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
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.