MATH-123 Finite Mathematics

Mathematics, Statistics & Computer Science Department

COURSE NO./TITLE: MATH-123 (355-123) Finite Mathematics


COURSE DESCRIPTION: Real number system, systems of linear equations and inequalities, sets, functions, vectors, matrices, probability, linear programming, theory of games, Markov chains.

Prerequisite: MATH-110 or MATH-120 or consent of department chair.


  • Finite Mathematics, 9th by Goldstein (adopted 8/06)
  • (Adopted F03: Finite Mathematics, 7th Ed., by Lial)
    (Previously used Finite Mathematics an Applied Approach, 7th Ed., by Mizrahi & Sullivan)
  • (Prior to Fall 97: Finite Math and Its Applications, 2nd Ed., by Farlow)

COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course the student will:

  1. Understand a body of mathematical theory and possess a variety of mathematical skills, such as solving systems of equations.
  2. Appreciate the application of this theory to practical problems and demonstrate the ability to apply the theory to examination problems chosen to represent or suggest practical situations.
  3. Relate their theory and skills to later coursework.


  1. Real Numbers
  2. Sets
  3. Functions
  4. Linear Equations and Inequalities
  5. Systems of Linear Equations and Linear Inequalities
  6. Vectors
  7. Matrices
  8. Probability in Finite Sample Spaces
  9. Linear Programming
  10. Theory of Games
  11. Markov Chains

Revised 8/06