| Math 111-001
Linear Mathematical Modeling
ST 1 124
|Instructor: Ellen O'Brien|
Office: ST 1 222A
Office Hours: M,W 12:00-1:00,
Web Address: http://math.gmu.edu/~eobrien
Prerequisite: Score of 75 on the Pre-Algebra section of the Math Placement Test.
Text: Finite Mathematics and Its Applications , Tenth Edition, by Goldstein,
Schneider and Siegel, Prentice Hall 2010
Course Description: This course meets the quantitative reasoning requirement, one of the Foundation requirements
of the University General
Education program. The goal of the Foundation requirement is to help ensure that students are
equipped with the tools and techniques necessary to succeed in college and throughout their lives and careers.
Grading: Your grade for the course will calculated based on three exams, four sets of Matlab problems, five quizzes and a final exam. The Matlab assignments are worth 25 points each (total 100 points) , quizzes are 10 points each, tests are each worth 100 points and the final exam is worth 150 points. The sum of these grades divided by 6 determines your grade according to the scale:
A: 90-100 B:80-89.9 C:70-79.9 D:65-69.9 F: below 65
Homework: Homework problems will be assigned at the end of each class and reviewed at the beginning of the next class meeting. Reading the sections of the text related to the problems is part of the homework assignment. Assigned problems will be posted after each class. There is also a link to the homework assigments at the top of this page
Calculators: You are welcome to use calculators for class work, homework,
and exams. Our textbook includes notes on the use of
TI-83. You are not required to get this particular calculator but if
you have one, feel free to use it. Matrix calculations on exams are to be done by hand
Computers: We will be using Matlab to help with matrix calculations. This software is available for student use either on campus or remotely on mason.gmu.edu. The system requires your PatriotPass. If you have not activated it go here:
There are computer Labs in Innovations Hall, the Johnson Centerin rooms 340, 341, and 343. For hours of operation of these labs and other locations see
Click on the Matlab button above to get more information on using Matlab Page
Honor Code: Sharing information about exams of any kind will result in a grade of zero. The Matlab assignments are NOT group projects. Each student is to work independently at the computer terminal and hand in his or her own computer printout. Any violations will result in a grade of zero for all students involved. See the GMU Honor Code
Disability statement: If you are a student with a disability and you need academic accommodations, please see me and contact the Office of Disability Resources at 703.993.2474. All academic accommodations must be arranged through that office.
Tutoring Center: The Math Tutoring Center is located in the Johnson Center Rm 344. Help is available on a walk-in basis.
General Remarks: Please be considerate of other students.