integers in the real world

Assignment Instructions

Integers in the Real World

Connecting Integers to Finances

Imagine that you have graduated and obtained your ideal job! This project will help you connect what you have learned about integers to personal finances.

In this project, you will:

  1. Learn to describe income using an equation.
  2. Learn to evaluate your income based on given hours per week or a goal amount of money.
  3. Learn to make reasonable conclusions about finances.
  4. Connect the idea of positive and negative integers to credits and debits within accounts.

To complete this project you will:

  1. Complete the Ideal Job Worksheet to guide you in developing your budget. Be sure to show all work!
  2. Complete a 2-page, double-spaced, APA formatted report. In the report, you need to present your findings and explain the connections between your calculations and integers. Thoughts to include in the report include: What types of transactions are positive or negative? How can you write an expression to determine your income? How can you write an equation to solve the number of hours you need to work or the amount of money you need to make to reach your financial goals.

Ideal Job Worksheet

Length/Formatting Instructions

300 Words

12 point in Word

Should be pasted into the Word document if possible

APA referencing system is necessary in assignments, especially material copied from the Internet.

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You have landed your ideal job!

In this worksheet you will need to answer each question fully and showing all work. The use your findings to write your 2 page report on your findings

1. Research jobs using your degree and identify a job you would be

interested. Use a website like to determine the salary for

the job you are interested in. Then Find out the hourly pay amount based

on what is given. Be sure to cite your source in the worksheet and in your


2. Write an equation to express how much money you would make if you

worked h hours. Where I equals income:

3. Would you consider your income to be a positive or a negative integer?


4. How many hours would you need to work to earn $400 per week (assume

overtime is paid at the regular hourly rate)?

5. Now let’s assume that your car is currently paid off but you have to pay

gas and budget for driving to and from your new job. Find out the local gas

price and write an equation to describe the price of gas for g gallons.

When M is the amount of money you spend on gas each week. Estimate

the mileage to your new job each week and explain what the weekly gas

coast would be for your budget.

6. Would the gas cost be considered a positive or a negative integer? Why?

7. Write an expression that calculates your weekly balance in your account

based on a 40 hour work week and accounting for the gas account. Show

integers as positive or negative.

8. Now determine your monthly gas cost for your trip to work. To do this

assume there are 4 weeks in a month, and be sure to use positive or

negative integers as needed. Show all work?

9. Identify other expenses that you may have such as rent, utilities, etc.

Estimate amounts for these and complete a monthly budget showing your

balance at the end of the month with all income and expenses accounted


10. Use the information you found in items 1-9 to write up your report. Start

your report with an introductory paragraph on posit and negative integers.

Be sure to explain why it is important to identify numbers as positive or

negative when working with a budget. Then in the body of your report

explain your finding in 1-9. Last in a conclusion paragraph explain what

this exercise has taught you about your finances after graduation and how

integers are used in everyday life.

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