Math 7 - Finite Mathematics - Course Information Sheet - Fall 1998

Instructor: Russell Lee Office: PH 107 408-848-4881 hhh.gavilan.edu/rlee
Office Hours: MWF 10:10 - 11:00 a.m., TTH 1:10 - 2:00 p.m., and by appointment
Textbook: Finite Mathematics, 6th Ed., 1998. Lial, Greenwell and Miller, authors. Addison-Wesley Publishing Company
Prerequisite: Math 233, or equivalent, with a grade of C or better and good understanding.
Calculators: This course is an excellent opportunity to learn some of the capabilities of a graphing calculator to assist in your understanding. It is expected that you will use a calculator on homework and exams. However, a calculator is only a tool and successful completion of this course will require a conceptual understanding of the course material.
Attendance: Regular attendance is highly recommended. It is the responsibility of the student to drop the course by obtaining a drop card from the registrar.
Honor Code: Students are expected to exercise academic honesty and integrity. Violations will result in disciplinary action that may include recommendation for dismissal.
Special Needs: Students requiring special arrangements because of a disability should contact their instructor, counselor, or the Disability Resource Center.
Course Objectives
and Goals:
Upon the successful completion of this course, the student will be proficient in the manipulation and solution of systems of linear equations and the use of hand calculators as a problem solving tool. The student will be introduced to linear programming techniques, counting techniques, sets, probability, probability distributions, logic and their appropriate applications.

We will attempt to cover the entire book at approximately one section per day.
Evaluation: Students will receive a letter grade based upon the following:
  1. Homework. 30% of grade.
  2. Three midterm exams, lowest score dropped. 50% of grade.
  3. Comprehensive two-hour final exam. 20% of grade.
90% of the total possible points will be required for an A, 80% of the total possible points for a B, 70% for a C, and 60% for a D.
Homework: Doing homework is the most important part of the class. Homework problems will be assigned daily. Assignments will occasionally be collected for grading. Grades will be based upon your problem solving methodology, completeness, and neatness. Late homework will not be accepted.
Exams/Quizzes: The three midterm exams will be given in class on the following Fridays:
September 18 October 23 December 4
Make-up exams/quizzes will not be given. Mark these dates in your calendar today. The exams will be straightforward for those who complete and understand the homework. Exam problems will likely require synthesis of more than one concept. All exams are closed book and closed notes.
Final Exam: Wednesday, December 16, 1998. 10:30 12:30 p.m. Room PH 103. Without exception!