Mathematics for Business & Social Sciences Syllabus for 2021-2022
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Engineering E 210A

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SUMMER I 2022  (May 23 to July 01, 2022)

Monday -- Thursday: 12:30 pm to 01:00 pm [Or/ By appointment]

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MATH-1324-004 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)

Class Type

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


Required: My Math Lab Student Access Kit
Optional : Finite Mathematics and Calculus with Applications,  Eleventh 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 access to a printer to produce class notes.

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.

Calculator:  You will need a graphing calculator for this course. All computations and demonstrations in class will be done using a TI-84 Plus. 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

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.


Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Log in using the AC Connect Portal

In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at .

If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

Class Days:  We will meet in person on everyday Monday through Thursday at Room Number Engineering 204, 09:00 am to 10:15 am [Washington Street Campus, Amarillo College].  This is not a tech-supported course. So, regular class participation is required.

Student Responsibilities:   Students are expected to be ON TIME and PREPARED for class daily.  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

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.  Assignment deadlines will be announced in class and indicated in MyMathLab with each homework assignment.  Although 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.  Two online homework assignments will be dropped when calculating your overall homework average.  I do not accept late homework. 

Portfolios: 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 class 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.

Exam Reviews:  Reviews will be assigned before each major exam and serve as a practice exam.  You must turn in a completed exam review before you will be allowed to take your exam.  

Exams:  Four exams and a comprehensive final exam will be given and completed in the Math Testing Center outside of class time. No late exams will be given, no matter the reason.  The Math Testing Center rules are included at the end of the syllabus.  Students must show an Amarillo College ID and turn in an exam review before testing.  If you know in advance that you will be gone during the assigned exam dates, you MUST make arrangements with your instructor to take the exam early in the Math Testing Center.  At the end of the semester, if you miss an exam or score low on an exam you may replace the score with the grade you make on the final exam, if it is higher.  Only one exam is replaceable by the final exam.

All graded exams will be kept on file in your instructor's office. If you score below a 70 on an exam, you will be required to spend at least one hour receiving help in the Math Outreach Center before you will be allowed to take the next exam.

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.

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:       10%

Reviews:        5%

Exams:        50%

Final:            15% 

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 3,Tuesday,  2022.  To complete the drop process, you must submit your drop form to me for my signature by 5pm on May 02, Monday.  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 – 806.371.5088)
Monday – Thursday: 8am – 9pm
Friday:  8am – 8pm
Saturday: 9am – 8pm
No test handed out less than an hour before closing.

Math Academic Success Center (Durrett104 – 806.371.5119)

In-Person Tutoring
Monday – Friday: 8am – 8pm
Saturday: 9am – 8pm

Virtual Tutoring
Monday: 8am – 8pm
Tuesday – Friday: 8am – 11pm
Saturday: 9am – 11pm
Sunday:  2pm – 6pm
Zoom Link:


  • An Amarillo College picture ID is required in order to take a test in the Math Lab. 
  • Books can be placed in the bookshelf before you request a test but Amarillo College is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • Once you have begun work on a test that is considered one attempt. You cannot leave the Math Lab and return to finish that test at a later time.
  • In the testing room, please do not sit by someone with the same colored test. All purses must be on the floor.
  • The Math Lab will not hand out a test less than one hour before closing time.
  • The Math Lab personnel will pick up your test five minutes prior to closing time.
  • The Math Lab hours are posted on the outside door and in this syllabus.
  • Please come prepared. If you do not have a pencil, you may purchase one from the Math Lab for 25 cents.  Please bring exact change. Pens are not allowed on any test.
  • Childcare arrangements must be made prior to testing. Children may not accompany students into testing room or be left unattended anywhere on campus.
  • Cell phones must be turned off as not to disturb other students who are testing. NO CELL PHONES in the Testing Room. If we see your cell phone out AT ANY TIME, FOR ANY REASON, while in the testing room, YOU WILL RECEIVE an "F" for the course!

Students will be required to turn in a course contract before being allowed to test.  The contract and instructions will be given in class.

Syllabus Created on:

03/18/22 12:29 PM

Last Edited on:

03/18/22 12:38 PM