Math Connections in Finance and Science  – (Grade 8-10 Students)


To inspire a generation of budding Mathematicians through exposure to a wide range of Math applications in Finance and Science, potentially leading to a career in a field related to Finance (e.g. financial or business analyst, investment advisor, forensic accountant, risk management actuary, etc.), or Science (e.g. optical engineer, medical practitioner, pharmacologist, geophysicist, geneticist, etc.)

Course Outline:

Finance and Science abound with applications of mathematics, and each week, in class, we will cover stimulating material in these two areas.

In revealing the connections to math, diverse tools will be used, including Algebra, Boolean Algebra, Exponents, Logarithms, Geometry, Trigonometry, Combinatorics, Topology, Probability, Statistics and some introductory elements of Calculus. These will all be introduced in an intuitive and practical manner, accessible to any enthusiastic student in Grade 8, 9 or 10.

The course will include numerous mathematical brain-teasers to sharpen the wits, and there will be modest assignments each week to be completed on a voluntary basis. Attendance will be taken—and enthusiastic involvement encouraged. There will be no formal evaluations, tests or exams.

A Certificate of Accomplishment, or a Certificate of Attendance will be awarded, at the end of the course, to reflect each student’s participation.

A tentative syllabus includes the following topics in each of main subject areas:


Basics of Banking and Investments

  • Key Market Terminology Explained
  • Lending and Borrowing
  • Mortgages, Leases and other Annuities
  • Types of Investments (Stocks, Bonds and Mutual Funds)
  • Risk and Return

Cost, Revenue and Profit (including case studies)

  • Interest and Inflation (Time Value of Money)
  • Financial Projections
  • Net Present Value Calculations

International Finance

  • Gross Domestic Product and Other Indicators
  • Exchange Rates
  • Surplus vs. Deficit


  • Ballistics and the Parabola
  • Scientific Observation Related to Mathematical Card Tricks
  • Applications of Geometry to Flat and Curved Mirrors
  • The Geometry of Origami
  • Combinatorics and Chance
  • Experiments in Probability
  • Applications of Statistics
  • Applications of Trigonometry to Vectors
  • Sinusoidal Motion Related to Sound
  • Exponential Growth and Radioactive Decay
  • Applications of Topology
  • Newton’s Law of Cooling
  • The Richter/Earthquake Scale
  • The Mathematics of pH (Hydrogen Ion Concentration)
  • Centre of Mass

2019/20 Course Information

This course will be offered October 1,  2019 – April 2020 on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

2018/19 Course Information

This course will be offered September 25, 2018 – April 2019 on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Note: We will be moving to a different classroom after New Year. The new classroom is in Canal Building, room CB 3101.

First class in the Winter term is on January 8, last class is on April 9. There will be no class on March 12 (March break).

NOTE: The class on February 12 is CANCELLED.

Registration Information

Registration fee is $420

Maximum class size is 40 students.
We reserve the right to cancel registrations with a full refund if a minimum enrollment is not reached.


For students with limited financial resources some fee adjustment may be available.

If you intend to apply for a fee waiver, please do NOT complete the regular registration. If you register for a course and then get approval for a fee waiver, there will be a non-refundable administration fee of $25 per registration.


Refund Policy

For this course a 100% refund will be issued when requested before October 10, 2019.

100% refund prior to September 30th
75% refund prior to October 31st
50% refund prior to November 30th

To request refund, please send an e-mail to before the deadline.


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