Math 160 Syllabus

Finite Mathematics

Instructor: James Jones
Office: C223
Phone: 875-7211, ext 490
Summer Semester, 1996
Section 01: 10:00-11:50 am, MTWR, S137


Finite Mathematics for Business, Economics, Life Sciences, and Social Sciences. Sixth edition. Raymond A. Barnett, Michael R. Ziegler. Copyright 1993, Macmillan Publishing Company.

Student Audience:

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, equivalent competencies, or the consent of the Dean of the Industrial Technology and Mathematics Division.

Course Description:

Mathematics 160, Finite Mathematics, includes instruction in mathematics topics common to the standard college Finite Mathematics course. General objectives in the course are to increase the student's mastery of the deductive nature of reasoning, to understand the nature of critical thinking, to increase the student's ability in problem solving, and to increase the student's ability to work with others towards a common goal.

Course Objectives:

Upon successful completion, the student will demonstrate proficiency and understanding in the following topics: Matrices and matrix algebra; solving systems of equations using matrix methods; linear programming; Simplex method; applications of matrices; logic and Boolean algebra; counting and probability theory; stochastic processes; game theory; Markov chains; mathematics of finance.

Attendance Policy:

By its very nature, mathematics is a cumulative subject. For this reason it is imperative that you attend all class sessions. If, for some reason, you are unable to attend a session, it is your responsibility to keep up with the lecture and assigned work. If one exam is missed, that score will be replaced by the average on the final exam. If more than one exam is missed, they will be counted as a zero.

Grading Policy:

Grades will be assigned on the basis of performance, attendance, and attitude. Performance will be measured by exams, quizzes, homework, and application projects. The grading scale is as follows: 90 - 100% A; 80 - 89% B; 70 - 79% C; 60 - 69% D; 0 - 60% F. Any student who stops attending without dropping will either be dropped administratively or receive a grade of "F".

Application projects are worth 25 points and exams are worth 100 points. There may be take-home and in-class quizzes worth 10 - 20 points each. The application projects will involve taking classroom learning and applying it to real-world situations. You should keep a notebook that contains every problem worked in class as well as any comments that are appropriate. In general, it should contain everything written on the chalkboard. Be sure to bring your notebook if you come to the instructor or a tutor for help.

Type of Instruction:

Lecture, discussion, problem solving, and group work will be used. Students should come to class with a prepared list of questions.


The TI-82 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.


Help is available from the instructor during office hours or by appointment. Walk-ins are welcome whenever I am in my office. Many of the class activities will be group, use the other members of your group as a resource. There is help available through the Study Assistance Center (W142). If you need help, please get it as soon as possible, rather than waiting until it is too late.

Last updated: Thursday, June 6, 1996 at 2:04 pm
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