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MA170A: Introduction to Mathematics for Finance (Spring 2018)

Calendar Description

An introduction to the theory of interest. Mathematical models and their analysis for problems involving fixed interest rates. Simple and compound interest. Cash flows, annuities, amortization and sinking funds. (Zero-)coupon bonds.


12U Advanced Functions, or equivalent, or permission of the department.


Tracy Lemieux (MSc, MA)
Office location: LH3070 (Lazaridis Hall)
Office hours: As announced in class, or by appointment.
E: tlemieux@wlu.ca


Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30 p.m. - 6:50 p.m. in SB103 (Schlegel Centre)

Lab Coordinator

Andrew Kabbes
E: akabbes@wlu.ca
Office: LH3046
Telephone: x4519


Brown, R.L., Kopp, S., and Zima, P. (2015) Mathematics of Finance, 8th Canadian Edition.


Students may use a non-programmable, non-graphing calculator on courses tests and the final examination.


Materials related to this course and the full course outline will be posted on the MA170 MyLearningSpace website. You are responsible for checking here on a regular basis for important announcements.


A final mark out of 100 will be calculated as follows:

  • WeBWorK Homework Assignments (1 each week): 10%
  • Laboratories (completed during each lab): 25%
  • Midterm Exam (Thursday, June 21, 2018, in class): 25%
  • Final Exam (Aug. 3-16, 2018; exact date, time and location to be announced): 40%

Students must achieve a score of at least 40% of the marks available on the final examination to be eligible to pass the course. The final mark will be reported as a letter grade in accordance with the conversion table of the current undergraduate calendar.

This document is a summary of the course outline for MA170 and is provided for the convenience of students.