Course Description: Elements of calculus and finite mathematics with
emphasis on applications to problems arising in business. Topics include
polynomial andrational functions , modeling, limits, continuity, derivatives,
maxima and minima of functions, matrices, systems of linear equations , linear
inequalities, and linear programming. Exponential and logarithmic functions will
be studied if time permits. No credit given for students with credit for MATH
124, 125, 135 or 152 (formerly MATH 122).
Course Requirements: Attend and participate in class regularly;
complete homework assignments; take quizzes and tests, as scheduled. A general
rule for any college course is that you are expected to put in at least 2 hours
of work outside of class for every hour in class.
Calculator Use: The recommended calculator for this course is the
TI-83+. Similar calculators such as the TI-83, TI-84, TI-84+ and TI-86 are also
acceptable and may be used for examinations. Calculators with a symbolic
capability such as the TI-89 and TI-92 are not al lowed on examinations . If you
are wondering whether your calculator is acceptable, please ask the instructor.
Cell phones and other communication devices: Must be turned off at
all times during class.
1. You must take the final examination at the time specified in the course
selection book: Thursday, May 21, 2pm-4pm.
2. If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability,
if you have emergency medical information to share with me, or if you need
special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an
appointment with me as soon as possible. My telephone numbers and office hours
are given above.
I will need a copy of the accommodation letter from Student Disability
Services in order to arrange your class accommodations. Contact Student
Disability Services, room 241, Copernicus Hall, if you are not already
registered with them. Student Disability Services maintains the confidential
documentation of your disability and assists you in coordinating reasonable
accommodations with your faculty.
3. In the event of a weather emergency which requires curtailment or
cancellation of classes, listen to WTIC (1080 AM) or call (860) 832-3333 for the
“general snow message.”
4. The last day to with draw from a course is Friday, March 20. Approvals for
withdrawal are not required; however, it is strongly recommended that students
consult with their academic advisors prior to deciding to withdraw. Cessation of
attendance, notice to the instructor, or telephone calls to the Enrollment
Center are not considered official notice of a student’s intention to drop the
After March 20 withdrawals are allowed only under extenuating
circumstances and require approval of the course instructor, department
chair and dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.
Poor academic performance is not considered an extenuating circumstance.
1. If you need help, take advantage of your instructor's office hours. Do not
wait until just before the first test to do so.
2. The Learning Center is located in Rooms 241 and 242, Copernicus. Free
tutoring is available. A schedule for hours the Center is open will be posted
soon after the beginning of the semester.
3. Form a study group with other students in your section. Explaining
solutions to homework problems to each other is a good way to learn.
4. A list of private tutors for hire is available in the math department
office, Room 107 Marcus White, 832-2835.
I am planning on covering the material contained in the following sections of
Chapter 1: Linear Models and Systems of Linear Equations
3.1 Problem Solving: Linear Inequalities
3.2 Graphing Systems of Linear Inequalities
3.3 Solving Linear Programming Problems Graphically
3.4 Applications of Linear Programming
Appendix G: Linear Programming with Excel Solver (see page 1337)
Chapter 2: Systems of Linear Equations and Matrices
2.1 Matrices and Gauss-Jordan
The sections marked with an asterisk are optional and will be covered if time
Minimum averages have been established for each of these grades:
The average for the course will be based on the following weights:
Homework and quizzes
Schedule of Important Dates
Exam 1: Thursday, February 19, in class Exam 2: Thursday, March 19, in class Exam 3: Thursday, April 23, in class Final Examination: Thursday, May 21, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Please note: The final examination for this course is cumulative. It covers
the entire course.
Quizzes will be on Thursdays (other than exam days), starting on the 5th of
February. Usually, the quiz will be based on the homework problems that are due
on the day it is given (exceptions will be announced in class).
Homework will be due on Thursdays of weeks that do
not have an exam and on Tuesdays of weeks that have an exam. You are allowed to
collaborate with other students on homework, but the solutions that you submit
must be your own. Simply copying another student’s work (or allowing another
student to copy your work) is considered cheating and is not acceptable.
Near the end of the semester, there will be one homework as signment that
requires the use of Microsoft Excel.
Occasionally, there may be changes to the course schedule
(for example, if classes are cancelled because of bad weather). Changes will be
announced in class.
The information on this syllabus is subject to change (by
the instructor); changes will be announced in class.