**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

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Dawn
Dabney
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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.