Mathematics: A Practical Odyssey

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Cengage Learning, Jan 1, 2011 - Mathematics - 1024 pages
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MATHEMATICS: A PRACTICAL ODYSSEY, 7E demonstrates mathematics’ usefulness and relevance to students’ daily lives through topics such as calculating interest and understanding voting systems. Well known for its clear writing and unique variety of topics, the text emphasizes problem-solving skills, practical applications, and the history of mathematics, and unveils the relevance of mathematics and its human aspect to students. To offer flexibility in content, the book contains more information than might be covered in a one-term course. The chapters are independent of each other so instructors can select the ideal topics for their courses.
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Contents

Logic
1
Sets and Counting
67
Probability
131
Statistics
222
Finance
329
Voting and Apportionment
407
Number Systems and NumberTheory
473
Geometry
526
Linear Programming
859
The Concepts and History of Calculus
13-1
Using a Scientific Calculator
A-1
Using a Graphing Calculator
A-9
Graphing with a Graphing Calculator
A-19
Finding Points of Intersection with a Graphing Calculator
A-23
Dimensional Analysis
A-25
Body Table for the Standard Normal Distribution
A-30

Graph Theory
663
Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
731
Matrices and Markov Chains
807
Selected Answers to Odd Exercises
A-31
INDEX
I-1
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About the author (2011)

David Johnson earned a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology (with an emphasis on Learning Theory), from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and a Master's degree in Mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley. After several years working as an academic counselor at Berkeley, he became a Professor of Mathematics at Diablo Valley College (DVC). He has taught DVC's liberal arts math course regularly for about 25 years, using Mathematics a Practical Odyssey. Other favorite courses include Intermediate Algebra, all three semesters of Calculus, and Differential Equations.

Thomas Mowry earned a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in Mathematics from Michigan Technological University, in Houghton, Michigan. He began his college teaching career at City College of San Francisco and then went on to teach at San Francisco State University, Golden Gate University, and Cogswell College. He has been a professor of mathematics at Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, California since 1985, where he has taught the complete gamut of courses from arithmetic to differential equations. He has served as department chair at DVC for the last seven years. Along with co-author, David Johnson, he created a college-level, transferable mathematics course (at DVC ) designed for students in the liberal arts. As no appropriate textbooks were available for this course, he and David created Mathematics: A Practical Odyssey, which was first published in 1992.

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