Master Course Outline
MATH 111
Introduction to Finite Mathematics
Course Description: MATH 111 is designed for transfer students majoring in business and many of the
social sciences. In addition to the prerequisite, it is assumed that students have a working knowledge of
the material from MATH 098. Topics covered include: linear, quadratic, exponential and logarithmic
functions; systems of linear equations and inequalities with solution by simplex methods; and financial
math. Applications are drawn from business, economics, and the management and social sciences. 5
lecture hours. Satisfies the quantitative skills requirement, science distribution area F requirement, or
specified elective for the AA degree.
Credits: 5
Prerequisites: A grade of "C" or better in MATH 098 or appropriate placement score.
Recommended Preparation: None
Co-requisites: None
Course Learning Outcomes: Students completing the course will have been instructed in how to do the
following, and earn a course grade based on the evaluation of their ability to do the following:
1. Solve linear equations and inequalities in one variable
2. Use function notation
3. Graph linear functions
4. Calculate slopes and rates
5. Construct the equation of a line
6. Solve systems of equations
7. Apply 1 – 6 in the context of total cost, total revenue, profit, break-even analysis, supply and
demand, and market equilibrium.
8. Solve quadratic equations
9. Find the coordinates of the vertex of a parabola
10. Find the zeros of a parabola
11. Solve non-linear systems of equations that involve solving quadratic equations
12. Apply 8 – 11 in the context of profit and revenue maximization, supply, demand, market
equilibrium, and break-even points.
13. Solve linear inequalities in two variables
14. Apply 13 in the context of land management and manufacturing constraints.
15. Solve linear programming problems graphically
16. Apply 15 in the context of profit, revenue, and productions costs
17. Solve linear programming problems involving maximization using the simplex method
18. Apply 16 in the context of profit, and manufacturing
19. Graph exponential functions
20. Solve exponential and logarithmic equations
Solve simple interest problems
Solve compound interest problems
Solve ordinary annuity problems
Solve annuities due problems
Solve amortization problems
Course Resources/Textbooks/Website: Mathematical Applications for the Management, Life, and
Social Sciences, by Harshbarger and Reynolds, 10th edition. The publisher’s website for the book is:
If you have questions about the text, please contact Tom Kuester at [email protected] The textbook is
required for the course. Ancillary materials available from the publisher, such as Student Solution
Manuals, are optional. The same textbook is also used for MATH& 148. You will also need a scientific
calculator for the course. Graphing calculators are not allowed. Students have successfully used a wide
variety of calculators in this course over the years. Calculators worth considering are TI-30XIIS, TI-30XS
MultiView, TI-34 MultiView, CASIO fx-115ES, and CASIO fx-300ES. You CANNOT use a cell-phone, i-pod,
computer or any other internet connected device as a calculator or for any other purpose during testing
due to the obvious potential for cheating!
Academic Integrity: All forms of cheating, falsification, and plagiarism are against the rules of this course
and of Grays Harbor College. Students who are unsure what constitutes academic dishonesty are
responsible for asking the instructor for clarification. Instances of intentional academic dishonesty will
be dealt with severely.
Disabilities: Students who have documented disabilities that require accommodations in compliance
with the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the Disability Support Services coordinator as
well as the instructor of the course in order to ensure that together we create an optimal environment
for educational achievement.
W Day: W Day, the final day to officially withdraw from a course, is the Thursday of the seventh week
(Thursday of the fourth week for summer quarter). Students who do not withdraw by that date will
receive the grades they have earned, regardless of whether they are attending the course or completing
the work. Students who are considering withdrawal are strongly advised to consult with the instructor,
advisor and financial aid prior to withdrawing. The only withdrawals allowed after W Day are complete
withdrawals from all courses.
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