Math 11 Finite Math
This course covers a variety of mathematical topics: algebra; systems of equations
using matrices; linear programming–an application of matrices; math of finance (loans,
etc.–one of my favorite topics, and one for which you will have great need should
you ever buy a car or a house!); counting and probability –because of these sections,
it is recommended you take this class prior to taking Math 10-Elementary Statistics.
Student Learning Outcomes (the math from this course you should be able to do at the end of the course)
• Identify, evaluate, and utilize appropriate linear and probability optimization models and communicate results.
•Compare, evaluate, judge, make informed decisions, and communicate results about
various financial opportunities by applying the mathematical concepts and principles
of the time-value of money.
You are expected to have good solid algebraic skills, and have or develop appropriate
skills with your calculator as we proceed through the course. (Personal comment: I
find the TI–86 (or the older 85) better than the TI–83 (or 84) -for this course- because
one can program an equation into the 86 -with a feature known as "2nd SOLVER"- to
solve for any of the variables of the equation. I am not sure this can easily be done
with the TI-83/84.)
Don't look for short-cuts in your learning of math; learn how to read a math text by working the examples as you read through each section. Do not just jump to the homework problems. Be patient and persistent; be willing to spend the time it takes for you to learn the material.
Make sure you also read the General Information.
The class syllabus is a document listing the general operating procedures and 'regs',
as well as the testing schedule, assignments, and grading information.
It is your responsibility to read these documents carefully, so that you fully understand how the course will be run. If you are unclear about anything, please do not hesitate to ask me.
SPECIAL NOTE FOR SUMMER SESSION: The workload is doubled each class day; thus anticipate that we cover TWO or more sections per day, and therefore anticipate spending 5 to 6 or more hours per day, and also at least half that time per day on each non-class day. (Yes, even the weekend is valuable class study time; forget the beach!) You should take just this ONE class.
Additional Note: If you are a business major and are anticipating taking Math 12 (Calculus for Business Majors), it is my considered opinion that you should take Math 41-PreCalculus Algebra as the prerequisite for M12.
To download the syllabus for this course, click on the link
Math 11 Syllabus You can either print it or save it to your desktop.