Saturday, July 23, 2005

Need Help With Everyday Math?



I didn't hate math as a kid. Really. It's just that I wasn't nearly as comfortable with it as I was with the English and writing stuff. When I had good teachers (8th grade, 9th grade, 12th grade), I actually enjoyed math — and could pretty much breeze through it. All told, I plugged my way through a pinnacle of Calculus II in my freshman year of college. That's worth something, right?

But now that I have this sick interest in all things financial (I hope you'll excuse my use of the term, JLP), the math stuff is WAY more fun to me now. And tangible. And worthwhile. Plus spreadsheets add a whole new and nifty dimension, as dorks like me can tinker with numbers and dollar signs at will.

Which is why, when my wife showed me this "class" offered at Barnes & Noble.com, I couldn't resist signing up.

I got the recommended book (Everyday Math for Everyday Life) today, and it looks pretty interesting. A large section of the book details math of the financial sort, so I'm practically giddy. I'll just read real fast and get there in a hurry. (I have other books on financial math and the time value of money, so chances are I won't learn anything new here. But it's a NEW book, and it talks about money, and these days that's enough to make me giddy. Such a life I lead, huh?)

Just thought I'd throw this out there in case anyone else feels a wee bit of a "deficiency" in their math skills as time rolls on. This book looks like a great refresher, and it ain't your ordinary math textbook — that's for sure.

— Posted by Michael @ 11:40 PM








2 Comments:
 

Boy, do your comments ever sounds familiar! For all of high school until my senior year, I thought I
"just wasn't a numbers person," until I had a math tutor that actually took an interest in me and refused to accept this attitude. After this, the one math class that I took my senior year and my "math for idiots" course I took in college actually went really well.

Very interesting comments . . . here I am with a B.A. in English. Since I've gotten out of college, I've worked in fields that work more with numbers than English, in a lot of ways. And boy am I a nerd when it come to the personal finance stuff. I guess I'm a little more of a "numbers person" than I thought!

I think I might have to sign up for this class to brush up on some stuff i might have missed!

Anonymous Anonymous
, at 3:26 PM, July 24, 2005  
 

Michael,

For a second there I thought you were really into my blog! Actually, I don't think I want you to be THAT interested in it! Anyway, I know what you mean when it comes to math. In fact I wrote a couple of posts on different formulas recently and the Unknown Professor added to those two posts. If you are interested, you can check it out here. It is an awesome feeling to be able to know how different formulas work.

Later,

JLP

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