Spring 2012, Math 131, Introduction to Finite Mathematics

Section 2, Section 2, TuTh: 10:45 a.m.-noon, Darwin 35


Contact Info: Dr. Ai-Chu Wu, Darwin 114M, wu@sonoma.edu, (707) 664-4117 x3.
Office Hours: Darwin 114M, TuTh: 10 - 10:40 am, MW: 2-3 p.m. I will always be there for you.

Values: Trust, Teamwork, Quality, Fun

We trust that we will all do our best. TEAM = Together each achieves more.
We strive for highest quality. We try to have fun as we learn.
Everyone contributes to a positive learning environment.


PhD, Population Ecology, Statistics focus, UI Chicago
Master of Public Health, Biostatistics, UC Berkeley
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Biostatistics, UC Berkeley


Lecturer, Sonoma State University, MATH 35, 45, 107, 131, 165, 250, 265, 367.
Founder and Consultant, Ai-Chu Wu, Ph. D. Statistical Consulting
Senior Quality and Statistical Consultant, Quality Program Manager, HP/Agilent



Learn when and how to apply linear models, linear programming, sets and counting, probability, statistics, and the mathematics of finance (interest, annuities, and amortization) to solve real-world problems.

Develop self-learning, critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills.

Prerequisite: Intermediate Algebra including linear equations, interpretations of functions and areas bounded by curves, and inequalities.




Finite Mathematics: An Applied Approach, by Michael Sullivan (2008), 10th ed., John Wiley & Sons. Get a used book as soon as possible.  Preview the topics covered and identify your questions before each lecture.

Calculator: Use TI83 (or plus) or TI84 (or plus) for class activities and exams.


Web Resources:

Moodle: syllabus, lecture notes and slides, homework guidelines, etc.

Fun Statistics Applets: http://statweb.calpoly.edu/bchance/applets/applets.html


Library Resources:


Calculator Manual



Review - quizzes, questions and answers.

Lecture - key points, examples, and applications.

Practice - individual and team show and tell.

Expectations: before, during, and after every class.


Preview textbook and try homework exercises before lecture.

Arrive on time and pay 100% attention.

Turn off cell phones, earphones and other distracting devices.

Speak up whenever you have suggestions or questions.

Be responsible for materials covered in every class.

Form a study group to think, show, and tell finite mathematics.

Use technology: Moodle and TI calculator.

Use help: Free one-on-one SSU tutor and my office hours.

Lecture and Homework Schedule: Click

GE Requirements: This course fulfills one General Education (GE) requirement. The GE Mission and objectives are at http://www.sonoma.edu/senate/gefuture/.


Participation = 10%, Quiz = 20%, Three Midterm Exams = 50%, Final Exam = 20%.
Make sure that you can take all exams before adding this class.


A = 90%, B+ = 87%, B = 80%, C+ = 77%, C = 70%, D+ = 67%, D = 60%, F = below 60%.


Policy: Math and Statistics Department has a policy at:


All exams are written in class. No makeup for homework, quiz, and exam.

I drop two lowest quizzes and participation.  I also use the final exam to replace the lowest midterm exam, if it is better than the midterm.

University Policies:


Special Needs:

Please let me know in the first week if you have any special needs.


Jan. 3, 2012 by acw.