
Forté Foundation MBA Women's Conference
Chicago, June 18, 2010
Math Prep: Build Your Quantitative IQ
"This twohour workshop will build on the prework coverage of finance and
accounting basics to develop insight into the ongoing credit market crisis.
Rather than do a broad but shallow survey of quant skills needed in the MBA
first year, I've picked a few tools and a relevant topic from the current
business press. We'll dig into the basics of bond valuation and balance sheet
leverage with two goals in mind:

Whet your appetite for your upcoming MBA coursework

Provide a status check on your quantitative proficiency."
Dr.
Peter J. Regan
Founder, MBA Math
Adjunct Professor, Tuck School at Dartmouth
Adjunct Professor, Fuqua School at Duke
Visiting Adjunct Professor, Johnson School at Cornell
Registration
Registration is handled by Forté. Visit the conference web site for registration, timing, and
location.
Preparation
You will get the most out of the workshop if you prepare in advance by working
through the prework narrated lectures and individual exercises listed at the
left. The prework does not presume any prior experience with finance
or accounting. The workshop builds on this prework. The prework is adapted
for the Forté workshop from the 24 lessons of the full MBA Math course, which
covers finance, accounting, economics, statistics, and spreadsheets.
For many undergrad classes, professors introduce material in class. Student
responsibility to read texts and do homework comes later. MBA classes are
different. Faculty expect students to prepare for 34 hours before each class,
usually in study groups. Class time is the culmination, where everything is
supposed to come together. This approach makes much better use of your
professors' expertise and facilitates much higher quality student contribution
to discussion.
How long should the workshop prework take? Well, that depends on your
background. But I'd estimate between one and two hours.
Can you come to the workshop without doing the prework? Yes. But,
without doing the prework you'll likely just skim across the surface,
convinced that I understand the material but not locking in your own
understanding.
Note about PreWork Excel Solutions: I took the prework Excel solution
tutorials directly from the MBA Math course. Some Excel tutorials refer to
values used in the narrated lecture. Those narrated lecture examples are
different than the Forte prework narrated lecture examples so the exact
numbers will not match. Use the Forte prework text exercise solutions to check
exact solution values. Use the Excel tutorials to understand how to build
solution worksheets.
What to Bring to the Workshop
Just the basics: paper and pen. A laptop is unnecessary. We will look at a few
things in Excel but you could follow along without a laptop, especially if you
have solved the prework problems in Excel.

Testimonials for the full MBA Math Quantitative Skills course
"As someone who hadn’t solved a math problem since high school I owe my
admission to the Tuck Class of 2009 to MBA Math. During the admission process I
relied on MBA Math as an additional indicator of my quantitative abilities."
 Anne T., Tuck '09
"The MBA Math internet tool was instrumental to my smooth transition to
graduate school. After completing the first semester and doing very well, I was
pleased with the time that I invested working through the respective mbamath
modules."
 Jelka D., McCombs '09
"MBA Math allowed me to learn at my own pace and focus on the areas in which I
had the most difficulty. The tutorials were very clear and the content was very
applicable to my first year courses."
 Lenika D., McDonough '08
"MBA Math is unique in that it provides the flexibility to work at one’s own
pace to meet personal objectives. It’s a great transition to graduate school."
 Jessica G., Olin '09
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