Last updated May 27, 2007

Syllabus HW Assignments Group Work/Project Exams

Introduction to Finite Math

Text Lecture Instructor
Homework Exams Bonus Points
Grades Honor Principle Disabilities

Course Description

This course will consist of an introduction to several topics in finite mathematics including, among others, the mathematics of finance, probability, and linear programming. There will be an emphasis on applications in social, financial, and behavioral sciences.



Finite Mathematics for Business, Economics, Life Sciences, and Social Sciences (11th edition) by Barnett, Ziegler, and Byleen
(Available at Wheelock Books)


Scheduled Lectures

MWF 11:15 - 12:20
x-hour*: Tu 12:00-12:50
Location: Kemeny 006

* The x-hours will be used as needed.



Jonathan Bayless
Office: 216 Kemeny Hall
Office Hours: M 1:00-2:00, W 1:00-2:00, Th 1:00-2:00
and by appointment


Homework Policy

For each day of class, there will be an assignment posted on the homework page and due the following class period. Please write up your assignments neatly, and clearly indicate the assignment and problem on your paper. You may work with other students, which is encouraged, particularly with your groups. However, as noted in the section on the honor policy below, please write up your assignments individually.

All homework assignments and projects are due at the start of class on the day they are due. LATE HOMEWORK AND PROJECTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED FOR ANY REASON. The grader is permitted to give a grade of 0 on any homework that does not have a name or that is not neat and stapled.

The daily homework assignments will be graded on a scale of 0 - 4 as follows: Group work will be a big part of this course. There will be four group assignments graded on the same scale as above. The group project will be graded on a scale of 0 - 50 based on completeness, clarity, accuracy, and the entire group's participation. In addition, at the end of the course, each student's three lowest scores on the homework will be replaced by their group's average score.



There will be two exams and a final scheduled as follows:

Exam 1 Friday, April 20 11:15-12:20 Kemeny 006
Exam 2 Monday, May 14 11:15-12:20 Kemeny 006
Final Saturday, June 2 08:00 - 11:00 Haldeman 28


Bonus Points

There will be a number of opportunities for bonus points throughout this course. For the first exam, the group whose average is highest will recieve 5 bonus points. For the second exam and the final, the group whose average score improved most from the previous exam will recieve 5 bonus points. There may also be a problem or two added as a bonus to a homework assignment.


The course grade will be based on the scores on homework, exams, project, and final as follows:

number points each total points possible
Daily Homework 23 4 92
Group Assignments* 4 5 20
Exams 2 100 200
Project 1 50 50
Final 1 200 200
Total 562

* Group work will also factor into the homework, exam, and final grades. See the sections on homework and bonus points.


The Honor Principle

Collaboration on homework is permitted and encouraged, but it is a violation of the honor code for someone to provide the answers for you. In other words, you should feel free to talk to other students while thinking about a problem, but you should write up your solutions independently. You are also on your honor not to talk to another student about an exam or final until both you and the other student have handed in the exam or final.



Students with disabilities who will be taking this course and may need disability-related classroom accommodations are encouraged to make an appointment to see the instructor as soon as possible. They should also stop by the Academic Skills Center in Collis 301 to register for support services.