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Applied Math: General Studies is math workbook for non-STEM majors. The book answers real-world questions using real-world information in the areas of consumer math, finances, very basic statistics, and some linear and exponential modeling.
What makes Applied Math: General Studies different? The students have a collection of databases—tables of information the author has collected from various federal, state, and local sources. These databases include information on topics such as local sales tax rates, historic Consumer Price Indices, minimum wage data historically and by state, gas prices, income tax rates, Federal Budget receipts and outlays, and more. The student must refer to the information in the databases to complete much of the work in the workbook.
Applied Math: General Studies:
- conditions the student to find the information needed to answer a question, just as they have to do in real life
- provides a scaffolded experience as the text included guided notes for completion in an instructional setting, practice problems that have final answers but no full solutions provided, and application problems that allow the student to apply what they have just learned to their own life
- has databases that are updated every year to provide the most current information possible
- eliminates the need to answer the question, “Where will I ever use this?”
Unit 1 Practical Percents
Lesson 1 – Percent Problems
Lesson 2 – Absolute and Relative Measures
Lesson 3 – Issues with Percents
Lesson 4 – Increase and Decrease in Percents
Lesson 5 – Index Numbers
Unit 2 Financial Math
Lesson 6 – Federal Taxes
Lesson 7 – Introduction to Savings Plans
Lesson 8 – More Savings and Investments
Lesson 9 – Borrowing Money
Lesson 10 – Budgets
Unit 3 Baby Statistics
Lesson 11 – Vocabulary
Lesson 12 – Statistics
Lesson 13 – Statistical Tables and Graphs
Lesson 14 – Correlation and Causality
Unit 4 Linear and Exponential Modeling
Lesson 15 – Functions and Linear Models
Lesson 16 – Exponential Models
Dawn Dabney is an associate professor of mathematics at Northeast State Community College in Blountville, TN. Northeast State typically serves over 5000 students from counties in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Dawn teaches a small variety of math courses as well as serving the Division of Mathematics as Corequisite Coordinator. She also serves the institution as a faculty assistant in the Center for Teaching and Learning, researching teaching best practices and providing professional development on these to the faculty.