Math & Its Apps is a glorified course in excel. Information on introductory statistics and other functions are taught in class but in general, they only relatively related to the homework. While the textbook is outdated, the material does relate to the world and current events. One of our first projects was calculating the melting rate of ice in the north.
I joined the class a week late and never purchased the textbook. However, all of the assignments come from the book so unless you have a good friend with whom to do all of the work it is definitely worth buying. Bob Putz doesn’t reply to emails, but he does get them. The textbook for the course is generally unclear and overly complicated, and “translating” the assignments can be the hardest part. Tutors in Think Tank can usually help, but if they can’t they can email the professor and (at least with Bob Putz) the professor will go over it in class. I found that having good classmates who made class-time fun and engaging made the course much better than it would’ve been without them. I didn’t necessarily enjoy the course, but if you’re looking for a class that fulfills the math requirement with minimal ‘real math,’ this course is perfect.
As long as you do your best and follow the instructions you will succeed in this course. If all else fails, asking Bob for help usually goes a long way. There are no tests in the course, so it all comes down to homework and projects, with a large percentage held in the final project. The end all be all is that to succeed in this course you need to make sure you’re doing the assignments.
The projects suck. They are a pain and make your life difficult, BUT, the hardest part is figuring out what you’re supposed to do then entering the data into a spreadsheet. Making friends in class is super helpful because oftentimes one person will be able to figure out what the project is asking for which saves you a lot of time.