Math Analysis for Business

Course Details

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Summer I 2015
Bolin Hall
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Days & Times

12:20 - 2:20 MTWR

Marina Lynn Jones (view Profile)


Finite Mathematics (13th ed) by Barnett et al
MyMathLab - online homework

Course Objectives

This course is designed to offer a review of algebra with an emphasis on business applications.  We will cover the definition of a function and related concepts; linear equations, inequalities, and graphs; quadratic equations and graphs; exponential and logarithmic equations and graphs;  the mathematics of finance such as simple and compound interest, annunites including sinking funds, amortization, and present value problems; and the use of matrices to solve systems of equations and inequalities.

Course Expectations

Prerequisite:  Math 1003 (Intermediate Algebra) with a grade of "C" or higher, or satisfactory score on placement exam.

Required:   enrollment in MyMathLab (online homework program), and graphing calculator

Required:  hard copy of textbook


Students are required to be fully present - in other words:  to attend class, to arrive promptly and stay until dismissed, and to participate during class.

Grading Standards

There will be three unit tests, a final exam, and a homework grade which will be generated from the MyMathLab assignments as well as any in-class quizzes.  The final course grade will be determined by the earned percentage of total possible points.  (90% - A, 80% - B, 70% - C, 60% - D, below 60% - F)

Final Exam

07/02/2015 12:20 - 2:20

Submission Format Policy

All tests will be taken in-class.  Homework will be submitted online.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Homework must be completed by the online due date. 

Make-up tests are generally only given in exceptional circumstances.  Communication with the instructor is vital.

No make-up is allowed for the final exam.

In the case of quizzes, no make-up is allowed.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

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As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

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Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

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Students with Disabilities

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Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

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Attendance Requirements

Students are expected to attend all class meetings.  Students may be dropped by the instructor with a grade of "F" for excessive absences (more than four).  Please refer to the university's official class attendance policy before deciding to discontinue attending class.

Other Policies

Cell phone use is not tolerated during class.  Cell phones must be turned off and put away during class.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

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