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December 10th

December 10th

Probability and Linear Math

Text: Finite Mathematics, Ninth Edition, by Lial, Greenwell, Ritchey; (2nd UM Custom Edition) with
added material from Using and Understanding Mathematics: A Quantitative Reasoning Approach,
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 placement score.
Systems of linear algebra -homework-soft/multiplying- fractions /equations-multiple-square.html">equations and matrix algebra. Introduction to probability with emphasis on
models and probabilistic reasoning. Examples of applications of the material in many fields.
Credit not allowed for both MAT 117 and MATH 117.

Learning Goals:
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 diagrams), Bayes’
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 ).

Course Content:
1. Sets and Probabilities (Sets, Applications of Venn Diagrams, Basic Concepts of Probability,
Probability; Independent Events, Bayes' Theorem)
2. Counting Principles; Further Probability Topics (The Multiplication Principle , Permutations,
Combinations, Probability Applications of Counting Principles, Binomial Probability, Probability
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.
Exponential Functions)
5. Uses of Percentages
6. Linear Programming, The Graphical Method (Graphing Linear Inequalities, Solving Linear
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

A: ≥ 93% A-: 90 – 92% B+: 87 – 89% B: 83 – 86% B-: 80 – 82%
C+: 75 – 79% C: 70 – 74% C-: 65 – 69% D+: 62 – 64% D: 58 – 61%
D-: 55 – 57% F: ≤ 55% CR: ≥ 55%

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 literacy requirement.

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 turn-in
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 and it
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, and the
appropriate Dean. Approval requires genuine extenuating circumstances as listed in the
university catalog.

Extenuating circumstances are:
1. Missing a substantial number of classes due to illness, accident or family emergency.
2. A change in work schedule that makes it impossible to attend class or devote adequate time to
the course.
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 before the
ends; and
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 University. All
students need to be familiar with the Student Conduct Code. Available for review online at

Special Accommodations: Students with disabilities are welcome to discuss accommodations
with me.

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

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