# Syllabus for Finite Mathematics

# Syllabus for Finite Mathematic

**office hours:
by appointment only
**I will be available in the classroom immediately after class. If you

need more time, please call me at my office and schedule an

appointment.

**Course
**This course is designed primarily for students in business,

**Content:
**economics, management, and the social sciences and life sciences. MA

103 builds on the algebraic skills of MA 100 while emphasizing

applications, modeling, and decision-making from business, social and

natural sciences, medicine, and other areas. It is a prerequisite for MA

171 and can be used as a Liberal Studies elective under Division III

Natural Sciences/Mathematics.

**Text:
**Finite Mathematics, Sixth Edition, Lial, Greenwell, Miller (Addison-

Wesley, 1998)

If you do not have a Thinkpad laptop computer, a graphing
calculator

is needed for this class. I suggest getting a Texas Instruments TI-83.

If you have a laptop, go over to Learning Resource Center in the

basement of the Student Center and ask the attendant to install TI

Interactive.

**Prerequisites:
**MA 100 with a grade of “C” or better, or satisfactory score on the

Mathematics Placement Exam. Note that we will not be doing a lot of

review in this class. If you have not met the prerequisites, or if you

have not taken any math class for several years, please see me before

the end of the drop/ add period .

**Grading:
**Grades will be weighted according to the following:

Chapter Tests 50%

Quizzes 20%

Final Exam 30%

The final grade will be a weighted average of the above
corresponding

to the following scale:

A 90 - 100

B 80 - 89.99

C 70 - 79.99

D 60 - 69.99

F less than 60

There will be no other grades given. Incompletes will be
pursuant to

University policy.

Unless announced otherwise, all tests and quizzes are
closed book and

closed notes. Calculators may be used and tables will be provided, if

needed.

Quizzes will be given once or twice a week, unannounced,
and cannot

be made up under any circumstances. If you miss only one or two

quizzes, it will not significantly affect your grade. However, missing

most of them will. In most cases, a quiz will consist of one or two

homework problems and you are encouraged to work in groups of two

or three .

**Chapter:
**There will be at least four tests, usually at the end of each

**Tests:
**chapter. Tests will be announced at least one week in advance and you

will have one hour to complete it. The actual test dates will depend on

how fast the class is going. The Final Exam will be two hours long

and will cover the entire course. You must take the final exam to pass

the course.

Tests can be made up only for a good reason and you must
provide

documented proof (i.e. note from doctor, subpoena, funeral

announcement, etc.) before you can take a makeup. If possible, please

notify me before the test if you are not going to be there. Except for

university related functions, I will solely determine whether or not the

reason that you have for missing a test is valid.

All makeup tests will be taken in the Mathematics Dept.
office on the

first floor of West Hall. No tests will be returned until all makeups

have been completed.

**Homework:
**Homework assignments will be given, but not graded. If you want me

to go over a particular homework problem, email me the page and

problem number and I will go over it the next class. I will not go over

any homework problem unless you email it to me first!

As a general rule , you should spend two hours on homework
for every

hour that you are in class. (This applies for all courses that you take in

college) Since this is a 4 credit hour course, You should spend at least

8 hours per week on reading and homework assignments. If you have

had an especially hard time with mathematics in the past, plan on

spending at least 12 hours per week for this course. I recommend that

you set scheduled times for this course (as well as your other courses)

and stick to this schedule. Plan your schedule now so that you do not

get bogged down later in the semester.

**Attendance:
**Other than the quiz grades, I will not be taking attendance for this

course. However, since you are making such an investment in this

course, it is to your advantage to put your best effort into learning the

material that is presented by attending class regularly and keeping up

on the homework. If you are not able to attend class due to work

commitments, child care, or some other reason, let me know and we

can work out some reasonable arrangement.

**Academic Honesty:
**You must do all of your own work. If you cheat, you will not

learn the material, and if you get away with passing this course by

cheating, you will have a very difficult and frustrating time in your

later courses. Also, you will be constantly looking over your shoulder

worried about getting caught, and that, in itself is not worth it. If you

do get caught cheating on a test or other assignment, you will get an

automatic F for this course, and you could be subject to other

sanctions. The bottom line is , if you cheat, you are really cheating

yourself out of time, money, and, possibly, your future career.

**Disabilities: **If you have a need for
disability-related accommodations or services,

please inform the Coordinator of Disability Services in the Disability

Services Office at 1104 University Center (227-1737). Reasonable

and effective accommodations and services will be provided to

students if requests are made in a timely manner, with appropriate

documentation, in accordance with federal, state, and University

guidelines.

**Course Outline**

We will follow this outline. The numbers correspond to the chapters in the text.

1. Review of Algebra

a. Polynomials and rational expressions

b. Solving equations and inequalities

c. Exponents and radicals

2. Linear Functions

a. Equations of lines

b. Functional notation and definitions

c. Linear functions and models

d. Math models and curve fitting

3. Matrices

a. Definitions and applications for matrices

b. Solving systems of equations using matrices

c. Operations with matrices and finding inverses

d. Modeling and solving problems using matrices

4. Linear Programming

a. Graphing linear inequalities

b. Solving linear programming problems graphically

c. Modeling and solving linear programming applications

5. Finance

a. Simple and compound interest

b. Geometric sequences and annuities

c. Loans and amortization

d. Present value of future money

6. Probability

a. Notation, Venn diagrams, counting techniques

b. Probability of simple and compound events

c. Conditional probability

d. Bernoulli trials

e. Probability distributions of random variables ;

means ( or expected values )

7. Introductory Statistics

a. Graphical representations of data-sets, frequency tables

b. Numerical summaries of data -sets

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