Financial Algebra

Ideal for 3rd or 4th year math students, FINANCIAL ALGEBRA: ADVANCED ALGEBRA WITH FINANCIAL APPLICATIONS applies mathematical concepts in practical business and personal finance contexts. Aligned to the Common Core State Standards, FINANCIAL ALGEBRA helps students achieve success by incorporating Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry topics.

Authors Robert Gerver and Richard Sgroi have spent their 25+ year-careers teaching students of all ability levels and they have found the most success when math is connected to the real world. FINANCIAL ALGEBRA encourages students to be actively involved in applying mathematical ideas to their everyday lives – credit, banking insurance, the stock market, independent living and more!

The 2014 edition aligns and applies the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Each lesson clearly identifies domains and standards that are covered in addition to CCSS Warm-up activities to kick off the instruction.

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Robert Gerver
Robert Gerver is a well-known mathematics teacher, author, and speaker at mathematics conferences throughout the U.S. Robert Gerver received his undergraduate degree from Queens College of the City Un... more
Richard Sgroi
Robert Gerver and Richard Sgroi created SOUND FOUNDATIONS in the summer of 1980 for use in their mathematics course at North Shore High School, Glen Head, New York. SOUND FOUNDATIONS has been success... more

Instructor's Resource CD-ROM

The Instructor Resource CD includes lesson plans, PowerPoint® presentations for each chapter, workbook solutions, and additional activities.

Annotated Instructor’s Editions

The Annotated Instructor's Edition keeps useful teaching and reference notes, helpful suggestions, and ready solutions at your fingertips.

Guided Practice CD

The Guided Practice CD provides print-on-demand reteaching worksheets. Key concepts are reviewed through guided practice exercises and additional applications. This alternative option to the student workbook will strengthen students’ understanding of algebraic concepts and their business and finance applications.

ExamView Computerized Test Generator

ExamView saves time in effectively assessing your students’ understanding of chapter concepts. Simply edit, add, delete, or rearrange questions.


Interactive Whiteboard Presentation CD

The Interactive Whiteboard Presentation CD saves preparation time and enhances your classroom instruction with interactive whiteboard lesson presentations. Presentation CD is compatible with all interactive whiteboards.

K12 VitalSource 1YR Mobile eBook

VitalSource is an interactive ebook platform that provides content in an engaging, digital format. With VitalSource, ebooks can be downloaded onto a device or accessed online.


NCAA Certification

The NCAA Eligibility Center certifies the academic and amateur credentials of all students who want to play sports at an NCAA Division I or II institution as freshmen. NCAA requires that students complete a minimum of 16 core courses (14 core courses for 2011 and 2012 graduates attending a Div II institution) to be able to practice, play, and receive a scholarship at an NCAA Division I or II college or university. Core Courses must be approved by NCAA and added to your school’s approved course list.

Keep in mind that NCAA gives accreditation to courses rather than textbooks. Several schools using Financial Algebra have received NCAA approval and we can assist you with that application process. NCAA's guidelines must be adhered to in order for the course to be accepted. You will notice that the course proposed (see course proposal resources below) is well aligned with the textbook and maintains the mathematical rigor of an upper level math course. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the NCAA website and their criteria for course approval.

What is a core course?

A course must be:

  • An academic course that receives high school graduation credit in one or a combination of these areas: English, mathematics, natural/physical science, social science, foreign language, nondoctrinal/comparative religion, or philosophy;
  • Four-year college preparatory;
  • At or above your high school’s regular academic level;
  • Algebra I or higher in the math area;
  • Taught by a qualified instructor

To review your school’s updated list, please visit

If you are submitting a core course for approval, it is necessary to submit the following information on each course. National Geographic Learning provides many of the documents listed below; however, several of the items are school-specific and will need to be provided by the school.

  • Course syllabus and description [Note: Algebra 1 is the only prerequisite for this course]
  • Table of Contents from textbooks and/or other resources [Note: Include the Tables of Contents for additional reference materials, such as textbooks in the areas of Geometry, Algebra II, Precalculus, Calculus, and Statistics. This will help accurately reflect the rigor of the course.]
  • Course outline with units of instruction covered and time spent on each unit
  • Verification or documentation that shows the course receives graduation credit in the area submitted (school-specific)
  • For all math courses, a map or diagram that shows where the submitted courses fit within your various sequences and a copy of the math section from the course selection book (school-specific)

If you have questions about any materials listed above, please contact the authors at: Robert Gerver or Richard Sgroi

For more information about the submission process, visit If you have further questions, you can contact the NCAA Eligibility Center at:

Core-Course Review
P.O. Box 7136
Indianapolis, Indiana 46207-7136

Shipping/Overnight Address:
NCAA Eligibility Center
1802 Alonzo Watford Sr. Drive
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

Toll Free: 877-622-2321 (877-NCAA-EC1)
Fax: 317-968-5102