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Consumer Math Part 2
Course Length: 1 Semester
Has Textbook: Yes
Consumer Math Part 2 is a comprehensive course focusing on consumer applications of math. It utilizes problem solving strategies and alternate methods of computation to solve a wide range of consumer problems. The course will cover home improvement costs, travel expenses, budgets, taxes, banking, and investing.
It is recommended that students successfully complete Consumer Math Part 1 or equivalent course work before enrolling in this course.

Course Objectives 

Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills

  • Analyze discounted items.
  • Examine the 90-day purchase plan.
  • Find the perimeter. Calculate perimeter in real-world applications.
  • Determine the area of a regular figure. Calculate area in real-world applications.
  • Compute the amount and cost of materials to cover walls and floors.
  • Calculate the cost of building an addition.

Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills

  • Read and utilize a map, map legend, and map scale to find the distance between given locations, to estimate distances between locations, and to find the shortest distance between cities.
  • Interpret and utilize a bus schedule and bus rate chart to calculate the bus fare for a trip.
  • Calculate the total cost of renting a hotel room and calculate the cost of a package plan.
  • Convert U.S. dollars to currency of other countries and vice versa.
  • Use a rate chart to compare the costs of renting cars of various sizes.
  • Analyze a time zone map.
  • Use information on a flight schedule to calculate flight times.

Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills

  • Prepare, adjust, and balance a budget.
  • Write large numbers and compare their values.
  • Analyze the federal budget.
  • Calculate total exemptions, deductions, and taxable income.
  • Read and use a tax table.
  • Compute the tax balance due or the amount to be refunded.
  • Calculate the effective tax rate.

Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills

  • Compute simple interest and compound interest.
  • Analyze how to double your money.
  • Identify how to write a personal check. Analyze how to keep a checking account up-to-date and how to reconcile a checking account.
  • Observe the stock market.
  • Calculate the percentage of increase or decrease of an investment.
  • Analyze dividends.
  • Examine using credit and debit cards.

Course Materials

  • Consumer Mathematics (textbook)

*Available as an iText course