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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "MA 100-1"
COURSE NAME: "Finite Mathematics"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2019
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Alice Fabbri
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: MW 6:00-7:15 PM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES:
OFFICE HOURS: MW 7:30PM-8:30PM by appointment

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course develops the quantitative skills which a liberal-arts educated student should acquire. It is intended to give the student an appreciation for the use of mathematics as a tool in business and science, as well as developing problem solving and critical thinking abilities. The course introduces the student to important topics of applied linear mathematics and probability. Topics include sets, counting, probability, the mathematics of finance, linear equations and applications, linear inequalities, an introduction to matrices and basic linear programming.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:
This course is a traditional finite mathematics course. It addresses the quantitative skills which a liberal-arts educated student should acquire. The student learns about some of the important applications of mathematics. This course is designed for students who have had two years of high school algebra or the equivalent.
LEARNING OUTCOMES:
The student will acquire basic skills in financial mathematics, matrices, and graphing of linear equations/inequalities. The course may be viewed as either preparation for more advanced mathematics (and finance) courses, or as the necessary exposure to mathematics required in a traditional liberal-arts education curriculum.
TEXTBOOK:
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
Finite MathematicsWaner & CostenobleCengage978-1285056272  
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
Test IGiven on Week 420%
Test IIGiven on Week 820%
Test IIIGiven on Week 1220%
Final exam (comprehensive) 40%

-ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:
AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. The student demonstrates complete, accurate, and critical knowledge of all the topics, and is able to solve problems autonomously.
BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised. There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluate theory and concepts and relate them to practice. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence that the student uses clear logic in his/her arguments.
CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures. Mathematical statements are properly written most of the time.
DThis level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material. Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included. Many mistakes are made in solving the problem raised. In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail.
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the subject-matter. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant.

-ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Full credit for attendance will be given to students with three or fewer unexcused absences. Four or more absences will result in a proportional reduction of the grade. Coming late to class or leaving early will be possible only with permission of the instructor.

Major exams cannot be made up without the permission of the Dean’s Office. The Dean’s Office will grant such permission only when the absence was caused by a serious impediment, such as a documented illness, hospitalization or death in the immediate family (in which you must attend the funeral) or other situations of similar gravity. Absences due to other meaningful conflicts, such as job interviews, family celebrations, travel difficulties, student misunderstandings or personal convenience, will not be excused. Students who will be absent from a major exam must notify the Dean’s Office prior to that exam. Absences from class due to the observance of a religious holiday will normally be excused. Individual students who will have to miss class to observe a religious holiday should notify the instructor by the end of the Add/Drop period to make prior arrangements for making up any work that will be missed.
ACADEMIC HONESTY
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
STUDENTS WITH LEARNING OR OTHER DISABILITIES
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.

SCHEDULE

SessionSession FocusReading AssignmentOther AssignmentMeeting Place/Exam Dates
Weeks 1 to 2ALGEBRA REVIEW Real Numbers, Exponents and Radicals, Multiplying and Factoring Algebraic Equations, Rational Expressions, Solving Polynomial EquationsChapter 0 (5th and 6th edition)  
Weeks 3 to 5FUNCTIONS and LINEAR MODELS Functions from the Numerical and Algebraic Viewpoints, Functions from the Graphical Viewpoint, Linear FunctionsChapter 1 and 2 (5th ed.) Chapter 1.1 to 1.3 (6th ed.)  
Weeks 6 to 8SYSTEMS of LINEAR Equations and MATRICES Systems of Two Linear Equations in Two Unknowns, Using Matrices to Solve Systems of Equations, Applications of Systems of Linear Equation, Graphing Linear InequalitiesChapters 2 and 4 (5th ed.) Chapter 3.1, 3.2 and 5.1 (6th ed.)  
Weeks 9 to 12MATHEMATICS of FINANCE Simple Interest, Compound Interest, Annuities, LoansChapter 5 (5th ed.) Chapter 2 (6th ed.)  
Weeks 13 to 14Introduction to Linear ProgrammingChapter 4.1 to 4.2 (5th ed.) Chapter 5.1 to 5.2 (6th ed.)