MATH125C: Finite Mathematics

Credits 4 Lab/Practicum/Clinical Hours 0 Lecture Hours 4
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Topics include matrices, linear programming, counting techniques, sets, probability, statistics, mathematics of finance, Markov chains, and game theory. Applications will be emphasized. A graphing calculator will be required. 


Students are required to pass prerequisite courses with a grade of C or higher. Exceptions apply; please consult your department chair.
  • Use matrix operations to solve applications involving systems of equations, including input-output systems and message encoding.
  • Formulate and solve a linear programming problem using graphing or the simplex method.
  • Solve problems in finance (simple and compound interest and annuities; amortization tables).
  • Perform operations on sets and use Venn diagrams to solve application problems.
  • Apply concepts of probability, including conditional probability and Bayes' Theorem.
  • Perform calculations involving counting principles and apply to probability problems.
  • Solve applications involving the binomial probability distribution.
  • Calculate measures of central tendency and variation for a data set or frequency distribution.
  • Solve applications involving the normal distribution.
  • Use regular or absorbing Markov chains to solve long-term probability problems.
  • Calculate payoff and evaluate strategies for applications involving strictly determined or mixed strategy games.