Learning Recommendations: Designed for students who have completed CC Algebra 1 and CC Geometry. This course can serve as the third credit of math for students who elect to take a CTE alternative for the third year requirement through a counselor-supported approval process. This course is also appropriate for students who have completed Algebra 2 and want to take a course specifically focusing on the mathematics of personal finance.
General Description: This course is designed to build upon prior knowledge of math concepts from other courses. This algebra-based CTE course features real-world algebra concepts found in Investing, Banking, Credit, Income Taxes, Insurance, and Household Budgeting. Step-by-step strategies will help students learn the time value of money, evaluate the best banks and credit cards, make financial decisions like buying a car or renting an apartment, calculate payments and interest in loans, invest in the stock market, and build a business plan by knowing costs, profits, and break even points.
- Real world situations represented through functions, graphs and tables, statistics, regressions
- Functions: linear, quadratic, exponential, piecewise, and others
- Systems of equations and inequalities, Exponential growth and decay
- Excel and online applications
Strategies: Students will learn through a combination of:
- Collaborative instructional approach
- Direct Instruction
- Technology enhanced instruction
Homework: Homework for this class is mainly assigned practice problems in a workbook and is usually completed within 30 minutes. Time is often given in class to start assignments. Projects and tests are done in class.
Course Fee / Materials: $15 for workbook. A graphing calculator is provided in the classroom, but student should have one to use at home.