Mathematics in Everyday Life

  • John Haigh

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 153-159

About this book


How does mathematics impact everyday events? The purpose of this book is to show a range of examples where mathematics can be seen at work in everyday life. 

From money (APR, mortgage repayments, personal finance), simple first and second order ODEs, sport and games (tennis, rugby, athletics, darts, tournament design, soccer, snooker), business (stock control, linear programming, check digits, promotion policies, investment), the social sciences (voting methods, Simpson’s Paradox, drug testing, measurements of inequality) to TV game shows and even gambling (lotteries, roulette, poker, horse racing), the mathematics behind commonplace events is explored. Fully worked examples illustrate the ideas discussed and each chapter ends with a collection of exercises.

Everyday Mathematics supports other first year modules by giving students extra practice in working with calculus, linear algebra, geometry, trigonometry and probability. Secondary/high school level mathematics is all that is required for students to understand the material. Those students whose degree course includes writing an extended mathematical essay will find many suitable topics here, with pointers to extend and develop the material. 


Business Equations Money Social Sports Applications of mathematics ODEs TV Game Shows Voting methods Sport and Games Business applications Money Gambling Social Sciences

Authors and affiliations

  • John Haigh
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  1. 1.University of SussexBrightonUnited Kingdom

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