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Course Description

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Primarily intended for business and economics students, this course is designed to introduce and reinforce the essential mathematical skills needed to understand, analyze, and solve mathematical problems related to business and economics. Topics covered include basic algebra; functions, including a review of exponential and logarithmic functions; sequences and series with financial applications; limits; continuity; and differential calculus including derivatives, higher order derivatives, and curve sketching.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  • Use basic algebra to simplify and manipulate algebraic equations.
  • Describe and manipulate elementary functions, including logarithmic functions, exponential functions, and linear, quadratic, and higher order polynomials.
  • Sketch, identify, and interpret a wide variety of graphs.
  • Construct and solve systems of linear equations derived from worded descriptions.
  • Interpret the meaning of a limit, and be able to calculate limits involving simple functions and sequences.
  • Describe the differences between sequences and series, and use formulas resulting from finite and infinite series to solve problems involving payments, deposits, and interest rates.
  • Explain the geometric and practical meanings of a derivative, find derivatives of functions, and use derivatives to solve optimization problems.
  • Apply the mathematical methods covered in the course to solve real-world problems in finance, business, and economics.

Course Topics

  • Review of Algebra
  • Linear Equations
  • Quadratic and Higher Order Polynomial Equations
  • Exponentials and Logarithms
  • Systems of Linear Equations
  • Sequences
  • Series
  • Applications to Finance
  • Limits and Continuity
  • Derivatives
  • Curve Sketching
  • Optimization

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): 4U Advanced Functions
Restriction(s): MATH*1080, MATH*1200 Not available to students registered in the BSC program.


Assessment Item Weight
Quizzes (Best 9 of 10) 50%
Take-Home Final Exam 50%
Total 100%

Technical Requirements

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Section Title
Business Mathematics
In-Class Instruction
September 05, 2024 to November 29, 2024
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
Domestic Tuition Fee - Non-Ontario (0.5 units) $745.75 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $3,379.57 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Reading List / Textbook
You may purchase your course textbook, or other required/supplementary reading and learning materials, from the University of Guelph Bookstore or the Guelph Campus Co-op Bookstore, or from another third-party seller. 
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