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Thompson Rivers University

MATH 1101: Finite Mathematics

First year university students are provided with an opportunity to develop mathematical skills in areas other than calculus. The course has a numerical leaning tied to solving problems that have direct relevance in the "real world," and including such topics as systems of linear equations, linear programming, finite probability, and descriptive statistics.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand and explain a variety of mathematical structures that do not involve infinite processes and limits.
  • Solve systems of linear equations.
  • Perform matrix operations.
  • Use the Leontief input-output model to solve real world problems.
  • Solve linear programming problems.
  • Use permutations and combinations appropriately.
  • Calculate probabilities.
  • Calculate expected values for random variables.
  • Compute variance and standard deviation.
  • Apply mathematical skills to practical problems such as input-output analysis, inventory planning, optimal production schedules, insurance probabilities, and traffic patterns.

Course topics

  • Unit 1: Linear Equations and Matrices
  • Unit 2: Linear Programming
  • Unit 3: Sets and Counting
  • Unit 4: Probability
  • Unit 5: Probability Distributions and Statistics

Required text and materials

The following material is required for this course:

  1. Tan, S T. Finite Mathematics for the Managerial, Life, and Social Sciences.12th ed. Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning, 2018.
    Type: Textbook ISBN: 978-1-337-40578-2

Additional requirements

A calculator is required in this course. All you need is a scientific calculator or if you wish, you may use a graphing calculator. Calculators or computing devices that do symbolic calculations are not permitted in this course. If you are unsure about the calculator you have, or the calculator you wish to buy, talk to your Open Learning Faculty Member.


Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact with any questions about this.

To successfully complete this course, students must achieve 50% or higher on the overall course and 50% or higher on the final mandatory examination.

Note: The final exam for this course is only available as a paper exam and must be taken in person at an approved Testing Centre. Please email with any questions.

Assignment 1 12.5%
Assignment 2 12.5%
Assignment 3 12.5%
Assignment 4 12.5%
Final Exam (mandatory) 50%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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