The text and supporting materials available here are intended to be the basis for an alternative basic mathematics course based on real financial decisions everyone will have to make. A large proportion of entering college students are required to take and pass a basic mathematics course as prerequisite to college level subjects. Largely a review of elementary and high school mathematics, this course is known to have limited success as a conduit to college.
The course materials and text are based on the basic mathematics curriculum used by the Vermont Community College system. The syllabus was adapted to center around extensive applications in personal finance. The text was constructed using software available from the CK-12 Foundation and is covered by the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license.
These materials are designed to fit with modules developed by the Financial Literacy Project at Dartmouth College that include videos, slide presentations, case studies and assessments for use by instructors free of charge.
Available materials include:
Textbook: Basic Mathematics through Financial Literacy
Course Objectives by Chapter
Thomas's Initial Budget
Thomas's Prioritized Budget
Thomas's Housing Budget
Savings Account Comparison