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Your algebra learners become bankers for a day as they explore compounding interest and the formula used to calculate the balance in a savings account. Questions guide the learners as they analyze the formula's parts and their connection to the real world.
Now that scholars understand more of currency imbalance and artificially suppressed currency, Sal discusses motivations of the different actors. He briefly touches on the difficulty of unwinding a cycle like this once it has begun. Learners see the Chinese perspective, looking historically back at the big-picture goal of being on-par industrially with the developed world. They examine the impact of an offshore manufacturing base, both on the US and China. Sal also brings up the US point of view and outlines the economic problems that will ensue if this cycle were to stop. He sets up a brief parallel to the recent recession, so consider challenging scholars to think more deeply on that connection.
Students examine the true cost of loans and compute costs and savings for a car or house loan. They determine the best option for a hypothetical loan.
In this loan amortization worksheet, students compute the interest and principal payment for a $150,000 loan. A set payment amount is included, students keep a running total of the loan balance as they work.
This short clip is essentially just a review of what Sal has discussed in previous videos about the China-US trade situation. He goes over all the details, discussing the trade imbalance and the way the Chinese government keeps the Yuan from appreciating by increasing its supply. He also discusses the practice of investing in US treasuries, increasing the supply of money for loans in the US and decreasing interest rates. Ask scholars what they think of Sal's last point about spending more because debt is cheaper. Does this mean they would spend more?
Students learn about finance and money management and use math to solve problems, communicate, and explore real life situations as they deal with banks. In this financial management lesson, students apply their math skills to real life scenarios through role play and online resources.
Practice consumer mathematics through by investigating home mortgages. Budding economists find the interest rates for 30-year and 15-year loans and calculate the estimated monthly payments. They use their data to compare periods of time and interest rates for the national median price of a home.
Eleventh graders assume the role of a financial adviser analyzing the financial situation and making recommendations for a family wanting to purchase a house. Students compile a financial report with an analysis of the family's financial situation, one-time costs when purchasing a house, a recommended down payment, monthly expenses, mortgage payments based on interest rates and amortization periods, and a recommendation for an appropriate mortgage.
In this calculating interest worksheet, 7th graders solve 10 different problems that include determining the simple interest in each box. First, they identify and define the terms for finding the simple interest in each. Then, students determine the missing values in each set by using the formula given at the top of the sheet.
In this interest problem worksheet, students read investment problems and determine necessary information. They compute the amount of simple interest earned, find the principal, or determine the time. They identify the principal, interest, and rate. This three-page worksheet contains explanations, examples and eight problems. Answers are provided at the bottom of the page.
Middle schoolers discuss money and interest.  In this discussing money and interest lesson plan, students discuss positives of an economic recession.  Middle schoolers discuss how savings rates have increased over time and the general attitude towards savings has changed.  Students discuss spending habits with classmates, friends, and family.  Middle schoolers research differents ways to save money.
In this interest calculation instructional activity, middle schoolers solve 6 math application problems in which the principal and interest is calculated at different rates. Students also solve a ratio application problem.
For this consumer math worksheet, students review the process for finding simple interest. They apply the interest formula as they find the simple interest, and the sum of the principal and interest in 9 examples. They complete a chart with the information.
In this math worksheet, learners look for the solutions to the problems using interest. Then they calculate the new principal after adding the interest.
In this two variables worksheet, students solve and complete 10 different word problems. First, they find the original number given two of the digits. Then, students determine the amount invested over a period of time given the interest rate.
In this Algebra I activity, 9th graders determine the interest rate at which you would have to invest $24 in 1626 in order for it to be worth $730 trillion in 2007. The one page activity contains one problem. Answer is provided. 
In this logarithms worksheet, students graph equations and identify the y-intercept. They write and solve equations to reflect the given story problem. Students determine the interest rate, solve logarithms and rewrite exponential equations in logarithmic form.
High schoolers explain how their lives would be more difficult in a world with no money.
Students investigate what the purchasing of a car entails. They explore car criteria and financing options.
Students calculate the market value of bonds. In this bonds instructional activity, students use the TI-83 or TI-84 calculators to find the market value of bonds from given interest rates. Detailed instructions show users how to perform calculations on the TI calculators through examples.

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