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About This Course

The purpose of is to learn some of the mathematics that is important in our lives.

There will be two main topics in this class.

The first topic is problem solving--problems we may face at home or out and about in our daily lives. How much? How far? How long? Which is the better deal? These are questions we face very often.

The second topic is Finance (or money) Mathematics. Whether buying a car or house, or saving for retirement, if we know how money works, we can make financial decisions more easily and accurately--we don't just have to trust the 'experts.'


There are no prerequisites for this course--students are only assumed to have a basic knowledge of arithmetic.

Course Staff


Robert Berkelman

Robert has been teaching at Asian University for 15 years and loves changing negative attitudes about mathematics to positive ones. He received both a bacherlor's degree and a Master's degree in mathematics from San Francisco State University.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to buy a textbook?

No, a free online version of Math in Society by David Lippman will be available, though you can purchase a printed version if you’d like.

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    Apr 02, 2015