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.
Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
- 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.
- 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
- Tan, S T. Finite Mathematics for the Managerial, Life, and Social Sciences. 12th ed. Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning, 2018.
Type: Textbook, ISBN: 978-1-337-40578-7
- Tan, S T. Student Solutions Manual for Finite Mathematics for the Managerial, Life, and Social Sciences. 12th ed. Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning, 2018.
Type: Student Manual, ISBN: 978-1-337-61302-6
Note: Materials are bundled: The Bundle ISBN: is 9781337762182
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 due to COVID-19 safety guidelines all in-person exams have been suspended. As such, all final exams are currently being delivered through ProctorU, which has an approximate fee of $35 involved. There will be more information in your course shell, on how to apply, if your course has a final exam.
To successfully complete this course, students must achieve 50% or higher on the overall course and 50% or higher on the final mandatory examination.
Open Learning Faculty Member
An Open Learning Faculty member is available to assist students. Primary communication is by phone if you are taking the print version of the course and through the Learning Environment's "Mail" tool if you are taking the online version. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.