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Assessing the General Education Mathematics
Courses at a Liberal Arts College for Women

Appendix C

Post-Course Assessment for Mathematics for the Liberal Arts

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1.  A jar contains 17 red, 22 green, and 7 blue marbles.  One marble is drawn at random from the jar.  What is the probability that the marble is red or green?

(a)  1                (b)   39             (c)   46             (d)   22             (e)  39
39                      46                    39                    17

2.  The ratio of copper to zinc in a certain alloy is 5 to 4.  If 60 grams of copper are used, how many grams of zinc are needed to make this alloy?

(a)  300            (b)  75              (c)  48              (d)  20              (e)  15

3.  The decimal representation of  7  is
56

(a)  0.08           (b)  0.125         (c) 1.25            (d)  7.56           (e) 8

4.      The number of students of each age in a certain school is given by the following table:

 Age Number of students 17 18 19 20 Total 450 1950 880 720 ____ 4000

What percent of the students are 18 or younger?

(a)  60%       (b)  49%       (c)  40%        (d)  25%       (e) 11%

5.   A car travels at the rate of 40 miles per hour and averages 25 miles per gallon of gasoline.  Of the following, which best approximates the number of gallons of gasoline that will be used in a 4 hour journey traveling at that speed?

(a)  1 gal.       (b)  2 gal.      (c)  6 gal.       (d)  8 gal.      (e)  10 gal.

6.  Of the following, which is largest?

(a)   7               (b)  0.591         (c)   3               (d)  0.45           (e)  0.7
13                                             7

7.  If n x n x n  = 60, of the following, which best approximates n?

(a) 216,000      (b) 180             (c) 20               (d) 4.7              (e) 3.9

8.  The prices of four different size boxes of detergent are listed in the table below.  Which size box of detergent is least expensive per ounce?

 Size Price 11 ounces 20 ounces 50 ounces 60 ounces \$0.66 \$1.20 \$2.50 \$5.40

(a) 11 ounce box       (b) 20 ounce box       (c) 50 ounce box   (d) 60 ounce box   (e) There is no difference in cost per ounce

9.  If 9 is subtracted from 7.3 then the result is

(a) -6.4                        (b) -1.7                        (c)  1.7             (d) 2.3              (e)  6.4

10.  Eggs are to be packed in cartons, each holding 12 eggs.  If there are 115 eggs, and as many cartons are filled as possible, how many eggs are left over?

(a)  5                (b)  7                (c)  9.583         (d) 9.6              (e) 1380