MATH 1324
Mathematics for Social Sciences
Western Texas College

  1. Basic Course Information:
    1. Course Description: The application of common algebraic functions, including polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, and rational, to problems in business, economics, and the social sciences are addressed. The applications include mathematics of finance, including simple and compound interest and annuities; systems of linear equations; matrices; linear programming; and probability, including expected value.
    2. Any required prerequisites: Students must have successfully completed Math 0303 with a C or higher or have the appropriate placement test score.
    3. Online course content is administered through the college’s learning management system (LMS), Moodle, also called eCampus.  A link to eCampus can be found on and to Moodle (the big M with a graduation cap) on the college’s home page,
  2. Student Learning Outcomes. Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
    1. Apply elementary functions, including linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and exponential functions to solving real-world problems.
    2. Solve mathematics of finance problems, including the computation of interest, annuities, and amortization of loans.
    3. Apply basic matrix operations, including linear programming methods, to solve application problems.
    4. Demonstrate fundamental probability techniques and application of those techniques, including expected value, to solve problems.
    5. Apply matrix skills and probability analyses to model applications to solve real-world problems.
  3. Testing Requirements
    1. All tests and the comprehensive final exam will be proctored
    2. Students are allowed to use a calculator.  However, the TI-89, TI-Inspire with CAS or any other calculator with CAS capability are not permitted
  4. Major Course Requirements
    1. Major Requirement - 3 to 5 tests.
    2. Major Requirement - comprehensive final exam.
    3. Tests 45% - Homework/Quizzes 20% - Labs 10% - Comprehensive Exam 25%
    4. Tests, quizzes, and the final exam are all timed.
    5. Grade- A = 90 – 100, B = 80 – 89, C = 70 – 79, D = 60 – 69, F = 59 and below
  5. Information on Books and Other Course Materials
    1. College Mathematics for Business, Economics, Life Sciences and Social Sciences,
      13th edition by Barnett, Ziegler and Byleen
      Book ISBN:  978-0-321-947383
      Book (á la carte) bundled with MyMathLab ISBN:  978-0-321-947598
    1. Calculators:  A TI-84 or its equivalent is strongly recommended.
  6. Other Policies, Procedures and important dates: Please refer to the WTC Course Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final exam schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Students with disabilities
  7. Planned Course of Study
    The course will cover the following sections*:



Elementary Functions: Graphs and Transformations


Quadratic Functions


Polynomial and Rational Functions


Exponential Functions


Logarithmic Functions


Simple Interest


Compound and Continuous Compound


Future Value of an Annuity; Sinking


Present Value of an Annuity; Amortization


Review: Systems of Linear Equations in Two Variables


Systems of Linear Equations and Augmented Matrices


Gauss-Jordan Elimination


Matrices:  Basic Operations

5.2 Systems of Linear Inequalities in Two Variables
5.3  Linear Programming in Two Dimensions: A Geometric Approach
7.2 Sets
7.3  Basic Counting Principles
7.4  Permutations and Combinations
8.1 Sample Spaces, Events, and Probability
8.2 Union, Intersection, and Complement of Events: Odds
8.3  Conditional Probability, Intersection, and Independence
8.4  Bayes’ Formula
8.5 Random Variable, Probability Distribution, and Expected Value

*Subject to instructor’s discretion



Last Modified: May 30, 2017