Real World Math: Money and Other Numbers in Your Life

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A guide outlining how math is used in everyday situations such as banking, using credit, and buying a car. Offers tips on ways to avoid problems with money.

A guide outlining how math is used in everyday situations such as banking, using credit, and buying a car. Offers tips on ways to avoid problems with money.

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Overview

A guide outlining how math is used in everyday situations such as banking, using credit, and buying a car. Offers tips on ways to avoid problems with money.

A guide outlining how math is used in everyday situations such as banking, using credit, and buying a car. Offers tips on ways to avoid problems with money.

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VOYA - Joyce Yen
Real World Math is filled with sound advice, fun tips, and important and accurate information for teens interested in spending and saving money. It encourages teens to become familiar with the numbers in their lives and the ways they can manage their money. Bank accounts, credit cards, investments, rent, shopping, and education are just some of the topics explored and placed in a context teens can identify with. This well-organized book introduces vocabulary in sections called "How to Speak..." where simple definitions are given for common terminology in a particular area. For example, there is a "How to Speak Bank" and a "How to Speak Credit" section. Simple, concrete exams are given for various calculations such as calculating credit card interest or computing sales tax or converting annual interest rates. The book makes doing math and learning about finances manageable, providing excellent lists of sample questions teens can and should ask when, for example, establishing a bank account or buying a car or making some other financial decision. The book also provides good references, both within the text and in the appendix, for where to get additional information. In the appendix, multiple references are given for almost every topic discussed in the book. There are only a few flaws. In chapter one, the authors want readers to become familiar with the numbers in their daily lives, but they use two poor examples. In the example about height and weight, the numbers are unrealistic: 5 feet 8 inches and 110 pounds. The illustration in the social security number example uses a real number and name. While the name and number might not correspond with each other, the authors should have used a name such as Jane Doe and a number like 000-00-0000. Overall, this is an excellent book packed with useful information. Readers interested in a specific topic can choose to read a single chapter, or they can read the entire book for a solid overview of financial topics. Teens should read this excellent resource and then discuss it with a parent or guardian. Index. Illus. Appendix. VOYA Codes: 4Q 2P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, For the YA with a special interest in the subject, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-In this age of easy credit, teens need to learn some hard facts before they start handling their own finances. This volume addresses the nuts and bolts and potential problems of shopping, banking, and charging. Each chapter is devoted to a specific topic, such as balancing a checkbook, paying for college, or buying a car. The writing is down-to-earth but filled with valuable information on interest rates, budgeting, and credit-card payments. The informative illustrations include examples of utility bills, checkbook registers, etc. Numerous dialogue boxes give definitions of complicated terms and ask readers to consider such questions as how to make tipping easier and how to save for the prom. An accessible book for those who have to make the most of their limited resources.-Christine A. Moesch, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761302513
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/1998
  • Series: Single Titles Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.18 (w) x 10.23 (h) x 0.58 (d)

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