Math 5030 Actuarial Math Spring 2016

Instructor: Arjun Krishnan

Class time and place: 2.00 - 2.50 p.m. Mondays, Wednesday, Friday in JTB 110

Office Hours: 03.00 - 04.00 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays in JWB 209 or by appointment.

Office Location: JWB 209

Email address:

Homepage: On Canvas. Assignments and announcements will be posted there.

Text: Actuarial Models, The Mathematics of Insurance, by Vladimir I. Rotar. Second Edition

Course Information: This course will be an introduction to actuarial models for life insurance and contingency claims. It requires a solid background in calculus, linear algebra, and probability theory. Without such a background you will likely struggle in this course.

This course also provides partial preparation for Exams MFE and MLC as offered by the Society of Actuaries.

Prerequisite: “C” or better in MATH 5010. Fulfills Quant. Reason. (Math & Stat / Logic)

Homework: There will be homework (almost) every week, that I’ll post on Friday on Canvas. It will be due the following Friday in class.

Midterm: Two in-class 50 minute midterms on Feb 12 and Mar 25.

Final Exam: Final will be in-class 50 minutes, Apr 22.

Grading Scheme:

Homework 40%
Midterm I 20%
Midterm II 20%
Final 20%

I will post the grades on Canvas.

Grading Scale: The grade scale will be the usual.

Letter grade Score Range
A (93-100)
A- (90-92)
B+ (87-89)
B (83-86)
B- (80-82)
C+ (77-79)
C (73-76)
C- (70-72)
D+ (67-69)
D (63-66)
D- (60-62)
E (0-59)

I’m not opposed to curving, but I’ll most likely make a linear shift.

Tutoring Lab: T. Benny Rushing Mathematics Student Center (adjacent to JWB and LCB), Room 155

8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday
8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday

They are also offering group tutoring sessions. If you’re interested, inquire at the Tutoring Lab.

Private Tutoring: University Tutoring Services, 330 SSB (they offer inexpensive tutoring). There is also a list of tutors at the Math Department office in JWB233.

Computer Lab: You may find computers to use in the T. Benny Rushing Mathematics Student Center, Room 155C.

8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday
8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday

More info can be found here. Calculators: Allowed if it cannot connect to the internet.

ADA Statement: The University of Utah seeks to provide equal access to its programs, services and activities for people with disabilities. If you will need accommodations in the class, reasonable prior notice needs to be given to the Center for Disability Services (CDS), 162 Olpin Union Building, 581- 5020 (V/TDD). CDS will work with you and me to make arrangements for accommodations. All information in this course can be made available in alternative format with prior notification to CDS.

Student Responsibilities: All students are expected to maintain professional behavior in the classroom setting, according to the Student Code, spelled out in the Student Handbook. You have specific rights in the classroom as detailed in Article III of the Code. The Code also species proscribed conduct (Article XI) that involves cheating on tests, collusion, fraud, theft, etc. Students should read the Code carefully and know you are responsible for the content. According to Faculty Rules and Regulations, it is the faculty responsibility to enforce responsible classroom behaviors, beginning with verbal warnings and progressing to dismissal from class and a failing grade. Students have the right to appeal such action to the Student Behavior Committee.

Other Policies: All students will be held accountable for knowing these classroom policies. I may make minor changes to the policy. If I do make a change, I will announce it in class and send the change in email.