advance the essays ideas?
How effectively does the conclusion provide a strong, satisfying ending, not a mere summary of
the essay?
Format

How closely does the paper follow GCU formatting style?Is it double-spaced in 12 pt. Times New
Roman font?Does it have 1 margins? Does it use headers (page numbers using appropriate
header function)?Does it have a proper heading (with students name, date, course, and
instructors name)?
Are all information, quotations, and borrowed ideas cited in parenthetical GCU format?
Are all sources listed on the references page in GCU format?
Is the required minimum number of sources listed?

## Language Use and Style

Are the voice and tone of the essay effective in characterizing ideas and creating the appropriate
mood?If No, please provide examples of ineffective or inappropriate voice and tone.
How effectively does the paper incorporate a variety of sentence structures that strengthen the
ideas, create vitality, and avoid choppiness in the writing?
How would you assess the writers diction (i.e., word choice)? Does the writer use active verbs,
concrete nouns, and precise words?

## Grammar and Mechanics

Does the writer use proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling?If No, please provide
examples of errors in need of correction.
Is the writing clear and comprehensible throughout the draft?If No, please provide examples
in need of improvement.

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## MAT144 Week 4 Mission Project: Part B Assignment

Details:

Continue with the country you selected in Mission Project: Part A. Refer to the resource Mission
Project: Part B for complete assignment instructions.

## Include three or more scholarly resources.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the GCU Style Guides and
Templates, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a rubric. Review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become
familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. Please refer to the directions in the
Student Success Center.

Note: You are required to post a rough draft of your Mission Project: Part B for peer review by
Wednesday, Day 3 of Topic 4. Refer to the Mission Project: Part B Peer Review assignment for
complete instructions on the peer review.

## MAT-144 Mission Project: Part B

Use the following resource to assist you in completing Part B of your Mission Trip assignment.

Adding to the paper you submitted for Part A of your project, develop a financial plan to fund
your proposed mission project to that country. Write an additional 500750-word narrative
describing the country of your choice, the expenses you expect to incur for the trip, and how you
will pay for those expenses. Your paper must include a budget in table format. Use the Budget

## Include the following in your paper:

Provide reasonable estimates for the expenses that will be incurred during your trip and the
sources used to create the estimates. These include at a minimum: transportation, supplies, food,
and lodging.

For any expenses that will be incurred outside the United States, you must provide the amounts
in both U.S. dollars and the local currency. Use the current exchange rate, and be sure to cite and
reference your source according to GCU style.

Calculate several different ways to pay for your trip using the savings and loan information from
Chapter 4 of your textbook, incorporating the following points into your plan.
You already have 10% of the money needed for your trip, which begins in five years. You decide
to invest that money at 4% APR compounded quarterly. Calculate out how much this will grow
to by the start of your trip using the Compound Interest Formula from p. 216 of your textbook.

A(t)=A_0 (1+r/N)^(N?t)

Here A(t) = value of the account after t years, A_0= the initial investment, r= APR (written as a
decimal), N= number of times compounded per year,t= number of year.

A philanthropic company, Missions-R-Us, has agreed to give you \$100 each month from now
until the trip starts. This money will be invested in an account that earns 6% APR compounded
monthly. Figure out how much this will amount to by the start of your trip using the Savings
Plan Formula on p. 228 of your textbook.

A(t)=(PMT?((1+r/N)^(N?t)-1))/((r/N) )

Here PMT= the monthly contributions, r= annual interest rate as a decimal, N= number of times
compounded annually (12 once per month), t= time of the loan in years, A(t)= value of account
after t years.

The remaining balance must be taken out as a loan. If the above will pay for your entire trip, you
must still investigate these loan scenarios. You can consider taking out a \$10,000 emergency
fund at these rates. There are two banks willing to offer you a loan. Bank A will lend you a 5-
year loan at 9% APR compounded monthly with monthly payments. Bank B will lend you a 10-
year loan at 12% APR compounded monthly with monthly payments. Calculate the payment for
each of these loans using Loan Payment Formula on p. 249 of your textbook and discuss the
reasons for choosing one or the other.

PMT=(P?(r/N))/(1-(1+r/N)^(-N?t) )

Here P= the initial loan amount, r= annual interest rate as a decimal, N= number of times
compounded annually, t= time of the loan in years, PMT= your monthly payment

Include all calculations, including the formulas used, formatted with the Equation Editor in
separate attachment.

## Include three or more scholarly resources.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the GCU Style Guides and
Templates, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a rubric. Review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become
familiar with the expectations for successful completion.
You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. Please refer to the directions in the
Student Success Center.

## MAT144 Week 6 Mission Project: Part C Statistical Study Assignment

Details:

Refer to Mission Project: Part C Statistical Study Resource for complete assignment instructions.
Complete Mission Project: Part C Worksheet using the included Part C Data spreadsheet first
and then prepare your written report according to the instructions. Submit both the completed
worksheet and written report to your instructor.

## Include two or more scholarly resources.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the GCU Style Guides and
Templates, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a scoring guide. Review the scoring guide prior to beginning the
assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. Please refer to the directions in the
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## MAT-144 Mission Project: Part C Statistical Study Worksheet

Answer the following based on the data presented in the included Part C Data spreadsheet.
You will use the analysis you complete here to prepare a written report of your findings. Be
sure to submit your written report and completed worksheet to your instructor.

## 1) Record the mean and median of each group of samples.

1. a. Original sample collected by mission team
2. i. Mean
3. ii. Median
4. b. Villager supplied sample
5. i. Mean
6. ii. Median
7. c. Student biologist collected sample
8. i. Mean
9. ii. Median

2) Look at the box plots and histograms for each of the datasets. Record any differences you
notice in the charts. Does it appear from the charts that the villagers have access to cleaner water
after the mission?

3) The mission team wants to do a statistical test to support whether or not the villagers have
access to cleaner water. State the null and alternative hypotheses that can be used to test the data.

4) The results of a statistical test to compare the means of the samples are shown on the
spreadsheet. Determine if there is statistically significant evidence that the means are different at
the ? = 0.05 level.

## MAT-144 Mission Project: Part C Statistical Study

Use the following resource to assist you in completing Part C of your Mission Trip
assignment. You will also use Mission Project: Part C Worksheet and Part C Data

A friend of yours has recently come back from a mission trip. The mission team has collected
some data. They need help analyzing this data and because you have just taken a math class and

The purpose of the mission trip was to bring clean water to a village in Sierra Leone. When the
group arrived they took a sample of water from each of 100 randomly selected households
around the village. One of the trip participants is planning to major in biology, so she was put in
charge of analyzing the number of microbes in each water sample.All of this groups data can is
The group spent the next few weeks digging several wells around the village. The wells each
produced clean water. However, the group was not sure whether the villagers would all use the
wells to get all of their water or if they would continue to use their old water sources too. The
group decided to take another sample of water from another 100 households one month after the
wells were dug. To save time, they asked villagers to bring in samples of their water from home.
They accepted the first 100 samples.

The groups aspiring biologist who analyzed the data was worried about the integrity of the
water samples that the villagers brought in themselves. At the last minute, she decided to collect
some samples herself. She only had time to collect 20 samples from random households.

Analyze the data and record the results on the worksheet provided. You will use the results to
write the report of your analysis of the data:

Once you complete your statistical calculations, prepare a report of your findings. Write a 750-
1,000-word report of your analysis of the data for the mission team.Include the following in your
report:

1) Report why you think that either the mean or the median is a better measure of central
tendency in this case.Is the best measure of central tendency the same for all three samples?

2) Discuss the differences that you noticed between the samples when you reviewed the box plot
and histograms.

## 3) Identify the null and alternative hypotheses.

4) Discuss the results of the statistical test. Be sure to include discussion of the statistical
significance.

5) Consider the eight guidelines for a evaluating a statistical study found in section 5B of the
textbook. Focus on the following guidelines in your analysis.

## 1. a. Guideline 1-Identify the Goal, Population, and Type of Study

2. b. Guideline 3-Look for Bias in the Sample
3. c. Guideline 4-Look for Problems in Defining or Measuring the Variable of Interest
4. d. Guideline 7-Check that the Results are Presented Fairly (Do the graphics appear to accurately
represent the results?)

## Include two or more scholarly resources.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the GCU Style Guides and
Templates, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a scoring guide. Review the scoring guide prior to beginning the
assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.
You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. Please refer to the directions in the
Student Success Center.