Students participate in a series of activities that provide them with a simulated credit score and an auto loan interest rate based on their credit score. Then they learn to use compound interest and amortization schedules to calculate the real cost of buying a car, and they compare the total cost of buying a car for individuals with high and low credit scores. At the conclusion, students have a second opportunity to obtain a higher credit score and evaluate how this will affect what kind of car they can buy. Students should have some mathematical background in exponents and the idea of percents before beginning this lesson.
Students will investigate unforseen costs of car loans and/or house loans. They will then evaluate the economics of decision making, the ramifications of their choices, and options available to them. Students will compute costs and savings for a car and/or house loan with or without added insurance costs.
The students will see how compounding returns make investing at a young age pay off.
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