# Finite Mathematics Using Microsoft Excel

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1 Overview and examples from Finite Mathematics Using Microsoft Excel Revathi Narasimhan Saint Peter's College An electronic supplement to Finite Mathematics and Its Applications, 6th Ed., by Goldstein, Schneider, and Siegel, Prentice Hall, 1997

2 Introduction In any introductory mathematics course designed for non-mathematics majors, it is important for the student to understand and apply mathematical ideas in a variety of contexts. With the increased use of advanced software in all fields, it is also important for the student to effectively interact with the new technology. Our goal is to integrate these two objectives in a supplement for the text Finite Mathematics and Its Applications, by Goldstein, Schneider, and Siegel. The package consists of interactive tutorials and projects in an Excel workbook format. The software platform used is the Microsoft Excel 5.0 spreadsheet. It was chosen for the following reasons: suited to applications encountered in a finite math course widespread use outside of academia ease of creating reports with a professional look Use of Excel 5.0 was put into effect in the author's sections of the Finite Mathematics II course in the Spring 1996 semester. It was expanded to cover the Finite Mathematics I course for the Fall semester of Using a combination of specially designed projects and tutorials, students are able to analyze data, draw conclusions, and present their analysis in a professional format. The mathematical and computer skills learned with such an approach is an asset that they can carry with them to other courses as well as to their future places of employment. 2

3 Scope of supplement The package is divided into three portions - introduction to the software platform, interactive tutorials to reinforce ideas, and projects of more complexity. Introduction to the software Worksheets which contain just enough essentials about Excel to get the students started quickly have been written specifically for this course. The interactive nature of the worksheets lends itself to a quick learning curve so that the student can spend his or her time learning mathematics on Excel. Tutorial worksheets These worksheets illustrate a particular topic studied in finite mathematics using the capabilities of Excel. These tutorials can be used as in-class activities in the course and can also be used as homework assignments. In addition to original problems in the tutorials, suitable problems from the text are also suggested. Instructors may find these tutorials helpful in designing lectures which incorporate computer presentations. Projects The project worksheets are more complex in scope and require a synthesis of the various topics covered in the course. Students are encouraged to work in groups and are required to turn in well formatted printouts using Excel and perhaps a word processor such as MS Word. 3

4 Integrating the materials in class The topics chosen for the package were ones that would take full advantage of the capabilities of the spreadsheet software. The following objectives are stressed: algebraic, graphical, and tabular representation of equations and data exploratory experiments with data synthesis of mathematical ideas applications in a variety of contexts clear communication of results In the author's classes, the course software Explorations in Finite Mathematics, by David Schneider, was used in a complementary fashion to the Excel package. Illustrating a procedure such as Gauss-Jordan reduction, graphical linear programming, or working with Venn diagrams is much simpler using the Explorations software. On the other hand, the spreadsheet is much easier when used to integrate diverse components of a complex problem. The integration of mathematics, text, and graphics makes the spreadsheet highly suitable for problems which illustrate a particular concept rather than procedure. It is with this idea that the tutorials and projects in this package were created. Consequently, the students in our classes used the Explorations package to practice on the procedures themselves and used the Excel projects and tutorials to understand a general concept and apply it in various contexts. Prior knowledge of Excel is not required for use of this package. The introductory workbook discusses general features of Excel that students will need to master. All one has to do is to start up the software and open the intro.xls file. Other, more specific features are discussed as the need arises. It is advisable for the instructor to go through the tutorials and projects before making specific assignments for the students. Students are encouraged to ask questions in class about their computer assignments. The questions related to the mathematical aspects of the projects are often discussed. Any particular technical issue involving the software is usually discussed with the student(s) outside of lecture. Lectures involving computer and overhead presentations can benefit from many of the tutorials in the package. The content of the presentation should serve as a complement to the lecture. Examples of such presentations are simulations of 4

5 random processes and graphical analysis of data. In our experience, short, tothe-point presentations tend to be more effective than those in which the presenter is working through multiple menu options, dialog boxes etc. Since the tutorials are available to the students, the presentation itself can be gone over by the student in his or her own time, thus reinforcing and expanding the ideas in the lecture. A detailed summary of the tutorials and projects is given at the end of this introduction to aid in planning a course syllabus integrating this package. Description of materials All materials are in the form of Excel workbooks in MS Windows format. They should run on Excel 5.0 and later versions under Windows 3.X or Windows 95. Each tutorial and project is in a separate worksheet within the corresponding workbook. Introductory workbook In this workbook, basic concepts of Excel are introduced. An interactive tutorial is used to introduce concepts of formulas and graphs. Filename: intro.xls The descriptions of the tutorials and projects are listed in a table format in the following pages. 5

6 Summary of Tutorials in Finite Mathematics Using Excel Chapter and corresponding section(s) Tutorial Number Summary Comments 1. Linear Equations and Straight Lines Sec. 1.3,1.4 Sec. 1.3 Sec. 1.3 Sec Matrices Sec Linear equations for a depreciation model - graphics and tables 2 Linear equations and Excel's Goal Seek 3 More applications using Goal Seek 4 Least Squares using Excel's built-in functions 1 Entering and adding Matrices File: chap1.xls Introduces "Goal Seek", a built-in tool for analysis Intrinsic Excel function and graphics are introduced for least squares File: chap2.xls This tutorial is necessary for entering and working with arrays Sec. 2.3 Sec Multiplying Matrices Array formulas are somewhat inelegant to enter in Excel. These tutorials help students practice this. 3 Applications of Matrix Multiplication Sec Computing Matrix Inverses Sec. 2.4,2.6 5 Solving Linear systems 4. Simplex Method Sec. 4.2,4.3 1 Linear Programming Using Excel Solver 2 Solver's Answer Report File: chap4.xls Necessary for all subsequent work with Solver Sec Sec More Solver Practice Useful for students to connect the examples in text with the setup in Solver 4 Understanding Duality Using Excel Solver 6

7 Summary of Tutorials in Finite Mathematics Using Excel - cont'd Chapter and corresponding section(s) Tutorial Number Summary Comments File: chap6.xls 6. Probability Sec. 6.4,6.5 Sec. 6.4,6.5 1 Data and probabilities : a graphical approach 2 Data and probabilities : a tabular approach Probabilities and conditional probabilities are explored through pie-chart representation Probabilities and conditional probabilities are explored through tabular representation The objective in both these tutorials is to help students visualize and gain a better intuition for probabilistic notions Sec Simulation of Events - I Necessary for all further simulation activities using Excel Sec Simulation of Events - II Continuation of Tut. #3; introduces graphics File: chap7.xls 7. Probability and Statistics Sec. 7.2 Sec. 7.2,7.5 Sec. 7.2 Sec. 7.3,7.4 Sec. 7.5 Sec Measuring Central Tendencies 2 Calculating Binomial and Normal Probabilities 3 Simulation of Binomial Distributions 4 Using Statistical Functions in Excel 5 Simulation of Normal Distribution 6 Binomial Distribution and the Normal Curve Explores differences between mean, median, and mode Built-in Excel functions are introduced for calculating binomial and normal probabilities Data Analysis Tool is used for simulation of binomial trials Uses Excel's built-in functions for mean etc. The Data Analysis Tool in Excel is used to simulate experiments with normally distributed data 7

8 Summary of Tutorials in Finite Mathematics Using Excel - cont'd Chapter and corresponding section(s) Tutorial Number Summary Comments File: chap8.xls 8. Markov Processes Sec The Transition Matrix All the tutorials in this chapter use array formulas - see Chapter 2 tutorials Sec Stable distributions and stochastic matrices Sec Absorbing Stochastic matrices 9. The Theory of Games Sec Expected Value of Strategies File: chap9.xls Uses array formulas - see Chapter 2 tutorials Sec Optimal Strategies Using Solver File: chap10.xls 10. Mathematics of Finance Sec Calculation of Interest Generate tables to calculate interest - provide intuition for the process Sec Using Excel Functions for Finance Financial functions from Excel are used to calculate present value, future value etc. Sec Annuities Uses financial functions from Excel Sec Amortization of loans Uses financial functions from Excel File: chap11.xls 11. Difference Equations Sec Difference Equations - Tables Tables are generated to motivate work with difference equations Sec Difference Equations - Charts Sec Difference Equations and Mathematical Models Introduces graphing of difference equations Some applications are explored 8

9 Chapter and corresponding section(s) Tutorial Number Summary Comments Sec Exploring graphs of Difference Equations Sec Growth/Decay Models Using Difference Equations Further exploration of graphs of difference equations Studies radioactive decay models using difference equations 9

10 Summary of Projects in Finite Mathematics Using Excel Chapter and corresponding section(s) Project Number Summary Comments 1. Linear Equations and Straight Lines Sec. 1.3,1.4 Sec. 1.3 Sec Matrices Sec Cost, revenue and breaking even 2 Analyzing supply and demand equations 3 Least squares analysis of data 1 Application of linear systems of equations File: chap1.xls File: chap2.xls Sec An open Leontief model File: chap4.xls 4. Simplex Method Sec. 4.2,4.3 1 Allocation of Assets Using Excel Solver Sec. 4.2,4.3 2 Risk Management Using Excel Solver Sec. 4.2,4.3 3 Exercise plan analysis File: chap6.xls 6. Probability 1 Analyzing means of transit to work 2 Analyzing travel time to work 3 Simulating reservoir capacity 10

11 Summary of Projects in Finite Mathematics Using Excel (cont'd) Chapter and corresponding section(s) Project Number Summary Comments File: chap7.xls 7. Probability and Statistics Sec. 7.3,7.4 1 Statistical analysis of mutual fund data Sec Analysis of housing data Sec Data Simulations Needs Data Analysis Tool installed File: chap8.xls 8. Markov Processes Sec Sec Application of stochastic matrices 2 Car breakdowns and stochastic matrices File: chap9.xls 9. Theory of Games Sec Advertising strategies Sec Investing strategies File: chap10.xls 10. Mathematics of Finance Sec Interest rates and yields Sec. 10.2, Mortgages: principal and interest 11. Difference Equations Sec Comparison of Interest Rates File: chap11.xls Sec. 11.3, How much can you borrow? Sec. 11.3, Modeling bacterial growth with difference equations 11

12 Chapter 4: Tutorial 1 Linear Programming using Excel Solver Sec. 4.2 In this tutorial, we will learn to use some basic features of Excel Solver in order to solve linear programming problems. Note that this solver can handle much more number of variables than the course software used in class. Example: This example is an extension of the furniture manufacturing problem discussed in Chapters 3 and 4 of your text. For this example, in addition to chairs and sofas, the product line will also include loveseats. Each product will need to spend time in the carpentry, finishing and upholstery divisions. The table below summarizes the amount of time each product will need in each division. Chair Sofa Loveseat Process Carpentry Finishing Upholstery Solution: Each chair makes a profit of \$80; each sofa makes a profit of \$70; and each loveseat makes a profit of \$66. How many chairs, sofas, and loveseats must be manufactured if there are 96 hours for carpentry, 18 hours for finishing and 72 hours for upholstery? Your setup : Before calling on Excel power solver, set up the linear programming problem yourself. That is, write down the objective function, variables, and constraints. In order to compute with Solver, we summarize the problem in the following table. Chair Sofa Loveseat Number to Build-> Process Hrs. Available Hrs. Used Carpentry Finishing Upholstery Profits Per unit \$80.00 \$70.00 \$66.00 Subtotal \$0.00 \$0.00 \$0.00 TOTAL \$0.00 Page 1 of 7 (c) 1998 Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ

15 Chapter 7: Tutorial 2 Calculating Binomial & Normal Probabilities Sec. 7.2, 7.5 Calculating Binomial Probabilities These types of calculations are easy using Excel's built-in statistical functions. Example: Let's look at Example 2 from Sec. 7.2: 58% of all married women in the US are in the work force. Five married women are selected at random. Find the probability that at least one of them is in the work force. Solution: Note that Pr(X>=1) = 1 - Pr(X=0). That is, the probability that at least one woman works is 1 - Pr(none of the five women works). Here, p = 0.58 and n=5. We need to calculate the probability that none of the women work. This is accomplished by calling the BINOMDIST function in Excel: Pr(X=0) Pr(X>=1) Click on the respective cells to see how the formulas are entered. The BINOMDIST function is called as follows: =binomdist(num_of_successes,num_of_trials,prob_of_success, cumulative?) In this example, the parameters are as follows: num_of_successes 0 num_of_trials 5 prob_of_success 0.58 cumulative? FALSE the last parameter asks if you want the Pr(X <= num). in this case that is FALSE. U Try It Change the probability 0.4 in the above example. Recalculate Pr(X>=1). Compare with the original answer and comment on the difference. Problem: For the problem in the original example, calculate the probability that at most 2 women are in the work force using the binomdist function. Compare your answer with work by hand. (Note: in this case, you set the cumulative option to TRUE.) Problems: Try problems 1-13, in Sec. 7.2 using the BINOMDIST function. Page 4 of 7 (c) 1998 Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ

16 Calculating Normal Probabilities As in the previous discussion, calculating probabilities arising from the normal distribution is also simple. Example: Solution: Suppose that a set of test scores are normally distributed with mean 75 and standard deviation 8. What percentage of the scores are less than 83? To answer this, invoke the NORMDIST function: Pr(X <=83): % scored below 83. Click on the cells to see how the formula is entered. In this example, the parameters are as follows: value of the number - x 83 mean 75 standard deviation 8 cumulative? TRUE the last parameter asks if you want the Pr(X <= num). In this case that is TRUE If this value is set to FALSE,. the value of the "bell curve" at x is returned. Question: From your knowledge of the mean and standard deviation, how can you check the answer above? (Do not use tables!) Problem: For the example above, calculate the percentage of scores above 80. Graphs Graphs of the normal curve can be easily generated: Example : Compare the graph of the normal curve with mu=1 and sigma = 0.5 with that of the normal curve with mu =1 and sigma = 1.0. x sig=0.5 sig= E This table was generated E with the NORMDIST function. Click on the individual cells to see how the formula is entered The cumulative option is set to FALSE (why?) E Call on ChartWizard to draw the graph - the X-Y Scatter option with graph option #6 was used to create this. Do NOT use the LINE option! Page 5 of 7 (c) 1998 Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ

17 sig=0.5 sig= Note that the graph with the larger sigma has a greater spread. Problem: Try #37-39 in Section 7.2. Page 6 of 7 (c) 1998 Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ

18 Chapter 7: Project 3 Data Simulations Note: You will need the Data Analysis Tool installed for this project. Also you should be familiar with the material in Ch.7,Tutorial 5. You want to simulate the lifetimes for a certain type of light bulb. You have been told that the lifetimes are normally distributed with mu=1200 hours and sigma = 160. (cf. Problem 30, Sec. 7.5). A sample of 30 randomly selected light bulb is given to you. (1) Simulate the lifetime for each bulb using the Data Analysis Random Number Generation Tool. (Note: Using the Rand() function will NOT work since it creates only a uniform distribution.) (Insert as many rows as necessary) (2) From the sample of thirty bulb lifetimes you generated in part(1), calculate the sample mean and sample standard deviation. Compare with the parameters mu and sigma. Are they close? Why is there a difference between the two? State which Excel functions you used. (3) Create a frequency table for the data in part(1) using suitable range values. Make a column graph from your frequency table. Use descriptive headings. Does your column graph look bell shaped? (4) Repeat parts(1-3), but simulate the lifetimes of 100 light bulbs. (Insert as many rows as necessary) (5) Compare the sample mean and standard deviation in part(3) with that in part(2). Which is closer to the parameters mu and sigma? What do you think will happen to the sample mean and standard deviation as the sample size gets larger and larger? Page 7 of 7 (c) 1998 Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ

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