Department of Mathematics, College of Staten Island, City University of New York (CUNY)

Applied Finite Mathematics and Business Calculus

Math 221 (Section 6917):  Fall 2012 Course Outline

Prof. Ilya Kofman

Office:   1S-209   phone: (718) 982-3615

Course Time and Place:

Mondays and Wednesdays:    12:20pm - 2:15pm   in 3S-116

Syllabus:  Syllabus (PDF)  for MTH 221, Applied Finite Mathematics and Business Calculus

Textbook:  Harshbarger and Reynolds, Mathematical Applications for the Management, Life, and Social Sciences, 9th Ed., Brooks Cole (2008), ISBN-13: 978-0547-14509-9,  ISBN-10: 0547-14509-8.
Note: The above textbook (9th edition) is available only online.

Homework:  Problems assigned from the textbook are listed on the syllabus. Any changes or additional assignments will be announced in class. Answers to odd-numbered exercises are in the back of the book. I highly recommend working jointly on homework problems with fellow students.

Webwork:  Webwork is a free online system that provides individualized homework problems, gives immediate feedback, and allows you to correct mistakes until the due date. Later, you can see detailed solutions online. Webwork is required in this course, and it is a major part of your grade. Some homework problems in your textbook have matching Webwork problems, which must be submitted online. To pass this course, the Webwork problems are the minimum requirement; to earn an excellent grade, you will have to do the other assigned problems in your textbook. Webwork website

Exams:  There will be three in-class exams, Exam 1 on Wednesday, October 3, Exam 2 on Wednesday, November 7, and Exam 3 on Wednesday, December 5.

NEW!  Solutions to Exam 1, Solutions to Exam 2, Solutions to Exam 3.

Grading:  The course grade will be determined as follows:  18% Webwork and quizzes + 54% Exams (18% each exam) + 28% Final Exam. The single lowest in-class exam score will be replaced by the final exam score if that improves your total score. Without exception, you must pass the exams to pass this course, and you must take the final exam at the time scheduled by the university.

Help:  My office hours are on Mondays and Wednesdays 11-12:15pm in my office, 1S-209.

How to Study:  (1.) Come to class (attendance is mandatory).  (2.) Read the relevant sections after class.  (3.) Do the homework. Leave yourself time to think about it!  (4.) Compare your solutions with other students.  (5.) Come to office hours or the help room with any remaining questions.

Calculator:  A graphing calculator is required, and you need to know how to use it. Graphing calculator manual with exercises and solutions.

Other useful online resources:  Explore this terrific website!

Calculus online tutorial

Online calculus lessons from Khan Academy