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Mathematics of Finance

Course Code: FINC 1230
Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Department: Finance
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 Weeks X 4 Hours per Week = 60 Hours
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course will provide an understanding of time value of money and relevant business related mathematical concepts. Topics covered include simple and compound interest, annuities, sinking funds, mortgages, bonds, business investment decisions, linear and non linear cost-volume profit analysis.

Course Content

  1. Pertinent algebra review: weighted average, exponents, logarithms, problem-solving logic.
  2. Graphing of linear functions: using the slope and y intercept as applied to a variety of business problems.
  3. Systems of linear equations: solving two equations for two variables and three equations for three variables. Use of Gauss-Jordan matrices.
  4. Cost-Volume-Profit analysis: linear and quadratic break-even by quantity, dollar amount, percent of capacity.
  5. Simple interest:  time value of money, equivalent values, promissory notes, commercial papers, demand loans.
  6. Compound interest:  present, future and equivalent values, continuous compounding, interest rate and number of conversion period calculations, equivalent and effective interest rates.
  7. Annuities:  ordinary annuities, simple annuities, annuities due, complex annuities; loan amortization, mortgages, perpetuities, bonds and sinking funds; present and future values, payment, interest rate and number of conversion period calculations.
  8. Business investment decisions, including net present value of an investment, payback period calculations.

Methods of Instruction

Material will be presented within a lecture format.

Means of Assessment

Minimum of 3 evaluations, none of which exceed 40%, for a total of 100%.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the successful student should be able to:

  1. perform weighted average, exponential and logarithmic calculations and apply problem solving logic to business-related problems;
  2. demonstrate competence in the solving of financial problems involving the calculation of simple and compound interest and discount, annuities, mortgages, sinking funds, bonds and net present value;
  3. solve basic problems involving systems of linear equations and determine break even and equilibrium positions in business;

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

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course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.