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

Applied Finite Mathematics and Business Calculus

Math 221 (Section 13164):  Fall 2017 Course Outline

Monday & Wednesday, 12:20pm - 2:15pm in Room 3S-104

Prof. Ilya Kofman

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

Textbook:  Finite Math (Custom) with WebAssign | Cengage (2017) | ISBN 978-1305766860. This custom textbook for MTH 121-221 includes chapters 1-4 of Stewart/Redlin/Watson, Precalculus, 7th Edition, and chapters 9-13 of Harshbarger/Reynolds, Mathematical Applications 10th Edition. Available from the campus bookstore. If you buy the textbook elsewhere, you will also need to buy the student access code for WebAssign online from the publisher.

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.

WebAssign:  Computer-graded homework software that students are required to use in this course: WebAssign website.  To sign up for our WebAssign section, click here and enter code:  csi.cuny 5536 4074

Exams:  There will be three in-class exams, Exam 1 on Monday, October 2,  Exam 2 on Monday, October 30, and Exam 3 on Monday, November 20.

Grading:  The course grade will be determined (subject to change announced in class) by your scores on WebAssign homework, quizzes, exams and final exam. Without exception, you must pass the exams to pass this course, and you must take the final exam at the time scheduled by the college.

Help:  My office hours are on Mondays and Wednesdays 11-12:15pm in my office, 1S-209.  Email is the fastest way to contact me.   Free math tutoring is available.

How to Study:  (1.) Come to class (attendance is mandatory).  (2.) Read the relevant sections after class.  (3.) Do the homework. Leave time to think about it!  (4.) Come to my office hours or the help room with any remaining questions.   (5.) To study for a math exam, you must DO MORE PROBLEMS from past exams, homework and textbook.

Exams from Fall 2016:

·  Exam 1 Fall 2016   Solutions to Exam 1 Fall 2016

·  Exam 2 Fall 2016   Solutions to Exam 2 Fall 2016

·  Exam 3 Fall 2016  Solutions to Exam 3 Fall 2016

Exams from Spring 2015:

·  Exam 1 Spring 2015  Solutions to Exam 1 Spring 2015

·  Exam 2 Spring 2015  Solutions to Exam 2 Spring 2015

·  Exam 3 Spring 2015  Solutions to Exam 3 Spring 2015

For integration practice: Exam 3 Fall 2013  Solutions to Exam 3 Fall 2013

Dates corresponding to the Course Syllabus (each class usually covers two 1-hour lessons):

Class Day Date
1 Mon Aug 28
2 Wed Aug 30
Mon Sept 4 No class
3 Wed Sept 6
4 Mon Sept 11
5 Wed Sept 13
6 Mon Sept 18
Wed Sept 20 No class
7 Mon Sept 25
8 Wed Sept 27
9 Mon Oct 2 Exam 1
10 Wed Oct 4
Mon Oct 9 No class
11 Wed Oct 11
12 Mon Oct 16
13 Wed Oct 18
14 Mon Oct 23
15 Wed Oct 25
16 Mon Oct 30 Exam 2
17 Wed Nov 1
18 Mon Nov 6
19 Wed Nov 8
20 Mon Nov 13
21 Wed Nov 15
22 Mon Nov 20 Exam 3
23 Wed Nov 22 No class
24 Mon Nov 27
25 Wed Nov 29
26 Mon Dec 4
27 Wed Dec 6
28 Mon Dec 11
Dec 13-20 Final Exams

Helpful links from elsewhere:

·  Explore this comprehensive website!

·  Calculus online tutorial

·  Online calculus lessons from Khan Academy

·  Great online tool!

Attendance policy: Attendance is mandatory. Unauthorized absences from four or more classes will result in a course grade of WU (Withdrew Unofficially).

Disability policy: Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable academic accommodations if determined eligible by the Office for Disability Services. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of student's eligibility from the Office of Disability Services, which is located in 1P-101. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with the Office for Disability Services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Integrity policy: CUNY's Academic Integrity Policy is available online at

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