Aunt Sophie's Post Office: Work out the number of stamps needed to post a parcel.
Aunty Dotty: A real life situation requiring the division an amount of money according to a given ratio.
Guitar For Sale: A question about the profit made when buying and selling a guitar.
Hotel Sumview: Can you work out what rooms at the hotel the family booked to produce the given bill?
Light Shopping: A lamp and a bulb together cost 32 pounds. The lamp costs 30 pounds more than the bulb. How much does the bulb cost?
Missing Pound: A puzzle about a restaurant bill. Exactly where did the missing pound go?
Refreshing Revision: It is called Refreshing Revision because every time you refresh the page you get different revision questions.
Shopping List: A quick quiz about five items on a shopping list written 40 years ago.
Sid's Schemes: Work out which is the best scheme for Sid to choose for his summer bonus. One scheme involves a common misconception about percentages.
Student Loans: Six students borrow £5000 to help pay for their university course. Calculate how much each student will have to pay back to the lender.
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For many pupils the ability to understand financial transactions is a skill they thank their mathematics teacher for. Understanding the use of money is a real, practical application of mathematics in the real world and is just as important today as ever it was.
Money Teacher Resources:
Compound Interest Calculator: A customised online calculator for quickly finding the solutions to compound interest problems.
Currency Conversion: Test your ability to convert from one currency to another with this self marking quiz.
Flowchart Bills: Calculate bill totals by following the instructions given in the form of a flow chart.
Interest: Practise using the formulas for simple interest and compound interest.
Mathopoly: A game of buying and selling property with maths questions thrown in for good measure.
Money Maths: Test your skills and understanding with this online exercise about Money Maths and Personal Finance.
Stamp Sticking: Drag stamps onto the envelopes to make the exact postage as shown at the top left of each envelope.
Take Baht: How many different ways can you make a given total with Thai coins?
Thai Restaurant: Calculate the restaurant bills for each of the tables in the Thai Restaurant.
Unit Pricing: Calculate the unit cost of items to earn jigsaw pieces that make a joke.
Finally there is Topic Test, a set of 10 randomly chosen, multiple choice questions suggested by people from around the world.
Alternatively, for the more advanced student, there is an ever-growing collection of Exam-Style Questions with worked solutions on the topic of Finance.
Aunt Lucy's Legacy: Decide which of the four schemes Aunt Lucy proposes will provide the most money. This investigation involves the sum of sequences as well as considering life expectancy.
Aunt Sophie's Post Office: Investigate the ways of making up various postage amounts using 3p and 8p stamps. An online stamp calculator is provided for you to check your working.
Have you got change?: An investigation about making change for different amounts.
lnvestigating stamps: How many different postage amounts can you make with the given stamps?
Simple vs Compound Interest: This video portrays a visual of how to explain the difference between simple interest and compound interest in a very practical way.
The Invention of Money: An excerpt from the animated film American Dream
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