Consumer Math Part 1 shows students how math is used in everyday life. The course instructs students to calculate earnings from a job, shop for and work with food, buy clothing, manage a household, buy and maintain a car, and helps students understand interest rates and car insurance premiums. Also, this course reinforces basic mathematical skills, including dividing, multiplying, adding and subtracting integers, working with one-step equations, and percentages.
It is recommended that students possess a solid understanding of the concepts covered in Pre-Algebra or equivalent course work before enrolling in this course.
Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills
- Compute weekly and annual wages.
- Determine daily and weekly hours worked.
- Calculate wages when overtime is worked.
- Decide wages for jobs that involve piecework or tips.
- Use rounding to determine salary in a pay period.
- Apply percents and decimals to compute commissions and salary plus commissions.
- Compute gross pay and net pay.
Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills
- Use the information on coupons and determine the cost of an item when a coupon is used.
- Compute and compare unit prices.
- Calculate a restaurant bill and tip.
- Decide the cost of eating out to the cost of a homemade meal.
- Calculate the number of calories consumed.
- Apply ratios and proportion to calculate fat calories and change recipe yields.
- Read and interpret nutrition information on food packages.
Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills
- Compute the cost of clothing, including sales tax.
- Determine the amount of money saved due to sales prices and discounts.
- Calculate the balance of a charge account.
- State and apply the renter's rule and the banker's rule to plan monthly rent or mortgage payments.
- Compute the cost of rent for one year.
- Solve problems related to down payments, monthly payments, and total amounts paid for mortgages.
- Determine expenses related to mortgage insurance and homeowner's insurance.
Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills
- Determine the cost of an automobile when trade-ins or rebates are involved.
- Compute the price of a car when financing arrangements are made.
- Calculate insurance premiums.
- Compile average miles driven and miles traveled.
- Compute average speed and driving times.
- Tabulate fuel costs.
- Evaluate costs associated with car repairs.
- Consumer Mathematics (textbook)
*Available as an iText course