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The Discussion Board (DB) is part of the core of online learning. Classroom discussion in an online environment requires the active participation of students and the instructor to create robust interaction and dialogue. Every student is expected to create an original response to the open-ended DB question as well as engage in dialogue by responding to posts created by others throughout the week. At the end of each unit, DB participation will be assessed based on both level of engagement and the quality of the contribution to the discussion.

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At a minimum, each student will be expected to post an original and thoughtful response to the DB question and contribute to the weekly dialogue by responding to at least two other posts from students. The first contribution must be posted before midnight (Central Time) on Wednesday of each week. Two additional responses are required after Wednesday of each week. Students are highly encouraged to engage on the Discussion Board early and often, as that is the primary way the university tracks class attendance and participation.

The purpose of the Discussion Board is to allow students to learn through sharing ideas and experiences as they relate to course content and the DB question. Because it is not possible to engage in two-way dialogue after a conversation has ended, no posts to the DB will be accepted after the end of each unit.  

A financial institution in your community is advertising “Simple Interest Car Loans”. Here is their ad.

“Looking for an attractive loan for the car of your dreams? Well, you have to look no more. Come in and show us your car deal. We will match any car loan and reduce the interest rate by 1%, with our “simple interest car loan”. No down payment needed, and no trade-ins. Our loans must have a minimum interest rate of .5%.”

In this assignment you are examining common applications of linear functions. Here, the linear function is F(r) = (pt)r + p, where r is the independent variable (the interest rate changes) and F(r) is the dependent variable (F(r) is the total cost of the car for different interest rates). For F(r) = (pt)r + p to be considered a linear function, the values of p (the sales price of the car) and t (the time in years for repaying the loan) must remain constant in the calculations. 

  1. Search the internet and locate the sale price for the car of your dreams. (For the purpose of this exercise, you can ignore sales, down payments, taxes, and other normal purchase expenses.) This is p in this assignment.
  2. Determine the annual interest rate for your loan using information from a local bank or an internet ad and be sure to give your references. Reduce this rate by 1%. This is one value of r, but expressed as a decimal. The decimal equivalent of this interest rate is one of the values of r in this assignment.
  3. Decide the time, in years, you wish to repay the loan (typically, 3-7 years, half years like 5.5 years are okay). This is t in this assignment.
  4. Determine the interest on your loan, using the formula:
  • Determine the total cost of your loan, using the formula:
    • Total cost = (sale price*time)rate + Sale Price
  • Model the total cost as a linear function, with interest rate as the independent variable:
  • Divide the total cost by the number of months, to determine the monthly payment.
  • Repeat steps 4, 5, and 6 to determine the cost of the loan if the interest rate had not been reduced by 1% – how much money did you save monthly and in total?
  • Summarize your findings by writing a brief statement that includes the pertinent information from the steps above; rates, totals, savings, etc…
  • Include references formatted according to APA style.
  • Respond to a classmate’s posting. If you think there may be an error, feel free to help your classmate without providing the correct answer. Otherwise, analyze the post in comparison to yours or add new information to the discussion.
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    In your own words, please post a response to the Discussion Board and comment on other postings. You will be graded on the quality of your postings.

     

    For assistance with your assignment, please use your text, Web resources, and all course materials.

    Course Materials

    Unit 1 Course Materials

    Objective:
    • Solve inequalities.
    • Apply principles of analytic geometry.
    • Solve equations, such as linear, quadratic, radical, rational, exponential and logarithmic.
    • Graph functions such as linear, quadratic, radical, rational, exponential and logarithmic.

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