Math 400 (Finite Mathematics)
Fall 2017


Instructor: Reza Pakzad Email: pakzad At-Sign pitt Dot edu

Lectures: MWF 02:00PM-02:50PM at BENDM158

Office hours: M at 11:00AM-12:00PM, W at 4:00PM-5:00PM, or by email appointment, held at Thackeray Hall 610.

Content: This course is designed to introduce students from various disciplines to the applied world of mathematics within a discrete context. In particular, students can expect to work with linear models including a basic algebraic introduction, solution of linear systems, and matrix algebra techniques.

Course Prerequisites

Minimum math placement score of 61 or Math 0031 with minimum grade of C.

Text

The text for this course is Finite Mathematics for the Managerial, Life and Social Sciences, 12th edition, by Soo T. Tan.

However, the Eleventh Edition and the Tenth Edition can be sufficiently used.

Lecture Notes

The class lecture notes will appear here.

Practice Problems

The schedule has a list of practice problems for each section. You are expected to work on enough of these problems to gain mastery of the subject material; exam problems will often be modeled on these problems.

Homework

A smaller number of problems will be collected at the beginning of class each Wednesday. These questions will be posted here, graded and returned to you. You are encouraged to work collaboratively on these problems, but the final writeup should be your own. You should show your work in order to get full credit.

Grades

Your course grade will be determined as follows: Calendar and Exam Dates:

Monday Aug 28: First Class
Monday Sept 4: Labor day - no classes
Monday Oct 9: Fall Break - no classes
Tuesday Oct 10: Monday schedule classes - First Midterm
Monday Nov 20: Second Midterm
Wed. and Fri. Nov 22-24: Thanksgiving break - no classes
Friday Dec 8: Last Class

Midterms: They will be held on Tuesday Oct. 10 and Monday Nov. 20 in class.

Midterm I Cut-Off: The cut-off is Sessions 1-12, which correspond to Sections 1.1-1.4 and 2.1-2.6 of the textbook. The format of Midterm questions will be similar to the textbook Exercise problems. A scientific calculator is allowed during the exam. The exam is a closed notes and textbook exam.

Midterm II Cut-Off: The cut-off for the exam is Sections A.1-A.5, 5.1, 5.4, 6.1-6.4 and 7.1-7.5 of the textbook. The format of Midterm questions will be similar to the textbook Exercise problems. A scientific calculator is allowed during the exam. The exam is a closed notes and textbook exam.

Midterm 1 Solutions in PDF
Midterm 2 Solutions in PDF

Final Exam: The final will be cumulative and evenly distributed over all covered material.

Final Exam date and place: Saturday 16 Dec. 2017, 8:00AM - 9:50AM, 158 Benedum Hall.

Materials

A scientific calculator is highly recommended.

Getting Help

Tutoring

Walk in tutoring is available in the Math Assistance Center (MAC) on the second floor of the O'Hara student center. Tutoring hours will be posted outside the MAC, as well as on the web here.

Disability Resource Services

If you have a disability for which you are or may be requesting an accommodation, you are encouraged to contact both your instructor and the Office of Disability Resources and Services, 216 William Pitt Union (412) 624-7890 as early as possible in the term.

Academic Integrity

Cheating/plagiarism will not be tolerated. Students suspected of violating the University of Pittsburgh Policy on Academic Integrity will incur a minimum sanction of a zero score for the quiz, exam or paper in question. Additional sanctions may be imposed, depending on the severity of the infraction.