I. Course Prefix/Number: MAT 143
Course Name: Finite Mathematics
Credits: 4 (4 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
- Use matrix methods to solve system of equations and inequalities.
- Formulate maximum and minimum linear optimization problems by writing a system of linear equations or inequalities from a written description.
- Solve systems of linear inequalities algebraically, graphically, and using the simplex method.
- Solve mathematics of finance problems.
- Perform operations on sets, including unions, intersections, differences, and complements.
- Solve applications problems using Venn Diagrams.
- Calculate basic probabilities using classical methods, conditional probability, and Bayes Theorem.
- Calculate probabilities using the concepts of counting theory and interpret the results in a summary sentence.
- Use statistical procedures to analyze data, including measures of center and variation, and the normal distribution.
- 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
- Demonstrate effective use of technology to facilitate problem solving.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• 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
- Matrix algebra.
- Solving systems of linear equations by matrix methods.
- Systems of inequalities and linear programming.
- Application of matrices including simplex method, Markov chains, Leontief matrices, and game theory.
- Set theory, logic and Boolean Algebra.
- Counting and probability theory.
- Mathematics of finance.
- Basic statistical concepts.
- Mathematical modeling.
VII. Methods of Instruction
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
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.
IX. Instructional Materials
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
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
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.