## M303D Syllabus

APPLICABLE MATHEMATICS

**Prerequisite and degree relevance: **An appropriate score on the mathematics placement exam.. May not be included in the major requirement for the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree with a major in mathematics. Only one of the following may be counted: Mathematics 302, 303D, and 303F. A student may NOT earn credit for Mathematics 303D after having received credit for Mathematics 305G nor any calculus course.

**Course description: **The course treats some of the techniques which allow mathematics to be applied to a variety of problems. It is designed for the non-technical student who needs an entry level course developing such mathematics skills. Topics include: linear and quadratic equations, systems of linear equations, matrices, probability, statistics, exponential and logarithmic functions, and mathematics of finance.

**Text **Barnett and Ziegler, **Finite Mathematics**, eleventh edition

This course is an entry-level course for non-technical students. It deals with some of the techniques that allow mathematics to be applied to a variety of problems and seeks to develop these skills for this type of student. Roughly sixty percent of the students are from Liberal Arts; the other major groups are Communications, Fine Arts and Education. It is also taken by elementary education students before M316K.

A pocket calculator will be required to work problems at some stages of the course; a "scientific" one with xy, and Ln x functions is the type needed.

A suggested allocation of time is given for the chapters of the book treated. A few sections may be omitted at the instructor's discretion. The allocations given require 33 days.

Responsible Party: Kathy Davis, August 2007

- Chapters 1 and 2: Libraries of Elementary Functions (7 days): 1.1 through 1.3; 2.1 through 2.3
- Chapter 3 Mathematics of Finance (4 days): 3.1 through 3.4
- Chapter 4 Systems of Linear Equations (7 days): 4.1 through 4.7
- Chapter 5 Linear Inequalities and Linear Programming (2 days): 5.1 and 5.2 (covering the simplex method is unrealistic)
- Chapter 7 Logic, Sets and Counting (4 days): 7.3, 7.4
- Chapter 8 Probability (8 days): 8.1 through 8.5
- Chapter 11 Data Description and Probability Distributions (5 days): 11.1 through 11.5