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Math Models with Applications 1A

Course Description

Students use ideas from algebra, geometry, probability and statistics to solve realistic applied problems. Concrete, algorithmic, graphical and technological tools and variety of representations will be used to solve problems. Note: Students who have 1 credit in Algebra 2 may not take this course.

Required Course Materials

Clayton, Cheryl, Mathematics of Money with Algebra, South-Western Publishing Co., 1995, ISBN 0-538-63471-5
Graphing calculator

Course Lesson Organization

Objectives. The objectives for each lesson will help you focus your efforts. They indicate the concepts and skills you must understand or master when you complete the lesson.
Reading Assignments. Each lesson specifies the selections that must be read.
Introduction. The Introduction section of each lesson provides key terms and concepts that give you background for the lesson.
Self-Assessment Activities. These activities help to build your knowledge and skills and to identify your specific strengths and weaknesses. Some activities direct you to Internet sites with supplemental material for the lesson. All activities prepare you for the graded assignments and for mastering course materials.
Graded Assignments. Each assignment provides information about how your work will be assessed and how credit will be given for your responses. Most assignments will be submitted online and graded by your instructor. Some assignments will be computer-graded. The average of your assignments counts as 75 percent of your course grade. The Final Examination counts as the other 25 percent. You can apply to take the Final Exam after 70 percent of your graded assignments have been completed, graded, and returned to you.

Final Examination

The final examination is comprehensive; it covers the material from all of the lessons. To pass the course, you must receive a grade of 70 percent or better.
Format: Multiple-choice, short answer, and essay.
Time Allowed: 3 hours
Materials Allowed: Graphing calculator

Course Outline

Total Number of Lessons: 9
Total Number of Graded Assignments: 8
Instructor Graded (Online submission): 0
Instructor Graded (US Mail submission): 8
Computer Graded: 0

Lesson 1: Simple and Compound Interest

Lesson 2: Buying Car Insurance

Lesson 3: Buying versus Leasing a Car

Lesson 4: Buying or Renting a House

Lesson 5: Credit Card Debt

Lesson 6: The Stock Market

Lesson 7: Growth and Decay

Lesson 8: Trigonometry

Lesson 9: Final Exam Review

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