# Introduction

Gail Poitrast

This course is based on the text *Math **in Society,* edited by David Lippman, Pierce College Ft Steilacoom, and on the text *Using Excel*, by Noreen Brown, Barbara Lave, Julie Romey, Mary Schatz, and Diane Shingledecker. The modules in this course have been adapted and edited by Gail Poitrast to fit the learning objectives of Math 502.

This course is a survey of contemporary mathematical topics, most non-algebraic, appropriate for a college-level quantitative literacy topics course for liberal arts majors. The text is designed so that most chapters are independent. Emphasis is placed on the applicability of the mathematics. The use of Excel is also explored, as it is a learning objective for Math 502.

*This book contains content from the following sources:*

*Math in Society* (on OpenTextBookStore) by David Lippman, licensed under a CC Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States (CC BY-SA 3.0 US) license.

*Math for the Liberal Arts* (on Lumen Learning) by Lumen Learning, licensed under a *CC BY: Attribution* license.

*Using Excel* by Noreen Brown, Barbara Lave, Julie Romney, Mary Schatz, and Diane Shingledecker, licensed under a *CC BY: Attribution* license.

Cover photo: “White concrete high-rise building” by Kevin Bhagat on Unsplash.com – Public Domain