University of Connecticut

Financial Mathematics II

Math 369

Spring 2005


Classes: MW: 3:00 – 4:15                                   Instructor: James G. Bridgeman, FSA

                ARJ441 (Note the change!)                MSB408

Office Hours: M 10:00 – 12:00                           860-486-8382                        

                       Th  10:00 –12:00                   

                       Th/F: 2:00 - 3:00                             instructor's web site

                       Or by appointment                        course web site


Context for the Course

Required for the Professional Master’s degree in Applied Financial Mathematics

Certified for SOA/CAS Validation by Educational Experience (VEE)

in the Corporate Finance Subject


Specific Course Content

Introduction to the Applied Mathematics of Corporate Finance


Required Text

Brealey & Myers, Principles of Corporate Finance (7th ed.)


Supplemental/Advanced Material (not required)

Various resources as referenced in the text

Chew, The New Corporate Finance/where theory meets practice (3rd ed.)

Megginson, Corporate Finance Theory

Ho & Lee, The Oxford Guide to Financial Modeling

Panjer (ed.), Financial Economics



Term Paper                            10%

2 Take-home Quizzes           10%

Mini-cases                            20%

Mid-term Exam                      25%

Final Exam                             35%


 The syllabus and grading plan are subject to change with appropriate notice to the class.




Outline & Intended Pace


Week of



Jan. 17

Financial profession – decisions about value; cash flow; valuation;

Net present value principle; opportunity cost of capital

Ch.1, 2

Jan. 24

Financial statement analysis – where (when) is the cash?

Ch. 29

Jan. 31

Free cash flow; equity valuation; project net present value

Ch.4, 5

Feb. 7

Project decisions/valuation; expected value of cash flow; variance of returns

Ch. 6, 7

Feb. 14

Market price of risk; capital asset pricing model

Ch. 8

Feb. 21

Risk adjusted opportunity cost of capital; handling cash flow uncertainty

Ch. 9, 10

Feb. 28

Where value comes from; measuring value-creation

Ch.11, 12

Mar. 14

Market returns; market efficiency; mid-term exam Mar. 18 (thru Ch. 12)


Mar. 21

Sources of financing; accessing financing

Ch.14, 15

Mar. 28

Dividends and returns; debt leverage on returns

Ch.16, 17

Apr. 4

Debt effects on expected cash flows

Ch. 17, 18

Apr. 11

Debt-adjusted opportunity cost of capital -- WACC


Apr. 18

Option cash flows; valuation when net present value won’t work

Ch. 20, 21

Apr. 25

Real options and their value



Final Exam TBD week of May 2 - 7




Term Papers


A paper will be due on April 27. You may choose any of the main

topics (text chapters) in the syllabus and prepare a paper covering it in more depth, or presenting extensions of the material in it, after consulting outside references. 




There will be two take-home quizzes assigned, the weeks of Feb. 14 and April 11.  They will be designed to challenge and you may work in teams to come up with the answers.   .




Students will submit the mini-cases for chapters 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, and 21 within a week after the completion of the chapter.    


Both the syllabus and the grading plan are subject to change with appropriate advance notice

to the class.