Mathematics 1311 Business Math 1 Course Objectives Gain factual knowledge

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Mathematics 1311

Business Math 1
Course Objectives

  1. Gain factual knowledge. Learn the vocabulary and basic definitions related to linear and quadratic equations, inequalities, number systems, polynomials, exponents, logarithms, matrices, linear programming and mathematics of finance.

  1. Learn fundamental principles. Become familiar with the properties of exponents and logarithms; understand the relationship between equations and inequalities and their graphs; know the formulas associated with matrices and the mathematics of finance.

  1. Learn to apply the course material. Use the facts, formulas and techniques learned in this course to model and solve linear programming problems by graphical or algebraic methods, and annuity and interest problems; be able to apply linear regression to data sets; be able to analyze graphs and comment on their relevance and meaning; be able to convert logarithmic equations to exponential equations and vice-versa; be able to use lines and their properties to solve business application problems.

  1. Develop specific skills. Acquire a level of proficiency in the following areas: use of formulas for solving finance problems; use of technology (computers and/or calculators) to solve finance and linear programming problems; the operations associated with matrices such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, finding inverses and determinants; graphing various function types; use of the quadratic formula.

Course Content
Textbook: Mathematical Applications, 6th edition, by Harshbarger and Reynolds. The following chapters including the particular sections listed are covered.

  1. Algebraic Concepts. real numbers; exponents and radicals; operations with algebraic expressions; factoring; rational expressions.

  2. Linear Equations and Functions. Solutions of linear equations; graphs; systems of linear equations; applications to business and economics.

  3. Special Functions. Quadratic equations; parabolas and quadratic functions; linear regression; applications to business.

  4. Matrices. Operations on matrices; determinants; the inverse of a matrix; Gauss-Jordan elimination.

  5. Inequalities and Linear Programming. graphing linear inequalities; linear programming: graphical method; the Simplex method; modeling linear programming problems.

  6. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions. Properties of logarithms; relationship between logarithmic and exponential equations; applications of logarithms to business mathematics.

  7. Mathematics of Finance. simple interest; compound interest; continuously compounded interest, discount interest; ordinary annuities.

Juan P. Montemayor

Phone:  942-2317 ext. 232

Office: MCS 219F

Business Math I

Math 1311.070

9:30 – 10:45 MCS 110

Math Lab Hours:

MCS 215

Night Math Lab:

MCS 211

Other classes:
130A.050 MWF @ 9:00 – 9:50 VIN 161

1302.110 TTh @ 11:15 – 11:30 GFAB

1311.070 TTh @ 9:30 – 10:45 MCS 110

Math 1312 MW @ 12:00 – 1:15 MCS 110

Important Dates:
Check Calendar for exams, long quizzes, and final exam

Last Day to Withdraw from University:

Office Hours

Monday:  8:30 - 9:00,  10:00-11:00     1:15-2:30

Tuesday: 9:00 – 9:30,  1:45 – 2:30

Wednesday: 8:30 - 9:00,  10:00-11:00     1:15-2:30

Thursday: 9:00 – 9:30,  1:45 – 2:30

Friday: 8:30 – 9:00,  10:00- 11:30

A:  90 and above,  B:  80 – 89.9, 

  C:  70 – 79.9, 

D: 60 – 69.9,  F: Below 60 

Grading Distribution
Exam: (3) 21 % each
Final Exam:  30 %
Long Quizzes (4)): 21 % all
Short Qz, HW :  7 % each  

Long Quizzes (total of 9)

groups of 3: drop the lowest of first three

drop the lowest of next three, same on the last three

( total of six are counted)

Short Quizzes

 2-15 minutes long; drop three of them



Each assignment will be given one of the following grades;

95: if most of HW was done 85: if  only half was turned in
70: if less than half 0: if not turned in

No Late HW assignments accepted –

Drop two of the grades ( lowest two )


 0-2 Absences

Add 4 points to your final exam

There will be no make-ups of any kind. No make-ups on quizzes or HW

Enough quizzes will be dropped to account for most absences. There are

only three exams(plus the final) make plans not to miss those days

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