Palindromes: Search for numbers in The Bowie News that are palindromes (a number that remains the same when written backwards, such as 656). If you can’t find a
palindromic number, compute the palindrome of any number by reversing the digits and adding the numbers together. For example, to find the palindrome of 369, add 963 to it. This gives 1,332, which is not a palindrome. Then add its reverse (2,331) to it, which equals 3663, a palindrome.
Computing Commissions: Determine the commission you would make if you sold a car listed in the classified section and made 13% commission. Find the car you would most like to sell and compute the commission you’d make.
Computing Car Finance Charges: Identify and cut several ads from the The Bowie News that offer credit terms. Determine the total amount paid for the product under the credit terms. For example, find your dream car in one of the ads. Pretend that you put $2,000 down payment and finance the balance for three years
at 15%. How much will you pay the bank? What will your monthly payments be?
Vital Statistics: Look through the obituaries in the The Bowie News and find the average age of death for one week. Keep a record of your findings for a month and graph your results. On one given week: Find the median age of death, the mode age of death, the average age of death for men and the average age of death for women.
Cost Per Acre of Farmland: Turn to the Land heading in the Real Estate section of The Bowie News. Calculate the average cost per acre of a piece of land.
Graphing TV Entertainment: Categorize the television shows in today’s TV schedule in The Bowie News into the following headlines: religious, educational, humorous, sports or informative. Calculate the fractional part of the total TV schedule occupied by each type of show. Construct a circle graph to illustrate this.