Finance 300: Introduction to Finance

Course Description

This course is taught by professor Bulent Paker. This is a first course in finance. Its aim is to teach you the basic theoretical foundations as well as some of the practical issues and skills necessary for a career in finance. It will also you make more informed and better decisions in your future financial activities - regardless of your major.

In this website page you can find an unofficial outline of the lectures. I am putting together this pdf to aid you in studying for this class by making sure you have a clear idea of what topics were covered in class and what chapters in the book are connected with the topics discussed. I’ve also summarized some of the main intuitions for the main formulas that were presented in class.

Practice Problems

Capital Investment decisions (Chapter 10 and 11), Solutions

Portfolio analysis and CAPM (Chapter 13 and 14), Solutions

Extra Review for Final, Solutions

Required Text:

  • Fundamentals of Corporate Finance, Ross, Westerfield, and Jordan, 12th Edition, McGraw-Hill/Irwin

Lecture notes outline:

TA Office Hours:

  • If you have any question, please come to my office hours. Expect extra office hours the week prior to an exam.
    • Tuesday: 2:30-4:30 pm @ Grainger 2167
    • Friday: 9:30-10:30 pm @ Grainger 2167

TA Contact Information:


  • This lecture notes outline is not meant to be comprehensive. It does not necessarily contain all the valuable examples presented in class, for example. You are expected to attend lectures, read the chapters in your book and work on the questions presented at the end of each chapter.
  • I appreciate your collaboration in identifying any mistakes. I constantly keep the outline updated (see the date in the beginning of the file). If you find an error, please contact me.