Mathematics for Business & Social Sciences Syllabus for 2020-2021
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MATH-1324-LC2 Mathematics for Business & Social Sciences


Prerequisite:Scores on a state-approved test indicating college-level math skills Corequisite: MATH 0324

Course Description

The application of common algebraic functions, including polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, and rational, to problems in business, economics, and the social sciences are addressed.  The applications include mathematics of finance, including simple and compound interest and annuities; systems of linear equations; matrices; linear programming; and probability, including expected value.

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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

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Tech Supported

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Required: My Math Lab Student Access Kit
Optional : Finite Mathematics and Calculus with Applications, Tenth Edition        
                Authors:  Margaret L. Lial, Raymond N. Greenwell, and Nathan P. Ritchey
                Publisher:  Pearson Education

Washington Street Campus Bookstore:  (806)371-5304


Students need access to a computer with a reliable internet connection to complete online homework assignments and chapter exams and access to a printer to produce class notes.

Students will also need the ability to scan documents and upload to blackboard.  This can be done using camscanner.

MyMathLab:  If you do not purchase a textbook bundled with a MyMathLab Access Code, you will need to purchase the code in the Amarillo College Book Store. The textbook is optional. 

Calculator:  You will need a graphing calculator for this course. All computations and demonstrations in class will be done using The following calculators are acceptable:  TI-83, TI-83 Plus, TI-84, or TI-84 plus graphing calculator. (The Math Department policy is that no TI-89’s or TI-92’s may be used on tests.)  You may download a free calculator emulator for 90 days to use at

Graphing Calculator Checkout:  Students unable to afford the purchase of a graphing calculator can apply to the Adult Students Program for the privilege of checking one out for the semester. Students that a) receive a PELL Grant, or b) receive public assistance services are eligible as long as calculators are available.  These calculators are checked out on a “first come, first served” basis.  If you do not meet the above criteria but cannot afford to purchase your own calculator, you may discuss your situation with the Adult Students advisors. Exceptions may be made in some cases.

Students who lose (due to accident / theft / any other mishap) or damage in any way a loaner graphing calculator will be required to replace the lost, stolen, or damaged calculator with a new TI-84 or TI-84 Plus graphing calculator.  Failure to do so will result in immediate action(s) taken by Amarillo College.

Bring a copy of your schedule to the Adult Students Program, Student Services Center, Room 130, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. You must complete an application and be enrolled in a math class to receive this assistance.

Student Performance

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  1. Apply elementary functions, including linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and exponential functions to solving real-world problems.
  2. Solve mathematics of finance problems, including the computation of interest, annuities, and amortization of loans.
  3. Apply basic matrix operations, including linear programming methods, to solve application problems.
  4. Demonstrate fundamental probability techniques and application of those techniques, including expected value to solve problems.
  5. Apply matrix skills and probability analyses to model applications to solve real-world problems.


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Student Rights and Responsibilities

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Expected Student Behavior

Class Days:  Due to the current COVID-19 situation, this class has been changed to a "tech-supported" class that will meet remotely using Google Meet.  To access the meeting, please go to the link provided in Blackboard & emailed to you.   

Student Responsibilities:   Students are expected to be on time and prepared for class. Students should participate in class in a positive manner.  Using foul language in emails or discussions will not be tolerated and may result in possible removal from the course.  You are expected to express yourself with courtesy and consideration at all times.  For a full discussion of appropriate behavior and student responsibilities, please refer to the Student Rights & Responsibilities Handbook  Students who fail to comply with the standards outlined in the syllabus and/or Student Rights & Responsibilities will be subject to disciplinary action. 

Policy on Cheating and Plagiarism:  Plagiarism and cheating will not be tolerated in any math course at Amarillo College. Students that cheat, or attempt to cheat, on any test will receive an automatic “F” in the course.  This grade will go on your permanent transcript and cannot be removed.  Cheating includes, but is not limited to, the illegal use of books, notes, cell phones, copying or leaving the Math Testing Center with a test or questions from a test. Cheating also includes helping, or attempting to help, other students to cheat on a test regardless of the testing venue.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board sets the topics that must be covered in order to receive credit for a course. The instructor sets the pace to ensure that these requirements are met. Any student having trouble maintaining the pace should seek extra help from the instructor and/or a tutor.

Grading Criteria

Lecture Notes:  Notes are posted in blackboard so you can follow allong during class. There are also videos posted of all lectures if you miss a class or need to get ahead.       

Online Homework:  All homework will be completed online using the MyMathLab website.  Help buttons will be available for each problem in MyMathLab, and you may rework problems multiple times until you get the correct answer.  Due dates will be posted on the class schedule in Blackboard and also on the MyMathLab website.  Though this homework will be submitted online, I strongly recommend that you keep an organized log of written work to accompany each homework assignment to better learn the process of solving problems.

Online Test Reviews:  Reviews will be assigned on MyMathLab before each major exam.  Each review functions as a practice exam.  Expect your grade on the exam to be similar to your grade on the review.  Keep in mind that you may work the review problems multiple times to keep improving your grade and to better prepare for the exam.  

Exams:  Four chapter exams and a mandatory comprehensive final exam will be given on MyMathLab.  Due dates are posted on the class schedule in Blackboard and also on MyMathLab.  

Students may get help with test reviews from the Academic Success Center - Math  (  Exams are to be taken individually, no "team testing."  See the section on "cheating and plagiarism" for consequences of cheating (team testing).

Make-up exams will not be given.  If an exam is missed, the grade will be replaced with the score you make on the final exam. This policy applies to one exam only. If you miss more than one exam, a grade of zero will be averaged for the other missed exams. If you do not miss a test during the semester, the grade on the mandatory final exam, if higher, will replace the lowest major exam grade.  The final exam date and time will be announced in class.

Portfolios will consist of completing written assignments covering the concepts we have discussed in lecture. Usually these problems require a deeper understanding of the basic concepts and students must apply critical thinking skills. Portfolio assignments will be submitted in blackboard and graded by the instructor. Detailed instructions on format for portfolio assignments will be given in class. Assignment deadlines will be announced as material is covered. I do not accept late portfolio assignments.

Math 0324 and Math 1324 are linked together and known as a co-requisite pairing.  Successful completion of both courses is essential.  One course cannot be dropped without dropping both which might have serious financial aid consequences.  There are no grade recovery options and no extra credit opportunities in this course.  To earn credit, you must pass with a "C" or better average in both courses.  Each of the two classes will have course specific requirements; however, because Math 0324 and Math 1324 are fully integrated, major test grades from Math 1324, including the final, will count in both course gradebooks.

Your course average (A  100 - 90, B  89 - 80, C  79 - 70, D  69 - 60, F Below 60) will be calculated using the following scale:

MML Homework (drop 2):  15%

Attendance:  5%

Portfolios:       5%

Reviews:        5%

Tests:            60%

Final:             10% 

At the end of the semester, your final exam grade will replace your lowest exam grade if it is higher.

I do not accept late work and extra credit is not given. 


Attendance:  Attendance will be taken every day at varying times during class.  To get counted as present, you must attend class the entire time we are meeting.  You are allowed to miss one day without penalty.  For every absence after the first, 5 points will be deducted for your attendance grade.

The deadline to drop this course is May 4, 2021.  To complete the drop process, you must submit your drop form to me for my signature by 5pm on March 3.  If you stop attending class and your average drops below a 60 due to missed assignments and you do not officially drop the course by this deadline, you will receive an F for the course.  

Note:  Late drops will NOT be given under any circumstance.


This is a tentative schedule subject to change by the instructor.

Week Sections to Cover
1 Orientation, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3
2 2.1, 2.2, Exam 1
3 3.1, 3.2, 3.3
4 4.1, 4.2, Exam 2
5 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, Exam 3
6 10.1, 10.2, 10.3
7 10.4, 10.5, Exam 4
8 Prob/Exp Value, Final Exam


Additional Information

Food/Drink: It is the policy of the Mathematics & Engineering Department for food and drink to be allowed in the classroom setting at the instructor's discretion.

Phones/Pagers: It is the policy of the Mathematics & Engineering Department that cell phones and pagers must be turned off or on silent mode in the classrooms and the computer labs. During testing, phones must be stored out of sight and in silent mode. If a student answers a call during a test, the test will be collected and graded with no further work being done.

AC Connect:  Students will be required to login to AC Connect on a regular basis to check e-mail, course announcements, and grades. To get into AC Connect, use the website address: . Once you have logged in, you should see our class listed on your home page. If you need help logging into the site, contact Ask AC at (806) 371-5000

MyMathLab:  all instructions on how to register in MML will be given in class.  

Free Help:  If you feel yourself getting behind in class or having problems with certain concepts covered, get help immediately.  It is YOUR responsibility to get help outside of class.

The following are a few ways to get FREE help outside of class:

  1. Contact your instructor to make an appointment for help.
  2. Get free tutoring from the Academic Success Center - Math (Outreach Center) (Durrett Hall, Room 104, 371-5119).  You will need your AC ID to sign in.  
    Hours:    Monday - Friday  8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sunday closed
  3. If you need help with AC Connect, you can contact the AC Help Center at 371-5000, or via email at
  4. Smarthinking (link on the left of Bb shell)

A Note from the Instructor:  As you already know, success in a math class takes work, commitment, and perseverance. As your instructor, I am here to facilitate your efforts to reach your educational goals. I am looking forward to working with each and every one of you this semester. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need help.

Math Testing Center (Durrett 103) Academic Success Center - Math (Outreach Center)  (Durrett 104)
Monday - Thursday Monday - Thursday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday Friday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday Saturday
9:00 am - 8:00 pm 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
371-5088 371-5119


Syllabus Created on:

03/13/21 7:58 AM

Last Edited on:

03/13/21 8:14 AM