Instructor: Patricia K. Stein
Course Title: Finite / Modeling for Decision Making 110
Course Area: Mathematics
Credit Hours: 3 Contact Hours: 3
Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of three high school credits in math and the Math A exam.
This is an introductory course in using mathematics as a basis for making logical decisions. The course will include the algebra of linear equations and inequalities and the solution of linear equations needed to solve linear programming problems geometrically. Other topics include set theory, matrices, basic statistics and the analysis of graphs.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Understand the connection between operations on sets and logical operations
2. Be able to analyze a graph
3. Perform algebraic manipulations on linear equations and inequalities
4. Solve a system of equations
5. Graph linear equations
6. Graph a system of linear inequities to determine a feasible set
7. Solve a linear programming problem geometrically and analyze the solution
8. Perform matrix operations and use matrices to analyze models from economics and other
9. Use some basic ideas from statistics to analyze data
10. Use a spreadsheet program as a tool to study statistics and matrices
Students may be evaluated on a combination of class participation, hour exams, quizzes, homework, projects and final exam.
1. Tan 8; Finite Mathematics, For the Managerial, Life, and Social Sciences
2. Excel Program
3. TI 83+ Graphing Calculator
I. Sets, operations on sets, Venn diagrams and using Venn diagrams for counting
II. Analysis of graphs from different sources, such as graphs generated from actual data or
from newspapers and magazines
III. The coordinate system and graphs of lines
IV. Algebra of linear equations and inequalities
V. Solve systems of linear equations
VI. Graph feasible sets
VII. Solve linear programming problems
VIII. Operations on matrices and applications
The quarter grade for this course will be from four pieces of data.
Test Average = 40%
Quiz Average = 25%
Projects/Class Work = 25%
Teacher Evaluation = 10%
Tests are usually on full chapters and are announced, scored out of 100%.
Make ups will not exceed 1 per semester.
Teacher evaluation is scored out of 100% and is based on your class average and class participation.
This may include but is not limited to such things as:
Seeking help when having difficulty
Respect for others
Availability of materials
Compliance with school rules.
The Final Grade is the average of the 5 scores, 2 quarter scores doubled and the Final Exam counts once.
Most colleges will require a C(70) or better to transfer credits.