Anne Arundel Community College

Finite Mathematics

MAT133 Section 400 Spring 2013


Class: MWF @ 17:30-18:45 in Schz-200

Professor: James Freeman

Office: Mathematics 231-I

Office Hours: MWF @ 12:00-13:00

Phone: (410) 777-2557




Course Description: This is a first course in Finite Mathematics. The topics include:

a) functions and linear models,

b) systems of linear equations and matrices,

c) inequalities and linear programming,

d) mathematics of finance,

e) sets, counting and probability,

f) data analysis.

Applications in economics, business and social science will be emphasized.  Content will include problem solving techniques using calculators and/or computers.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: a) Use linear models in real-life situations. b) Solve applications involving matrices by using the Gauss-Jordan method. c) Solve linear programming problems using the graphical approach. d) Understand the mathematics of investments and loans. e) Use set theory, the principles of counting and probability concepts to calculate probabilities. f) Organzie, analyze and interpret numerical data.

Text: "Finite Mathematics" (5th edition AACC custom) by Waner & Costenoble, Brooks/Cole, 2011.


Computer/Calculator: Some work on a computer using Excel is optional in this course. Computers are available in both the Mathematics building and in the library. A graphing calculator is required for the course - a TI-83+ or TI-84 is recommended.  Calculators which perform symbolic manipulation, such as the TI-89 and -92, may NOT be used on tests.


Attendance Policy: Regular class attendance is expected. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to find out what occurred with respect to both announcements and course work. If you email me, I will respond with that information. I will maintain the online version of this syllabus with any changes in dates or homework assignments. But even one absence means a lost opportunity to learn.


Class Activity: Prepare for class by reading the text (either before or after we cover the material). If you do not understand something, ask questions in class. Ask questions even if it concerns material from a prior class or chapter. Asking and answering questions is the main purpose of class. During class we will review the major points in each chapter and solve sample problems.


Homework: Homework will consist of selected problems from the end of each chapter section in the text. The homework will be collected and graded. Late homework loses 10% credit. Your homework problem solutions should be neatly prepared (they need not be typed), with multiple pages either stapled or otherwise bound together. Answers to the homework are in the back of the book, so there is no reason for a wrong answer. The homework will not be graded in detail, but will be reviewed for completeness. You must show your work and not just give the answer. If you cannot do or do not understand a homework problem, ask about it in class. Some homework may use Excel.  Do the relevant homework as soon as possible after the material is covered in class to allow time for questions.


Attendance will comprise 5% of your grade.


Homework assignments will comprise 15% of your grade.

(Notice:  You cannot receive an "A" if you do not do the homework.)


Examinations: There will be three chapter specific tests and a cumulative final exam.


The three tests will comprise 45% of your grade - 15% each.


The final will comprise 35% of your grade. 


The tests may not be made up (without prior approval).  If you miss a test, the total possible points that the test was worth will be added to the total possible points that the final is worth.  Thus, if you miss a test, your final exam will be worth a larger proportion of your course grade.  I give generous partial credit when I grade, but you must show your work neatly to earn it.  It is your responsibility to show me what you know in a neat and orderly fashion.   Do not leave the classroom without permission during a test. If you do, I will collect your test and grade it based upon what you have already finished. Do not use your cell phone during a test.


Grading Scale: 90 - 100% A; 80-89% B; 70 - 79% C; 60 - 69% D; below 60% F.


Additional Help: Do not hesitate to visit me during my office hours. If my hours conflict with your free time, I will gladly arrange additional times to meet with you. I am in my office at other times and you may always stop by to see if I am in. Additionally, free tutoring is available in Library 102.


Academic Integrity: The Anne Arundel Community College Catalog states, "All students are required to exhibit academic honesty in all academic exercises and assignments." This includes cheating, fabrication, facilitating academic dishonesty, and plagiarism. The instructor has the right and obligation to impose a reasonable academic sanction including, but not limited to, the following:


A) Assign a failing grade for the assignment;

B) Assign a grade reduction for the course;

C) Assign a failing grade for the course;

D) Assign an alternative learning experience.


I will choose A for most situations involving academic dishonesty. Do not leave the classroom without permission during a test. If you do, I will collect your test and grade it based upon what you have already finished. Do NOT use your cell phone during a test.


Student Conduct: The Anne Arundel Community College Catalog states; "All students while engaged in college activities shall comply with all college policies and procedures. Students shall conduct themselves in accordance with accepted standards of behavior, respect the rights of others, refrain from conduct or activity which obstructs the work of the college and is damaging to the welfare of the college community or the college." It continues to describe Acts of Misconduct.


Cell Phones: Please put cell phones on a silent mode during class as a courtesy to others. If you receive a call, I trust that you will leave the room to talk.  Do NOT use your cell phone during tests.


Students in Need of Special Services: AACC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, Title IX, ADA Title 504 compliant institution. Call Disability Support Services, 410-777-2306 or Maryland Relay 711, 72 hours in advance or e-mail to request special accommodations. For information regarding Anne Arundel Community College's compliance and complaints concerning discrimination or harassment, call Karen Cook, Esq., AACC's federal compliance manager at 410-777-7370 or Maryland Relay 711.



Course Schedule (All dates are tentative)

Dates Assignments


Jan 23                         First class.

Feb 18 Chapter 1? Homework (Optional Review)

Feb 18 Chapter 2 Homework Due

Feb 25 Chapter 3 Homework Due

Mar 04 Examination on Chapters (1? &) 2 & 3 (Take Home)


Mar 13 Chapter 4 Homework Due

Mar 27Chapter 5  Homework Due

Apr 03 Examination on Chapters 4, 5


Apr 22 Chapter 6 Homework Due

May 03                       Chapter 7&8 Homework Due

May 03Examination on Chapters 6, 7 & 8


Review and additional topics as time allows

May 13(Mon)   Final Examination (17:00-19:00)


Jan 29   Last day to drop with full refund

Mar 18-22                  Spring Break - No Class

Apr 24     Last day to withdraw

Homework Assignments:(odd means odd numbers only;  eoo means every other odd;  eto means every third odd)

Chapter 1: Functions and Linear Models (Optional Review) - CANCELLED - not in textbook.

Chapter 2: Systems of Linear Equations and Matrices

2.1: 7, 13, 21, 31                 2.2: 5, 15, 21                 2.3: 3, 7, 25, 31


Chapter 3: Matrix Algebra and Applications

3.1: 21, 25, 41, 43                                        3.2: 5, 13, 23, 25, 71, 75

3.3: 7, 13, 17, 19, 59                                         3.4: 1, 3, 5, 11, 19, 31, 35

3.5: 5, 9, 21 (Optional)


Chapter 4: Linear Programming

4.1: 1, 13, 17, 23, 27, 31, 33, 43                       4.2: 1, 3, 11, 19, 21, 41, 43

4.3; 4.4; 4.5: None


Chapter 5: Mathematics of Finance

5.1: 1, 3, 5, 11, 13, 19, 23                                5.2: 1, 3, 5, 11, 13, 19, 25, 35, 45, 63

5.3: 1, 3, 5, 11, 13, 19, 27, 41, 45


Chapter 6: Sets and Counting

6.1: 1-15 odd, 21-33 odd, 47-51 odd                6.2: 1-29 eoo, 47, 49, 51, 55

6.3: 1, 3, 17, 23, 27, 33, 3947, 57                     6.4: 1-41 eoo, 49, (53 hard), 61   


Chapter 7: Probability

7.1: 1-17 eoo, 23-29 odd, 39, 41, 69                7.2: 3-11 odd, 27, 33

7.3: 1-21 eoo, 49, 63                                        7.4: 1-9 odd, 19-25 odd,  39

7.5: 1-13 odd. 55-61 odd


Chapter 8: Random Variables and Statistics

8.1: 19-27 odd, 37                                            8.2: 1-21 odd, 33, 45

8.3: 57-67 odd                                                  8.4: 1-7 odd, 31