The Mathematics of Money

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The Mathematics of Money
Economics Course
Course CodeMONY
Year Opened2008
Sites OfferedATN, BRI, HAV, HKU, SCZ, SUN
Previously OfferedBTH, CAL, EST
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Course Description

From the CTY Summer Catalog:

Why are round-trip fares from Orlando to Kansas City higher than those from Kansas City to Orlando? How do interest rate adjustments made by the Federal Reserve affect the real estate market? How does one calculate the price-earnings ratio of a stock and use that result to help predict that stock’s future performance? Mathematics plays an indispensable part in answering each of these questions.

This course provides students with a mathematical grounding in central concepts of business and finance. Students investigate the mathematics of buying and selling, and apply these principles to real- world situations. They gain fluency with the concepts of simple and compound interest and learn how these affect the present and future value of loans, mortgages, and interest-bearing accounts. Students investigate various forms of taxes, considering their impact on personal and governmental budgets. In their examination of these topics, students manipulate and solve algebraic expressions, and also learn to apply a range of mathematical concepts including direct and indirect variation and arithmetic and exponential growth. Through simulations, entrepreneurial projects, and classroom investigations, this course provides students with the foundation required to be more secure in their financial management and enhances their understanding of the broader economic conditions that shape investments in the public and private sector.