James M. Broda, II

Assistant Director of Quantitative Reasoning and Lecturer in Quantitative Reasoning and Mathematics

Teaching this semester

MATH 1040. Educated Guessing

A writing-intensive course that explores the many ways in which randomness affects everyday life. Introduces historical and computational aspects of mathematical logic, probability, and statistics. Addresses decision-making strategies as well as sources of flawed reasoning, including cognitive biases and logical fallacies. Topics include: games of chance, weather phenomena, financial markets, legal proceedings, and medical diagnostics. Students engage in all facets of the writing process: from invention, library research, drafting, and revision to final editing.

MATH 1050. Quantitative Reasoning, A

Explores the ways and means by which we communicate with numbers; the everyday math we encounter on a regular basis. The fundamental quantitative skill set is covered in depth providing a firm foundation for further coursework in mathematics and the sciences. Topics include ratios, rates, percentages, units, descriptive statistics, linear and exponential modeling, correlation, logic, and probability. A project-based course using Microsoft Excel, emphasizing conceptual understanding and application. Reading of current newspaper articles and exercises involving personal finance are incorporated to place the mathematics in real-world context.

Education

  • B.A., Philosophy, University of Oklahoma
  • Ph.D., Mathematics, University of Oklahoma

Research Interests

Modelling of carbon content of ecosystems, population dynamics, catastrophes, stochastic processes, and dynamical systems.