## mathematics at work 10 Earning an income

**Specific Curriculum Outcomes**

**N02**Students will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of income to calculate gross pay and net pay, including wages, salary, contracts, commissions, and piecework.

**A01**Students will be expected to solve problems that require the manipulation and application of formulas related to perimeter, area, the Pythagorean theorem, primary trigonometric ratios,

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*and income*## Activities

**Summer Tree Planting**- Investigate how much money you could earn planting trees during the summer. How much money could you make? Would this be a good summer job? What are the pros/cons of this type of employment. The questions on page 204 of McGraw Hill's Math at Work 10 textbook are a good starting point but you could discuss with students if planting 3500 trees per week is realistic... what do you think?

**Would You Rather?**- Would you rather make a salary of $30,000 per year OR the full time rate of $15 per hour? Assume that you would work a 40 hour work week with the hourly rate. Whichever answer you choose, justify your reasoning.

**Part Time Jobs**- Research some part time jobs that high school students typically work in. What makes for a good job and what is a bad job?