Course title

Finite Math


4th year math/ Algebra 2

Course description

Course Syllabus

Textbook: Mathematics All Around by Thomas Pirnot; 6th edition.

Prerequisite:† Algebra 2 or higher

Course Description:† The goal of this course is to maintain and sharpen students? math skills through the exploration of selected topics in finite (applied) mathematics. Students will be exposed to ?behind the scenes? math that they never knew existed! The following is a summary of the subject material that will be covered as time permits. Applications of all topics (i.e. real world mathematics) will be emphasized throughout the course.

1) † † † Graph Theory

2) † † † Voting Systems and Apportionment

3) † † † Finance and Consumer Math

4) † † † Counting Principles; Probability

5) † † † Data Analysis; Statistics†††††

Connecting Standards for Mathematical Practice and Content

The Standards for Mathematical Practice apply throughout each course and; together with the content standards; prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent; useful; and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations. The practices are as follows: †

Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them

Reason abstractly and quantitatively

Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others

Model with mathematics

Use appropriate tools strategically

Attend to precision

Look for and make use of structure

Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.††

Required Materials:† Students will need a scientific or graphing calculator; lined paper; graph paper and a pencil and eraser. I recommend a 3-ring binder for keeping print-outs.†

Practice:† Learning mathematics requires practice; so students will be solving lots of problems in this course. Students will complete many of these problems during class; but some assignments will need to be completed as homework.†

Test/Quizzes:† Mathematics is also learned through assessments. In general; there will be one assessment (a test or a quiz) every week in Finite Math.

Projects:† Because this class focuses on real-world applications of mathematics; projects will be assigned each semester that will allow students to apply newly learned skills.† Some projects will be done in teams and all will require work to be done outside of class.

Evaluation: The following weighted scale will be used: † † † † † † †

25% Engagement (Classwork/Homework/Participation)

75% Assessments (Test/Quizzes/Projects)†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

Grading Scheme:†††

A† † † 90† ? 100%

B† † † 80† ? 89%

C † † † 70† ? 79%

D† † † 60† ? 69%

School country

United States

School state


School city

San Mateo

High school

Hillsdale High School

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Approved competency code

  • MTHA
  • 4 years of Math

Approved date

Online / Virtual