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MA170B: Introduction to Mathematics for Finance (Winter 2019)

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.


Andrew Kabbes (MSc)
Office: LH3046 (Lazaridis Hall)
Office hours: As announced in class, or by appointment.
E: akabbes@wlu.ca
T: x4519


Tuesday and Thursday, 11:30 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. in P110A/110B (Peters Building)

Lab Coordinator

Andrew Kabbes
Office: LH3046 (Lazaridis Hall)
E: akabbes@wlu.ca
T: x4519


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


You will require 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): 7%
  • WeBWorK Quizzes (completed during each lab): 8%
  • Lab Assignments (completed during each lab): 15%
  • Midterm Exam (Thursday, Feb. 26, 2019): 30%
  • Final Exam (April 10-30, 2019; 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.