This course will show you how to use math to your advantage. You won’t find any theory or memorization here. The lessons are filled with practical exercises and information that you can put to immediate use. You’ll learn to calculate percentages, including the proper amount to pay in tips, commissions, taxes, and discounts.
You’ll calculate interests rates and develop a better understanding of mortgages, credit cards, and other types of loans. You’ll be able to check your pay stub, invoices, and bank statement for errors and overcharges, and you will become more skilled at handling money and comparing investment opportunities. You will discover a handy method for converting one type of measurement to another, and you’ll be able to calculate areas correctly so you don’t overspend on your next home improvement project. You will learn that math can be incredibly useful if you understand how and when to apply it in your daily life.
In the first lesson you will review some basic number properties. You’ll learn about integers, exponents, roots, and multiple-step problems. You will then learn how to put them into the calculator. Then you’ll learn about the percents you find in retail from both a consumer and managerial perspective. You will go over discounts, sale prices, and sales tax. You will learn about tipping, markup, and handling money in the retail work environment.
Learn everything you need to know about income. You will learn how to calculate your paycheck no matter how you’re paid, taking into consideration: taxes withheld, insurance and saving for retirement. Then you will learn about where to put your money once you have it. This lesson discusses financial institutions; banks, credit unions, and savings and loans. You’ll discover what to look for in an institution and what questions to ask. You will also learn ways to keep a check register in order and how to balance a bank statement.
This lesson covers the basics of earning interest. You will learn features and terminology of several types of interest earning investments; bonds, certificates of deposit, and money market accounts. Then you will study what happens when you pay only the minimum balance on a credit card each month. You will also see what happens when you pay as little as $10 or $20 extra each month.
The goal in this lesson is to explore the different aspects of a mortgage payment (principle, interest, taxes, and insurance or PITI) and the amount of money you’ll need up front. Then you will be given step-by-step instructions for setting up ratios and proportions. This will allow you to convert even the most complicated measurements.
In this lesson, you will learn how to calculate area in different units of measurement and how to convert between them. You will also learn a little about metrics, and learn a very simple conversion method. Then you will learn about probability as it is used in the gaming industry, in forecasting weather, and in determining insurance rates.
This lesson begins by discussing statistical data and how it is chosen. Next you’ll learn about four commonly used statistical measures: mean, median, mode, and range. You will calculate a few of these measures and discuss what each means, individually and as a group. You will also learn to read and interpret a test score report with confidence. Finally you will learn about the different types of graphs and which is best suited for displaying a particular type of information or relationship. You will discover the best use of each type of graph and how to read each one.
Prerequisites / Requirements
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.
- A basic calculator with the ability to add, subtract, multiply, divide, and calculate square roots.
- PC: Windows XP or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (We recommend Firefox or Chrome).
- Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
Instructional material requirements:
- The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
WHEN CAN I GET STARTED?
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE EACH LESSON?
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
WHAT IF I NEED AN EXTENSION?
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.