MATH 160: Finite Mathematics for Business




Finite Mathematics is a course focusing on mathematical concepts that have applications to business related ideas. The prerequisite level of mathematics knowledge needed is covered in UIC's Math 090 Intermediate Algebra course.

Topic areas include Systems of Linear Equations, an introduction to Matrix concepts plus an Economics application, the graphing approach to Linear Programming, counting techniques with basic combinatorial calculations, probability including conditional probability, independent events, and Bayes' Theorem, an introduction to Statistics, and an introduction to Markov processes using matrices.

There is very strong emphasis throughout the material on applications, so the student should expect the exercises to lean heavily on word problems.

There is also an emphasis on using some technology to assist in finding the answers to many exercises in many of the topic areas. This emphasis is chosen to give business degree students an opening look at how technology will likely enter into their working careers once they leave the university.


Finite Mathematics and Its Applications, Tenth Edition by Goldstein, Schneider, and Siegel.

We will cover most of chapters 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, and 8. The online software MyMathLab will be used with the textbook. You are required to purchase a MyMathLab Student Access Kit and register for the course number that will be given to you by your TA. You can purchase the Student Access Kit in the campus bookstore or online. It is recommended that you buy a paper copy of the textbook. However, there is an abridged electronic version available with your MyMathLab account.


A calculator is necessary to do many problems throughout the course. A graphing calculator such as the TI-83 or TI-84 with matrix, list and statistics capabilities is required.


MATH 090 or a grade of C or better in MATH 121 or appropriate performance on the UIC mathematics placement test or a MATH ACT subscore of 27.


Math 160 uses an online system administered by the textbook publishers called MyMathLab(MML). It is in this online system that students will do ALL homework to count as part of their grade. Also in this system are 6 Chapter quizzes.

MML Homework: the student is able to re-attempt any homework question as many times as necessary to get a correct answer, and has many help features available when trying these exercises. Note also that each section homework assignment has a due date, which is listed in multiple places within the MML system.

MML Quizzes: there is one quiz for each chapter covered in the textbook, the questions being very similar to those that made up the homework assignments from throughout said chapter. Each quiz may be attempted up to 3 times, with the highest score always being counted in the student's grade average. The help features are not available when taking the quiz, but are made available when the student reviews the quiz from the MML gradebook pages. Also, please note that the entire quiz must be taken at one sitting and then submitted in its entirety for grading.

Each student will need to sign up for this course on MyMathLab.

(Those students who used MML in a pervious semester, make sure you are signed out before you do the below)

  1. Go to
  2. Click register as a student
  3. It will then ask for your course ID. The course ID depends on which Instructor and TA you have in Spring 2013.

From there, you will need to create a Pearson account. If you already have one from a previous semester, you can just log in. Later on, you will need your 6 digit access code which came with the book or course packet. If you have NOT purchased a book or course packet, it will give you the option to purchase an access code online.


The course grade for the semester will be determined by Midterms, Quizzes and the Final Exam as shown below:


All Homework is done within MyMathLab.

Quizzes are handled BOTH in MyMathLab and in the Classroom on Tu/Th.

There will be 6 In-Class Quizzes, the Best 5 will count and there are NO Make-Up Quizzes.


The chapters will be covered in order: 2,3,5,6,7,8 and there will be two midterm exams. Go to the Homework link for details.

1 2.1 - 2.2 See homework for day by day details
2 2.3 - 2.4  
3 2.5 - 2.6  
4 3.1 - 3.2  
5 3.3,5.1 - 5.3  
6 5.4 - 5.6 Exam 1 on Friday, Feb 22
7 5.6 - 5.8  
8 6.1 - 6.4  
9 6.5 - 6.6  
10 6.6 - 6.7  
11 7.1 - 7.2  
12 7.2 - 7.4 Exam 2 on Friday, April 12
13 7.5 - 7.7  
14 8.1 - 8.2  
15 8.3, Review Final Exam on 5/9 at 6-8PM


Students with disabilities who require special accommodations for access and participation in this course must be registered with the Office of Disability Services (ODS). Students who need exam accommodations must contact ODS in the first week of the term to arrange a meeting with a Disability Specialist. Please contact ODS at 312/413-2183 (voice) or 312/413-0123 (TTY).


We are conducting a study of the new ALEKS placement test and we want to know the opinions of the incoming freshmen who took the test.

Math 160 freshmen students please to go to and take a couple of minutes to do the survey?

We would like the survey to be done before the end of the second week of the semester.