Struggling to Get Your Kids to Learn Math? Phat Math Suggests You Try the Stock Market!

Industry: Finance

Phat Math, Inc. makes math fun and relevant by teaching kids how to apply mathematical concepts to the stock market.

New Orleans, United States (PRUnderground) September 24th, 2018

Most of Dr. Iris Mack’s academic jobs have been at the university and executive training levels.  However, for quite some time she has been thinking: How do I make math fun and relevant so that the average person enjoys it instead of dreading it? This is one of the reasons why she set up a vehicle through her business Phat Math, Inc. ( and published nine math and financial literacy books available on her Amazon Author’s page.

In March 2018, Dr. Mack decided to go into the “belly of the beast” to test some of her math and financial literacy strategies in a high school.  In this school she managed to set up a makeshift stock market “laboratory”.  In addition, Dr. Mack was fortunate to be able to secure 150 Tradestation brokerage accounts and real stock market data from various exchanges for her lab.

In this lab Dr. Mack began teaching students how to apply mathematical concepts to the stock market. As a result, within a relatively short period of time, an amazing transformation took place in Dr. Mack’s lab:

  1. One young man – who used to either sleep or just sit quietly next to his twin brother – came alive when the class started applying Precalculus concepts to the stock and options markets. He essentially transformed into a mini-CNBC Wall Street analyst. Dr. Mack was so excited about this student’s progress that she called his parents to tell them the good news. They were shocked by the change in their boy because even at home he hardly ever spoke.
  2. One young lady wanted us to skip the “stock stuff” and quickly move on to the “options stuff” where “Dr. Mack makes most of her money.”
  3. Two young men told Dr. Mack that prior to taking her class they did not think of themselves as “college material”.  After learning about the applications of math to the financial markets they decided to apply to colleges with the hope of studying business and finance.
  4. Many behavior problems seem to disappear.

Math can definitely be a lot of fun if learners understand how it is applied in everyday life. By going through such a program as implemented in Dr. Mack’s lab, more kids can learn math while having lots of fun.  In addition, such a program can help to simultaneously combat math illiteracy (innumeracy) and financial illiteracy!

If you would like more information about Dr. Mack’s mathematical finance lab, please call her at +1 504 941 7122 or email her at

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