Finite Mathematics

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MAT 143

       Course Name: Finite Mathematics

       Credits: 4 (4 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

MAT 140 with a grade of C or better or an appropriate score on the Mathematics Assessment Test.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

This course is an introduction to finite mathematics through the study of sets, logic, functions, matrices, counting and probability theory, linear programming, game theory, and the mathematics of finance with applications to the field of social sciences and business. Computers are used for computational aspects of Finite Mathematics.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Use matrix methods to solve system of equations and inequalities.
  2. Formulate maximum and minimum linear optimization problems by writing a system of linear equations or inequalities from a written description.
  3. Solve systems of linear inequalities algebraically, graphically, and using the simplex method.
  4. Solve mathematics of finance problems.
  5. Perform operations on sets, including unions, intersections, differences, and complements.
  6. Solve applications problems using Venn Diagrams.
  7. Calculate basic probabilities using classical methods, conditional probability, and Bayes Theorem.
  8. Calculate probabilities using the concepts of counting theory and interpret the results in a summary sentence.
  9. Use statistical procedures to analyze data, including measures of center and variation, and the normal distribution.
  10. Apply matrices to varied applications in business and the social sciences through such techniques as the simplex method, Leontief matrices, Markov chains, and/or game theory
  11. Demonstrate effective use of technology to facilitate problem solving.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Matrix algebra.
  2. Solving systems of linear equations by matrix methods.
  3. Systems of inequalities and linear programming.
  4. Application of matrices including simplex method, Markov chains, Leontief matrices, and game theory.
  5. Set theory, logic and Boolean Algebra.
  6. Counting and probability theory.
  7. Mathematics of finance.
  8. Basic statistical concepts.
  9. Mathematical modeling.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

(To be completed by instructor.)

Methods of presentation can include lectures, discussion, demonstration, experimentation, audio-visual aids, group work, and regularly assigned homework. Calculators / computers will be used when appropriate.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

(To be completed by instructor.)

Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Textbooks can also be found at our Mathematics Textbooks page.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

(To be completed by instructor.)

Evaluation methods can include graded homework, chapter or major tests, quizzes, individual or group projects, calculator / computer projects and a final examination.

The following applies to the online section of this course only:
This online course requires that students take their exams as directed by their instructor: either on campus at Oakton's Testing Center, at an authorized testing center with a face-to-face monitor, or remotely through a pre-approved testing service.   (To be customized by instructor.)

XI.   Other Course Information

Individual instructors will establish and announce specific policies regarding attendance, due dates and make-up work, incomplete grades, etc.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.