Prof. Vladimir Dobrushkin
Department of Mathematics

MTH110 (Mathematical Foundations for Business Analysis)

Vladimir A. Dobrushkin,Lippitt Hall 202C, 874-5095,

MTH 110 covers the following topics: equations of first and second degree, inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions. The course emphasis on business applications. Introduction to linear algebra and matrices. Introduction to spreadsheets. Designed for students who want to trengthen their background in math before BAC 120. Not for credit for mathematics majors and not for general education credit.

MTH110, section 02, TR 2:00 - 3:15 pm, Lippitt Hall, room 205

TEXTBOOK: "Applied Mathematics'' by Soo T. Tan, Brooks Cole; 5th edition, 2008. ISBN-10: 0495559679; ISBN-13: 978-0495559672

Course Objectives and Goals:
The goal of MTH 110 is to prepare you for further courses in mathematical analysis for business, especially BUS 111.   This course does NOT satisfy general education requirements since it is expected that you will take a subsequent course that does. 

A calculator (with memory, such as TI-83) is required. Technology will play an important role in this course and we will make extensive use of calculators; please, don't forget to bring your calculator to each class.

Because of the high level of knowledge that will be imparted and assessed during class time, attendance is highly recommended.
Students not attending courses in which they enrolled have the obligation to drop those courses before the drop deadline. Names of students who are absent from the first and second class meetings of a course and who do not notify the course instructor of their intention to attend future class meetings will be submitted to the Office of Enrollment Services for deletion from the class roster. Students who expect to be absent from classes or examinations for University sanctioned events shall discuss this with the instructor at least one week in advance of the sanctioned event(s).

I expect that you will give this course 6-7 hours per week, in addition to class time. This is an approximate figure of course, but don't assume that you can spend less time than this and still get a grade you'll like.  The key to success in this course is the homework material. It is very important that you try all the assigned problems.  The problems assigned for each textbook section indicate what I feel is important in that section and which ideas and skills you should focus on.  If you want to learn the material in this course, you will do the homework. However, I will always begin class by answering all questions pertaining to homework attempted! An important part of this course is strengthening your algebra skills and using them in new ways.  Be prepared to review basic algebra as needed. 

Make-up Exams:

Makeup exams will only be given to students with an acceptable excuse. The only acceptable excuses are religious holy day, family emergency, school sponsored event, job interviews, or sickness. All absences require documentation. For example, sickness, a doctor's excuse. You must let me know before the exam that you will not be able to take the exam in order to be given a makeup exam. All other absences will be given a zero for that exam. No exceptions! Makeup exams will be given at a time that is convenient for both you and me.

Illness Due to Flu:

The nation is experiencing widespread influenza-like illness. If any of us develop flu-like symptoms, we are being advised to stay home until the fever has subsided for 24 hours. So, if you exhibit such symptoms, please do not come to class. Notify me at 874-5095 or of your status, and we will communicate through the medium we have established for the class. We will work together to ensure that course instruction and work is completed for the semester. The simple methods to avoid transmission of illness include: covering your mouth and nose with tissue when coughing or sneezing; frequent washing or sanitizing your hands; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; and staying home when you are sick. For more information please view or <> . URI Health Services web page, <> , will carry advice and local updates. We do not want ill students in class spreading the virus. Students who become sick need to know that they have my permission to stay home and get better without incurring any penalty. Please be advised that ill students do not require to get a note from a health care provider.

Students who require accommodations and who have documentation from Disability Services (874-2098) should make arrangements with me as soon as possible. As part of this process, please be in touch with Disability Services for Students Office at 330 Memorial Union.

Weather phone number:  (401) 874-snow or 874-7669.

Help With Your studies and homework:
Tutors are available at both the providence and kingston campuses. Check with them for specific hours. Also, you can make individual appointments with me. For this, contact me by phone, e-mail, or ask me during class.
I may help you with questions during office hours, or at other times by appointment. Also, I will try to answer questions sent by electronic mail as promptly as possible.

Civility Policy: .
The University of Rhode Island has adopted a civility policy regarding disruptive classroom behaviors. Disruptive behaviors are defined as behaviors that interfere with the learning and/or teaching process. Disruptive behaviors in the classroom include inappropriate talking during lectures or class discussions or in any manner interfering with other student's ability to have a quality learning experience. Students who engage in disruptive behavior will receive one warning without penalty. Continued incidents of disrupting the class will result in the initiation of removal procedures or the loss of a letter grade. Disruptive behaviors include cell phone and pager use. Cell phones and pagers must be turned off, silent, and out of sight during classes, and you should not be checking for calls or messages during class (including "texting"). Common sense and common courtesy should govern classroom civility.

Grading Incomplete (URI regulations): .

  • 8.53.20. A student shall receive a report of "Incomplete" in any course in which the course work has been passing up until the time of a documented precipitating incident or condition, but has not been completed because of illness or another reason which in the opinion of the instructor justifies the report. An instructor who issues a grade of "Incomplete" shall forward a written explanation to the student's academic dean.
  • 8.53.21. The student receiving "Incomplete" shall make necessary arrangement with the instructor or, in the instructor's absence, with the instructor's chairperson to remove the deficiency. This arrangement shall be made prior to the following midsemester for the undergraduate student and within one calendar year for the graduate student.