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MA270A: Financial Mathematics I (Winter 2019)

Calendar Description

An introduction to mathematical methods from linear algebra, calculus, and probability theory used in the financial analysis of problems in areas such as bond pricing, capital budgeting, making decisions under certainty/uncertainty, utility theory, portfolio optimization, binomial and log-normal asset pricing models, introductory no-arbitrage pricing of forwards and options, risk analysis.


MA103 (or MA110*), MA122, MA170, ST259 (or MA240) or a similar course in probability and statistics (e.g., EC205, EC255, EC285).


Professor Adam Metzler (PhD)
Office: LH3039 (Lazaridis Hall)
Office Hours: Tuesday 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. 
E: ametzler@wlu.ca
T: x4656


Monday and Wednesday 4 p.m. - 5:20 p.m. in 1E1 (Arts Building)

Lab Coordinator

Trevor Saunderson
Office: LH3048 (Lazaridis Hall)
E: tsaunderson@wlu.ca
T: x3012


Financial Mathematics: A Comprehensive Treatment by G. Campolieti and R.N. Makarov, CRC, 2014.


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


Materials related to this course and the full course outline will be posted on the MA270 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: 10%
  • Labs/Assignments: 20%
  • Midterm Test (Friday, March 1, 2019, 5 p.m. - 6:20 p.m.): 30%
  • Final Exam (2.5 hours; 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 MA270 and is provided for the convenience of students.