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Using Business Maths

New student-friendly textbook introducing common calculations encountered regularly in both personal and business scenarios.

  • Presents calculations and problems in a clear and logical manner using humour and illustrations to aid understanding.
  • Positions the concepts of maths and calculations in the real world and demonstrates the importance of maths in everyday life.
  • Demonstrates how to use a calculator accurately to perform extended calculations, as well as how to perform simple calculations without a calculator.
  • Clearly explains percentages, law of indices, rules of logarithms, simple and compound interest, payroll and associated taxes, VAT, net profit and loss and algebra, including quadratic equations.
  • Illustrates how to mathematise scenarios, make an initial model, decide on appropriate mathematical techniques and tools, examine relationships and assumptions, make adjustments and present results and conclusions.
  • Includes sample questions and answers along with graded end-of-chapter questions.

Specifically written for the revised NFQ Level 4 modules Business Calculations (4N2279) and Functional Mathematics (4N2138) modules, as awarded by QQI.


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Publication Date

May 2013




Paperback, 240 pages

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Gill Education


Chapter 1: Introduction and Background 
Chapter 2: Using a Calculator
Chapter 3: Brilliant Basics: getting Numbers to Work for You
Chapter 4: A Little Algebra
Chapter 5: Bits of Fractions
Chapter 6: What's the Point in Decimals?
Chapter 7: Percentages are Everywhere
Chapter 8: A Space for Area, Volume and Capacity
Chapter 9: Work, Wages and Taxes
Chapter 10: Value Added Tax (VAT)
Chapter 11: Interesting Interest, Insurance and Depreciation
Chapter 12: Budgets for Home and Business
Chapter 13: Prices and Profit
Chapter 14: Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics
Chapter 15: Indices and Logs


245 x 172 mm


By Robert Jordan

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Robert Jordan is a former accountant and auditor and currently teaches Business Studies in Roslyn Park College, Dublin. He specialises in Accounting, Bookkeeping and Enterprise, and has taught the Business Calculations module for many years.

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