Fall 2023 Course Syllabus
Course: MATH-1324 (Section: 01, CRN: 92684)
Mathematics for Business and Social Science
LSCPA Logo Image
Instructor Information
Instructor Paul Hay
Email haypa@lamarpa.edu
Phone (409) 984-6549
Office Student Center - Room: 418
Office Hours Monday, Wednesday, and Friday - 10 AM - 1:30 PM
Additional Contact Information Only email your instructor using your official lamarpa.edu address. Email from personal accounts will be ignored.
Course Information
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.
Required Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

Business Precalculus, by Lippman, 2016.

This is an open source text, and is available to download for free online at:
(It is also available on Blackboard)

Additional Materials/Resources None.
MATH-0332 Intermediate Algebra

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
  • Apply elementary functions, including linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and exponential functions to solving real-world problems.
  • Solve mathematics of finance problems, including the computation of interest, annuities, and amortization of loans.
  • Apply basic matrix operations, including linear programming methods, to solve application problems.
  • Demonstrate fundamental probability techniques and application of those techniques, including expected value, to solve problems.
  • Apply matrix skills and probability analyses to model applications to solve real-world problems.
Core Objectives
  • Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and/or visual communication.
  • Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.
  • Empirical and Quantitative Skills: Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.
Lecture Topics Outline
Unit 1: Introduction to Functions and Rates of Change
    1.1 Functions and Function Notation
    1.2 Domain and Range
    1.3 Rates of Change and Behavior of Graphs
Unit 2: Linear Functions and Models
    1.4 Linear Functions
    1.5 Graphs of Linear Functions
1.6 Modeling with Linear Functions
Unit 3: Linear Systems and Matrices
    2.1 Systems of Equations
    2.2 Solving Systems using Matrices
Unit 4: Matrix Operations and Equations
    2.3 Matrix Operations
    2.4 Solving Systems with Inverses
Unit 5: Inequalities and Linear Programming
    3.1 Inequalities   
    3.2 Linear Inequalities
    3.3 Graphical Solutions

Unit 6: Basics of Probability
    8.1 Concepts of Probability
    8.2 Conditional Probability and Bayes' Theorem
    8.4 Expected Value
Unit 7: Exponential and Logarithmic Functions and Models
    5.1 Exponential Functions
    5.2 Logarithmic Functions
    5.3 Exponential and Logarithmic Models
Unit 8: Applications to Finance
    6.1 Simple and Compound Interest
    6.2 Annuities
    6.3 Payout Annuities
    6.4 Loans
Major Assignments Schedule MATH_1324_01_202390_P00346429.pdf
Final Exam Date December 12, 2023 - 12:30 PM   Through  December 12, 2023 - 2:00 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A 80 - 89=B  70 - 79=C   60 - 69=D  Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Exam 1: 15%
Exam 2: 15%
Exam 3: 15%
Exam 4: 15%
Quiz AVG: 15%
HW AVG: 15%
Written Problems: 5%
Attendance: 5%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies Blackboard/MyOpenMath:

All of your course materials and assignments are accessible through MyOpenMath via Blackboard. You will not need to sign up for or log on to any outside website, as everything will be integrated fully into Blackboard. MyOpenMath is an open-source program and does not require any access code or payment before using. If this is the only course you are taking this semester, or if all of your other classes use open-source (OER) resources, you should consider opting out of the Seahawk Book Bundle program. 


All homework is due by the end of the semester and will be completed online using MyOpenMath, accessed through Blackboard. Simply log on to Blackboard to get started. Your homework average will count as 15% of your final grade.

Written Assignments:

Each unit of material contains a brief written problem or assignment. The written assignments will be due the same day as their respective Unit Quiz, and the average of your scores will count as 5% of your final grade.


See "Attendance Policy" information listed below.  Your attendance will count as 5% of your final grade.


There will be several quizzes at regular intervals throughout the semester, with each being due the day before their respective exams. Please refer to the schedule on Blackboard for more information on the quiz due dates. Quizzes will be administered through MyOpenMath, and your Quiz Average will count as 15% of your final grade. I will drop your lowest quiz grade, no questions asked, and there will be no extensions or make-ups given for any quizzes otherwise.


There will be four exams scheduled at regular intervals throughout the semester, each one covering two units of material. Approximate dates for the exams are available on the schedule on Blackboard. I will announce more specific details about exams in class about a week before they occur. Exams will be administered in class and will each count as 15% of your final grade. There will be no extensions or make-ups granted for any exams, and any conflicts with any of the scheduled exams must be brought to my attention beforehand.

Final Exam:

The final exam is optional and will be used to replace your lowest exam score from the four exams. The final exam will be administered in class during the last week of the semester.
Attendance Policy Students are expected to be present and ON TIME for all class meetings, therefore attendance will be recorded at the beginning of each class meeting through the use of a seating chart established by the end of the first week.

In addition to being present and on time for class, you are expected to be prepared and up to date in the material, remain for the entirety of each class meeting, and to be actively engaged in the daily activities and discussions.

Any behavior which is disruptive or disrespectful to either the instructor or students in this class will not be tolerated, and anyone engaging in such behavior will be dealt with appropriately.
Additional Information This syllabus is subject to change as needed throughout the semester. Any major changes will be accompanied by an announcement in class.
Institutional Policies
MyLSCPA Be sure to check your campus email and Course Homepage using MyLSCPA campus web portal. You can also access your grades, transcripts, academic advisors, degree progress, and other services through MyLSCPA.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSCPA policies (Academic Dishonesty section in the Student Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition directly to their local health department. Students should also contact their course faculty to report their quarantine status. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings when directly exposed to COVID 19 in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
Facility Policies No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSCPA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect As per Texas law and LSCPA policy, all LSCPA employees, including faculty, are required to report allegations or disclosures of child abuse or neglect to the designated authorities, which may include a local or state law enforcement agency or the Texas Department of Family Protective Services. For more information about mandatory reporting requirements, see LSCPA's Policy and Procedure Manual.
Title IX and Sexual Misconduct LSCPA is committed to establishing and maintaining an environment that is free from all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and other forms of sexual misconduct. All LSCPA employees, including faculty, have the responsibility to report disclosures of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault (including rape and acquaintance rape), domestic violence, dating violence, relationship violence, or stalking, to LSCPA's Title IX Coordinator, whose role is to coordinate the college's response to sexual misconduct. For more information about Title IX protections, faculty reporting responsibilities, options for confidential reporting, and the resources available for support visit LSCPA's Title IX website.
Clery Act Crime Reporting For more information about the Clery Act and crime reporting, see the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report and the Campus Security website.

Grievance / Complaint / Concern If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.
Department Information
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Steven Zani
Phone:(409) 984-6431