Text: Finite Mathematics, Ninth Edition, by Lial,
Greenwell, Ritchey; (2nd UM Custom Edition) with added material from Using and Understanding Mathematics: A Quantitative
Fourth Edition, by Bennett and Briggs.
Course Description: U 117 Probability and Linear
Mathematics 3 cr. Offered every term .
Prereq., MAT 005 with a grade of B– or better, or MAT 100, or appropriate
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models and probabilistic reasoning. Examples of applications of the material in
Credit not allowed for both MAT 117 and MATH 117.
1. To master the basic concepts of lines, linear systems, and linear programming
(graphical method only ).
2. To understand basic probability concepts: probability models (Venn diagrams,
two -way tables),
spaces with equally likely outcomes (counting), conditional probability (tree
binomial probabilities, probability distributions.
3. To understand the rudiments of statistics: measures of center and spread, the
normal distribution and the normal approximation to the binomial distribution.
4. To learn how to use the above concepts to solve application problems (this
includes to learn to
precisely formulate a problem , and to interpret solutions ).
1. Sets and Probabilities (Sets, Applications of Venn Diagrams, Basic Concepts
Probability; Independent Events, Bayes' Theorem)
2. Counting Principles; Further Probability Topics (The Multiplication
Principle , Permutations,
Combinations, Probability Applications of Counting Principles, Binomial
Distributions; Expected Value)
3. Statistics (Frequency Distributions; Measures of Central Tendency, Measures
of Variation, The
Distribution, Normal Approximation to the Binomial Distribution)
4. Linear Functions ( Slopes and Equations of Lines, Linear Functions and
Applications, Linear vs.
5. Uses of Percentages
6. Linear Programming, The Graphical Method (Graphing Linear Inequalities,
Programming Problems Graphically, Applications)
Grading: Your course grade will be based on 3
exams, a cumulative final, and weekly quizzes.
The grades will be as signed as follows :
Quizzes: 100 points 3 Exams: 100 points each Final Exam: 150 points
If you are not taking this course as a general education
requirement, you must take it for a
traditional letter grade (not CR/NCR). A grade of “D-“ is considered passing and
will earn you
credit for the course, BUT it will NOT fulfill your general education
requirement and you will have
to retake the class. A grade of C or better is needed to fulfill the math
There is no graded homework, however recommended problems
are given for each section and
are strongly encouraged. All quizzes will be on Wednesdays (some will be
take-home) and will
be based on the homework for the sections covered in class during the previous
week. You must
be present to take any of the exams or quizzes. THERE ARE NO MAKE-UPS for the
assignments and quizzes, but I will drop the lowest few scores. Exam make-ups
will ONLY be
given under special and extenuating circumstances. At most one make-up exam will
be given. It
is your responsibility to notify me as soon as you know you will miss any exam
must be either prior to or within 24 hours of the exam.
Add/Drop Policy: The last day to add/drop or change
grading option to Audit by Cyberbear is
September 15th. The last day to change sections and to change grading options
is October 6th.
This is also the last day to drop. Changes after this deadline and until
December 5th must be
done by Petition to Drop/Add after deadline and approved by me, your advisor,
appropriate Dean. Approval requires genuine extenuating circumstances as listed
Extenuating circumstances are:
1. Missing a substantial number of classes due to illness, accident or family
2. A change in work schedule that makes it impossible to attend class or devote
adequate time to
3. Registration in the course by error and never attending class.
Reasons that are not satis factory include :
1. Forgetting to turn in a drop slip.
2. Protecting your grade point average.
Incomplete (I) Grades: To be eligible for an “I”,
the following conditions must be met:
1. The student must have been in attendance and passing the course up to 3 weeks
2. The student is unable to complete the course due to extenuating
circumstances, which usually
serious illness or death in the family.
Incompletes are not given under any other circumstances
and are always given at the discretion
of the instructor. See the 2008-2009 cata log for further information.
Misconduct: All students must practice academic
honesty. Academic misconduct is subject to an
academic penalty by the course instructor and/or a disciplinary sanction by the
students need to be familiar with the Student Conduct Code. Available for review
Special Accommodations: Students with disabilities
are welcome to discuss accommodations
Semester Schedule: The following schedule is
subject to modifications:
Week Sections Exam & Important Dates
8/25 – 8/29 7.1, 7.2
9/1 – 9/5 7.2, 7.3 Sept 1: Labor Day Holiday
9/8 – 9/12 7.4, 7.5, 7.6
9/15 – 9/19 Review, Exam 1 Sept 15: Last Day to Add/Drop and Audit by
CyberBear Exam 1: Wednesday, Sept 17
9/22 – 9/26 8.1, 8.2
9/29 – 10/3 8.3, 8.4
10/6 – 10/10 8.5, 9.1, 9.2 Oct 6: Last Day to Drop by Paper Form
10/13 – 10/17 9.3, 9.4
10/20 – 10/24 Review, Exam 2 Exam 2: Wednesday, Oct 22
10/27 – 10/31 3A, 8A, 1.1
11/3 – 11/7 1.2, 1.3, 2.2 Nov 4: Election Day
11/10 – 11/14 2.3, 2.4, 2.5 Nov 11: Veterans Day Holiday
11/17 – 11/21 Review, Exam 3 Exam 3: Wednesday, Nov 19
11/24 – 11/28 3.1, 3.2 Nov 26: Last Day to With draw from all courses
Nov 26 – 28: Thanksgiving Holiday
12/1 – 12/5 3.3, Review Dec 5: Last Day to petition drop/change grading option