James Jones, Professor of Mathematics
Richland Community College
Section 01 meets from 10:00 am to 11:50 am on Mon, Tue, Wed, and Thu in room S137.
James Jones, Professor of Mathematics.
Phone: 8757211, ext 490
Office: C223
Email: james@richland.edu
Web: http://people.richland.edu/james/
Office hours are not required for summer courses but I am available for students
between 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm on class days.
Finite Mathematics for Business, Economics, Life Sciences, and Social Sciences, 9th edition. Raymond A. Barnett, Michael R. Ziegler, Karl E. Byleen. Copyright 2002, PrenticeHall Inc.
Most students taking Finite Mathematics are business or accounting majors and are planning on taking introductory statistics. Most will transfer to another school.
The prerequisite is successful completion of Math 116, College Algebra, equivalent competencies, or the consent of the Dean of Mathematics and Sciences division.
MATH 160  Finite Mathematics
Hours: 4 lecture  0 lab  4 credit
Mathematics 160, Finite Mathematics, is an introductory level course covering mathematical ideas needed by students of business management, social science, or biology. The topics include sets and counting, functions, introduction to probability and statistics, interest and annuities, matrix theory, linear systems, and linear programming.
Applicable toward graduation where program structure permits:
The mathematics component of general education focuses on quantitative reasoning to provide a base for developing a quantitatively literate college graduate. Every college graduate should be able to apply simple mathematical methods to the solution of realworld problems. A quantitatively literate college graduate should be able to:
Courses accepted in fulfilling the general education mathematics requirement emphasize the development of the student's capability to do mathematical reasoning and problem solving in settings the college graduate may encounter in the future. General education mathematics courses should not lead simply to an appreciation of the place of mathematics in society, nor should they be merely mechanical or computational in character.
To accomplish this purpose, students should have at least one course at the lowerdivision level that emphasizes the foundations of quantitative literacy and, preferably, a second course that solidifies and deepens this foundation to enable the student to internalize these habits of thought.
Math 160, Finite Mathematics, satisfies the Illinois Articulation Initiative Definition of a General Education Mathematics Course. It corresponds to M1 906, Finite Mathematics.
While learning Finite Mathematics is certainly one of the goals of this course, it is not the only objective. Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to ...
A detailed topical outline of the content covered in this course is at the end of this syllabus.
Lecture, discussion, problem solving, and group work will be used. Students should come to class with a prepared list of questions.
Could include any of the following: problem solving exams, objective exams, essays, written papers, oral presentations, group projects, quizzes, and homework.
Letter grades will be assigned to final adjusted scores as follows:
Consideration will be given to such qualities as attendance, class participation, attentiveness, attitude in class, and cooperation to produce the maximum learning situation for everyone.
The instructor will give you a grade sheet so that you can record your scores and keep track of your progress in the course. If you are concerned about your grades, see the instructor.
Regular attendance is essential for satisfactory completion of this course. If you have excessive absences, you cannot develop to your fullest potential in the course. Students who, because of excessive absences, cannot complete the course successfully, will be administratively dropped from the class at midterm. If a student stops attending after midterm, it is the student's responsibility to withdraw to avoid an "F". The instructor has the ability to drop students who are not regularly attending at any time during the semester. The safest way to make sure you're not dropped for nonattendance is to continue to attend classes.
The student is responsible for all assignments, changes in assignments, or other verbal information given in the class, whether in attendance or not.
If a student must miss class, a call to the instructor (RCC's phone system has an answering system) is to be made, or an email message sent. When a test is going to be missed, the student should contact the instructor ahead of time if at all possible. Under certain circumstances, arrangements can be made to take the test before the scheduled time. If circumstances arise where arrangements cannot be made ahead of time, the instructor should be notified and a brief explanation of why given by either voice or email. This notification must occur before the next class period begins. At the instructor's discretion, the score on the final exam may be substituted for the missed exam.
The TI82 or TI83 graphing calculator will be incorporated into the course heavily. Use of this calculator will allow the student to concentrate on the concepts being taught instead of the mechanical steps to solving the problems. It will allow the student to solve more problems in less time, and more difficult problems which would be too time consuming by hand. Calculators may be used to do homework. Calculators may be used on exams and/or quizzes in class unless otherwise announced.
The student should have a red pen, ruler, graph paper, stapler, and paper punch. The student is expected to bring calculators and supplies as needed to class. The calculator should be brought daily. There will be a paper punch and stapler in the classroom.
Office hours will be announced. The student is encouraged to seek additional help when the material is not comprehended. Mathematics is a cumulative subject; therefore, getting behind is a very difficult situation for the student.
If your class(es) leave you puzzled, the Student Learning Center, in room S116, is a service that Richland Community College offers you. It is available free of charge to all RCC students. However, at this level of course work, you will find that the best resources are the other people in the class and the instructor. It is strongly recommended that you form a study group.
Be sure to get help before it is too late.
Homework is crucial to your success in this course. There is a correlation between doing your homework and success in the course. Not only does the homework count towards your grade, but it also prepares you for the tests. Studies show that the average student will need to spend two hours outside of class for each hour in class. The very fact that you're in Calculus III shows that you're exceptional students, but still plan on allowing time outside of class for doing homework. Do not expect to master the subject without doing homework.
Hours  Topic 

7  Finance

11  Systems of Linear Equations and Matrices

12  Linear Programming

10  Probability

6  Data Descriptions and Probability Distributions

6  Twoplayer, Zerosum Games

6  Markov Chains
