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THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY IN DUBAI CLASS SYLLABUS FOR MATH 160 I. Course Description Name of Course: Business Mathematics (MTH 160) Credit Hours: 3 Catalog description: In this course students develop the main mathematical tools, ways of reasoning, and understandings necessary for the successful modeling and solving of business problems. Topics include systems of linear equations and their solution methods, elementary matrix manipulations, and basic probability concepts. The basic calculus concepts such as functions, derivatives, integrals, and the fundamental theorem of calculus are also explored. Prerequisites: Placement or MTH099 Student must know the material taught in most high school algebra courses or in Math 098 and 099. Students must be completely familiar with the basic operations, including the properties for addition using a common denominator, multiplication and division of fractions, and the rules for exponents. Students must be able to solve linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, students must understand the concept of function, be familiar with notation to write functions, and be able to graph linear and quadratic functions. Students must understand polynomials, including factoring and rational functions. Students must understand radicals, including the various ways there are to write them. II. Instructor Information Name: Dr. Mark Burtch Location: E305B Telephone: 971-4-399-9000 Fax Number: 971-4-399-8899 Office hours: S/T/TH 3:00-4:30 M/W 1:30-3:30 Instructional Methods: Student exploration and discussion in small groups (40%); whole-class discussions (40%); lectures (20%). Short Bio I am from the US. I grew up in Texas, but have lived in Arizona the past 9 years. I have been teaching mathematics for 15 years. I recently completed my Ph.D. in Undergraduate Mathematics Education at Arizona State University. My specialty is in the area of the social dynamics of the undergraduate mathematics classroom with an emphasis on conjecturing. I have been married for 14 years and we have three children. I enjoy reading, playing golf, and talking to students about all sorts of things.
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III.Textbook and Supplies Textbook: Mathematics with Applications, 8 th edition, by Lial and Hungerford You will need a calculator . It will be preferable to utilize a graphing calculator. I will be using a TI graphing calculator, however, a Casio or HP is fine.
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