MAT120 - Concepts of Mathematics & Technology

Syllabus, Spring 2013


Section A Section B
Three (3) Credit Hours
Time: 8:00-9:15 a.m., (T, Th)
Room: HR 312 (Labs in HR 314)
Three (3) Credit Hours
Time: 12:45-2:00 p.m., (T, Th)
Room: HR 312 (Labs in HR 314)

Office Hours: As shown below and by appointment.


Text: Concepts of Math and Technology by Angel, Abbott, Runde and Blitzer, 2012 custom edition for Asbury University, published by Pearson: selections from A Survey of Mathematics with Applications (2009) and Thinking Mathematically (2011), ISBN 13-978-1-256-43400-9

Prerequisite: MAT 100 or ACT/SAT Math score of 22/510 or higher.


This course is a survey of topics from finance and statistics with an introduction to the use of spreadsheets to generate mathematical models to solve problems. The course emphasizes the practical application of concepts and basic computer skills in the solution of realistic problems.

For approximately half of the class sessions we will meet in a regular classroom and for the other half we will meet in the computer lab. The lecture sessions generally focus on general concepts using a calculator to implement the corresponding mathematical models. In most of the lab sessions you will use spreadsheet software to implement mathematical models based on the concepts presented in the lecture sessions. One lab session will be used to administer the finance test. The statistics test will also be administered in the computer lab during final exam week.

Students successfully completing this course will be able to


Grades will be assigned on the basis of the following activities:

Grading Scale

Final grades will based on the following scale:

Grade Points
    A 326-350
    A- 315-325
    B+ 305-314
    B 291-304
    B- 280-290
    C+ 270-279
    C 256-269
    C- 245-255
    D 210-244
    F 000-209


All students are expected to attend class and to complete assignments and readings outside of class. If a student misses a class, the student is responsible for the work missed. The registrar will excuse an absence due to

When you present me with the official excused absence form, you will be permitted to make up any quiz or test you might have missed. An excused absence does not give you an excuse to turn homework in late. Homework can be turned in early by slipping it under my door, giving it to the Hamann-Ray administrative assistant (located on the middle of the second floor on the front side of the building), or giving it to a classmate to bring to class.

Decisions regarding missed or late work resulting from such circumstances as travel difficulties, bad weather, conflicting schedules, oversleeping, minor sickness, doctor or dentist appointments, job interviews, discretionary trips (such as weddings), and family responsibilities will be at my discretion and will be made on a case by case basis.

You can find Asbury University's attendance policy in the university bulletin at the following link:



The work (quiz or test) submitted by a student is expected to be the product of the student alone. In this course, cheating includes unauthorized collaboration (giving or receiving help from some person) and unauthorized access to sources (including notes, cheat sheets, digital documents, and so on). Incidents of academic dishonesty will be recorded in your permanent file. In addition, the following penalties will apply:

You can find Asbury University's complete academic integrity policy in the university bulletin at the following link:



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To apply for a tutor, please locate the application on the CAE website https://www.asbury.edu/academics/cae.

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7-11 LAB

The mathematics department sponsors an open lab in HR 314 from 7:00 to 11:00 each weekday evening from Monday through Thursday. The student lab assistants have all had at least a full-year of calculus and should be able to answer your questions. You may need to describe the context of a problem or give them a formula because they have not taken MAT 120. However, they should certainly know how to do the mathematics involved.


Note: LAB indicates that we will meet in the computer lab, HR 314, that day.  On lecture days, the "Material Covered" column lists the section(s) in the text that will be covered. For lab days, the lab topic is listed.

Quizzes will be given on dates marked with an asterisk. Each of those dates is also a link to a sample quiz that shows you exactly what type of problems to expect on the actual quiz.

Some of the items listed in the "Material Covered" column are links to appropriate online resources. Content links take you to online supplemental material covering the same topic. Lab links take you to online material that you will work through for that lab project. Test links take you to a sample test.

Month Day Material Covered
Jan 8 3.1 Percent
  10* LAB - Percent
  15* 3.2 Simple Interest
  17* LAB - Simple Interest
  22* 3.3 Compound Interest
  24 LAB - Compound Interest
  29* LAB - Compound Interest
  31* 3.4 Ordinary Annuities (Savings)
Feb 5 3.4 Ordinary Annuities (Savings)
  7* LAB - Savings
  12 Assessment Day
  14 LAB - Savings
  19* 3.5 Ordinary Annuities (Loans)
  21 3.5 Ordinary Annuities (Loans)
  26* LAB - Loans
  28 LAB - Loans
Mar 5* LAB - Finance Review
  7 LAB - Finance Test
  12 Spring Break
  14 Spring Break
  19 2.1 - 2.2 Sampling Techniques & Misuses of Statistics
  21 2.3 Frequency Distributions
  26 2.4 Statistical Graphs
  28 LAB - Ungrouped Frequency Distributions
Apr 2* LAB - Grouped Frequency Distributions
  4* 2.5 Measures of Central Tendency
  9 2.6 Measures of Dispersion
  11* LAB - Descriptive Statistics
  16 LAB - Descriptive Statistics
  18* 2.7 Normal Curve
  23 2.7 Normal Curve
  25* LAB - Statistics Review
May 1 LAB - Statistics Test (Section A-Statistics Exam), 8:45 - 10:00 A.M.
  2 LAB - Statistics Test (Section B-Statistics Exam), 10:30 - 11:45 A.M.