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Consumer Math Part 1
Course Length: 1 Semester
Has Textbook: Yes
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.

Course Objectives

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.

Course Materials

  • Consumer Mathematics (textbook)

*Available as an iText course