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Question 1

Percent and Percent change

 

Choose your favorite company or brand and do a Google search for that company and “stock price history.”  For example, Graham Holdings is the parent company for Kaplan University, so enter “graham holdings stock price history” to find the price history for that stock.  If the company or brand that you chose is not publicly held, choose another one of your favorites and try again.


  • Find the price of the stock today and the price of the stock when it was initially offered (or as far back as is available).  List both prices and dates and the Web address where the information was found.
  • Find the percent change in the stock price using the following equation.
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  • Is the percent change positive or negative?  How much time elapsed between the two stock prices?  What does that tell you about the price of the stock over time?

Review an example of a response for this Discussion.

 

 

QUESTION 2

Reflection on Financial Decisions

 

For the Unit 6 Discussion Board, you will complete a reflective essay that addresses one of the following scenarios:

  • Paying the minimum payment on a credit card versus paying extra to get the credit card paid off early.
  • Investing a smaller amount beginning early in life versus investing more each month beginning later in life.

Read this resource from the KU Writing Center on how to write a reflective essay:  https://kucampus.kaplan.edu/MyStudies/AcademicSupportCenter/
WritingCenter/WritingReferenceLibrary/WritingTypesAndTools/WritingAReflectiveEssay.

 

As a basis for your essay, make at least one calculation that illustrates the scenario that you choose. If you wish, you can make more than one calculation.

In your reflective essay, you will address various questions/issues, so begin by choosing one of the scenarios, reading through list of questions, and taking notes on what you come up with.


Scenario A: Paying the minimum payment on a credit card versus paying extra to get the credit card paid off early.

  • Choose a credit card balance between $5,000 and $15,000 to do your calculations, using an 18% APR.
  • Access the “Credit Card and Compound Interest Worksheet" and first use Part 1) Determine the number of years of payments needed based on the credit card debt, interest rate, and payments size, then use Part 2) Determine a payment based on credit card debt, interest rate, and number of years until paid off.


Use Parts 1 and 2 to perform the following calculations:

  • Calculate how long it would take to pay off the credit card balance paying only the minimum payment.
  • Choose an amount of time between 2 and 10 years and calculate the monthly payment required to pay off the credit card balance in that amount of time.
  • Choose any amount over the minimum monthly payment and determine how long it would take to pay off the credit balance.

Address the following questions in your essay:

  • Do you think credit cards are a wise way to pay for things?
  • Do you think credit cards are necessary?
  • What would keep you from paying extra on the credit card?
  • What would it mean to you to be able to pay the credit card off early?
  • What would you be willing to give up or do to do be able to pay extra on the credit?


Scenario B: Investing a smaller amount beginning early in life versus investing more each month beginning later in life.

  • Access the attached "Credit Card and Compound Interest Worksheet" and use Part 3) Determine the future value of an investment based on the payments, how often payments are per year, number of years, and a specific interest rate.
  • Start by choosing how much you will save each month for your investment.
    • Choose an amount between $100 and $500 to use as the monthly addition.
    • Choose a number of years between 20 and 30 for your investment account to grow.
    • Choose an interest rate between 3.00% and 10.00%. Set compound interest to 12 times per year. What is the future value of your account?
  • Keeping all other factors the same, change the number of years to between 5 and 15 for your investment to grow. What is the future value of your account?


Address the following questions in your essay:

  • What would you have to give up to be able to start saving early in life?
  • What would you have to give up if you were to begin saving later in life?
  • What would it mean to you to have extra money each month available to you when you retire?
  • What would it mean to you to feel secure about the amount of money you have saved for your retirement?

Now that you have thought through these questions and taken notes, it is time for you to draft your reflective essay. Every piece of writing should have an introduction, body, and conclusion. A good way to plan this particular reflective essay is to write an introduction to the essay. Next, write at least three body paragraphs.

If you use outside sources for this essay, they need to be cited in proper APA format. You can find numerous APA resources in the KU Writing Center Writing Reference Library on the Research, Citation, and Plagiarism page.

 https://kucampus.kaplan.edu/MyStudies/AcademicSupportCenter/WritingCenter/WritingReferenceLibrary/ResearchCitationAndPlagiarism/Index.aspx 

Your essay should include a highly developed purpose and viewpoint; it should also be written in Standard American English and demonstrate exceptional content, organization, style, grammar, and mechanics. There should be no evidence of plagiarism. If you are unsure about what constitutes plagiarism, please review the KU plagiarism policy.  
https://kucampus.kaplan.edu/MyStudies/AcademicSupportCenter/WritingCenter/WritingReferenceLibrary/ResearchCitationAndPlagiarism/KaplanUniversitysPlagiarismPolicy.aspx 

 

QUESTION 3
Conversions

During this unit, you will explore two different measurement systems: The metric system and the U.S. system of measurement. You will be exposed to both measurement systems either by converting a measurement in that specific system or commenting on a student’s conversion in a different system. 

Post 1

1.  Begin your response by stating the measurement system you believe is easier to make conversions in, the U.S. system or the metric system. Justify your reasoning with supporting details as to why you believe this system is easier.

2.  If you believe that metric conversions are easier, write and post a metric conversion. Choose a four-digit number with no numbers repeated and convert from one unit to another. For example, convert 3450 decigrams to kilograms. You can convert between any two units shown in Table 8.1 on page 437 of the text. Or, if you are feeling a little more adventurous, you can choose between any two units on the table shown on page 438 of the text. Write a complete explanation, showing all steps used in the conversion. Explain each step as if you were the expert explaining it to a novice.

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If you think that U.S. conversions are easier, write and post a U.S. conversion problem using one of the following conversions.


 UnitConversionChart  

If you need to find the conversion factors, they are readily available on in the Internet. Do not forget to post a link to the site where you found your conversions. NOTE: You must show the conversion step by step including the intermediate conversion. For example, when converting from inches to yards, you must first convert to feet and then convert to yards. Explain how to do the conversion showing all work. Be sure to explain each step of your conversion in words as well as showing the math work.

3.  Discuss a real-life situation where you may use this conversion.

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