Linear Mathematics for Business & Social Sciences
MTH 5, Section 1

Spring 2013, LIU Post

Class Time: MW 11:00a - 12:20p, Humanities 116.

Instructor: Dr. Corbett Redden. Corbett.Redden [att] Office: Life Sciences 243. Phone 516-299-3487.

Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 12:30p - 2:00p (or by appointment)

Course webpage:


Textbook: Finite Mathematics and Applied Calculus by Geoffrey C. Berresford and Andrew M. Rockett (2nd edition).
The hardcover edition (Houghton Mifflin, 2004, ISBN 0-618-37213-X) has exactly the same contents and page numbering as the paperback edition (Cengage Learning, 2009, ISBN 1-4720-7282-4).

Grading Scheme:
Homework/Attendance   10%
Tests 50%
Final Exam 40%

Homework: In addition to time spent attending lectures, it is expected that you spend at least 6 hours per week working on this class. Homework will be assigned regularly in class, posted on the Homework page of the website, and will usually be due at the beginning of class each Wednesday. I will not collect and grade the homeworks, but instead I will simply check them for completeness at the beginning of class. Please know that it is essential to your understanding that you work hard on these problems.

Tests: There will be 3 in-class tests (2/20, 3/27, and 4/24). The lowest score will be dropped, and the remaining 2 test scores will comprise 50% of your grade. There will be NO MAKE UP TESTS. You are allowed to use your calculator, but you can not use a phone, computer, iPad, or any personal notes.

Final Exam: The final examination will be CUMULATIVE, and will take place on Monday 5/6 10:55a - 1:35p in the regular classroom. The final will comprise 40% of your course grade, though the instructor reserves the right to count the final as an even higher percentage for those students whose final exam grade is better than their test average.

Extra Credit: There will be no official extra credit or bonus points. The way to compensate for poor test grades is to learn the material and do very well on the final exam (see the note in the previous paragraph "Final Exam").

Calculator: A graphing calculator, preferably the TI-83 or TI-84, is required for this course.

Course Description: Mathematical models for business, linear programming, matrix algebra and applications are covered. Prerequisite of Math 4 or 4S is required. Not open to students who have taken MTH 8, except for Business Administration, Accountancy, or Dual Accountancy Students. (3 credits)

Help: Help is available from a number of places and people. You are welcome to see Prof. Redden before/after class, in office hours, by appointment, or ask short questions via email. Also, there is free tutoring available in the Math-Lab, located in LS 271. No appointment is necessary. Finally, you are encouraged to work with others on homework. Explaining concepts and techniques to fellow classmates is an excellent way for you to better understand them yourself.

Important Dates:
Jan 22 Classes begin.
Feb 4 Last day to add/drop or late register.
Feb 18 No classes. President's Day.
Feb 19 Monday classes meet.
Mar 11-17   Spring recess, no classes.
Apr 5 Last day to opt for P/F or withdraw.
Apr 30Last day of regular classes.