Applied Business Mathematics


Successful completion of MATH 101 (with a grade of C- or higher) or by placement. Students who do not
have the necessary prerequisite will not be allowed to stay in the course.


Elements of calculus and finite mathematics with emphasis on applications to problems arising in business.
Topics include polynomial and rational functions , modeling, limits, continuity, derivatives, maxima and
minima of functions, matrices, systems of linear equations , linear inequalities, and linear programming.
Exponential and logarithmic functions will be studied if time permits. No credit given for students with credit
for MATH 124, 125, 135 or 152.


The quickest way to reach me is by e-mail … but be sure to put MATH 123 in the subject line.

My office hours for the Fall 2009 semester are:

Monday 11:30am – 2:00pm
Tuesday 10:30am – 11:00am, and 3:45pm – 4:15pm
Thursday 12:30pm – 2:00pm

And by appointment


Business Mathematics, Custom published by Pearson Custom Publishing (ISBN 0-536-74420-3)


Grades will be based on the following:

Three Hour Exams 45%
In-class/Take Home Quizzes 30%
Final Exam (cumulative) 25%

In order to be fair to all students, no extra-credit work will be accepted at any time. As a general rule there
will be no make-ups allowed for missed or late work.
There are no exceptions to this policy, so please do
not ask. However, if you know ahead of time that you are going to be out on the day when an exam is
scheduled (not applicable to in-class quizzes), you can speak to me about arranging a time to take an exam in
advance. Take home quizzes also can not be handed in late.

There will be three cumulative hour exams throughout the semester. If your grade on the final exam is greater
than any single hour-exam grade, the hour-exam grade will be replaced by the grade you received on the final.
If you miss an exam you will receive the grade of 0 for that exam, and the grade you receive on the final exam
will be averaged in for the missed exam in determining your final grade. Cell phones, PDA’s, laptops, or any
other electronic devices (with the exception of graphing calculators ) are not to be turned on during class or
used during exams or quizzes unless otherwise permitted.

Quizzes will be given at random and will be based on the problems in the text or topics covered in class.
Quizzes given in class can not be taken early. No missed or late quizzes can be made-up. In order to account
for the occasional absence, I will drop the two lowest quiz grades.

Since there are two dropped quizzes and your lowest exam grade is replaced by the grade you receive on the
final exam (provided it is higher), no excuses of any kind will be accepted. If you have so much going on in
your life where you are excessively absent and thus can not keep up with the work on schedule, you may need
to consider whether you should drop the course and take it at a time when you have less going on.

Please contact me privately to discuss your specific needs if you believe you need course accommodations
based on the impact of a disability, medical condition, or if you have emergency medical information to
share. I will need a copy of the accommodation letter from Student Disability Services in order to arrange
your class accommodations. Contact Student Disability Services, room 241, Copernicus Hall if you are not
already registered with them. Student Disability Services maintains the confidential documentation of your
disability and assists you in coordinating reasonable accommodations with your faculty.


It is expected that all class participants will act appropriately at all times. I expect that all members of the
course will work together to create a productive learning environment which includes giving others a chance
to speak and respecting the rights and opinions of others. Excessive chatting and interruptions during class is
a distraction to others who are trying to learn.


Cell phones, laptops, or any other personal electronic device are not to be used during class, examinations, or
quizzes unless special accommodations are necessary.


You must take the final examination at the time specified in the course selection book.
  If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, if you have emergency medical
information to share with me, or you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated,
please make an appointment with me as soon as possible. My telephone number and office hours are
given above.
In the event of a weather emergency which requires curtailment or cancellation of classes, listen to WTIC
(10800 AM) or call (860)832-3333 for the “general snow message”.
The last day to drop a course with the grade of “W” is Monday, October 26th. From September 16th
through October 26th, students may withdraw from the course by completing a withdrawal form, available
in the Enrollment Center, in Willard Hall. During this period approvals for withdrawal are not required;
however, it is strongly recommended that students consult with their academic advisors prior to deciding
to withdraw. Cessation of attendance, notice to the instructor, or telephone calls to the Enrollment Center,
are not considered official notice of a student’s intention to drop the course. After October 26th,
withdrawals are allowed only under extenuating circumstances and require approval of the course
instructor, department chair, and the dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.


At Central Connecticut State University we value personal integrity as fundamental to our interactions with
each other. We believe that one of the purposes of a University education is for students learn to think
critically, to develop evaluative skills, and to express their own opinions and voices. We place special weight
on academic honesty in all of our intellectual pursuits because it is a value that is fundamental to academic
life and scholarly practice. All members of the University community are obligated to uphold high standards
of academic honesty in their scholarship and learning. Therefore, we expect students to take personal
responsibility for their intellectual work and to respect and acknowledge the ideas of others. Academic
honesty means doing one's own work and giving proper credit to others whose work and thought one may
draw upon. It is the responsibility of each student to become familiar with what constitutes academic
dishonesty and plagiarism and to avoid all forms of cheating and plagiarism.

The CSU code of conduct, Guidelines for Student Rights and Responsibilities and Judicial Procedures,
defines academic misconduct as including, but "…not limited to providing or receiving assistance in a
manner not authorized by the instructor in the creation of work to be submitted for academic evaluation
including papers, projects and examinations (cheating); and presenting, as one's own, the ideas or words of
another person or persons for academic evaluation without proper acknowledgement (plagiarism)."

Cheating may take many forms. It includes, but is not limited to, the following actions, unless explicitly
authorized by the instructor:


Chapter 1 Linear Models and Systems of Linear Equations

1.1 Problem Solving: Linear Equations
1.2 Introduction to Linear Functions
1.3 Linear Models
1.4 Solving Systems of Linear Equations Graphically
1.5 Solving Systems of Linear Equations Algebraically

Chapter 2 Systems of Linear Equations and Matrices

2.1 Matrices and Gauss-Jordan
2.2 Matrices and Operations
2.3 Matrix Multiplication
2.4 Matrix Inverses and Solving Systems of Linear Equations


Chapter 3 Linear Programming: The Graphical Method

3.1 Problem Solving: Linear Inequalities
3.2 Graphing Systems of Linear Inequalities
3.3 Solving Linear Programming Problems Graphically
3.4 Applications of Linear Programming

Chapter 11 Functions, Models, and Average Rate of Change

11.1 The Coordinate System and Functions
11.2 Introduction to Problem Solving
11.3 Linear Functions and Average Rate of Change
11.4 Quadratic Functions and Average Rate of Change on an Interval
11.5 Operations on Functions
11.6 Rational, Radical, and Power Functions
11.7 Exponential Functions
11.8 Logarithmic Functions
11.9 Modeling Data with Functions


Chapter 12 Limits, Instantaneous Rate of Change, and the Derivative

12.1 Limits
12.2 Limits and Asymptotes
12.3 Problem Solving: Rates of Change
12.4 The Derivative
12.5 Derivatives of Constants, Powers, and Sums
12.6 Derivatives of Products and Quotients
12.7 Continuity and Nondifferentiability

Chapter 13 Applications of the Derivative

13.1 The Differential and Linear Approximations
13.2 Marginal Analysis
13.3 Measuring Rates and Errors


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