Nature of Mathematics

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Cengage Learning, Jan 1, 2011 - Mathematics - 1024 pages
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Written for liberal arts students and based on the belief that learning to solve problems is the principal reason for studying mathematics, Karl Smith introduces students to Polya's problem-solving techniques and shows them how to use these techniques to solve unfamiliar problems that they encounter in their own lives. Through the emphasis on problem solving and estimation, along with numerous in-text study aids, students are assisted in understanding the concepts and mastering the techniques. In addition to the problem-solving emphasis, THE NATURE OF MATHEMATICS is renowned for its clear writing, coverage of historical topics, selection of topics, level, and excellent applications problems. Smith includes material on such practical real-world topics as finances (e.g. amortization, installment buying, annuities) and voting and apportionment. With the help of this text, thousands of students have experienced mathematics rather than just do problems--and benefited from a writing style that boosts their confidence and fosters their ability to use mathematics effectively in their everyday lives.
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Contents

The Nature Of Sets
48
The Nature Of Logic
82
The Nature Of Numeration Systems
134
The Nature Of Numbers
174
The Nature Of Algebra
250
The Nature Of Geometry
330
The Nature Of Networks And Graph Theory
388
The Nature Of Measurement
426
The Nature Of Probability
606
The Nature Of Statistics
660
The Nature Of Graphs And Functions
714
The Nature Of Mathematical Systems
756
The Nature Of Voting And Apportionment
812
The Nature Of Calculus
870
Why Not Math? Mathematics In The Natural Sciences Social Sciences And Humanities
589
Appendices
601

The Nature Of Growth
472
The Nature Of Financial Management
502
The Nature Of Counting
572

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About the author (2011)

Karl Smith is professor emeritus at Santa Rosa Junior College in Santa Rosa, California. He has written over 36 mathematics textbooks and believes that students can learn mathematics if it is presented to them through the use of concrete examples designed to develop original thinking, abstraction, and problem-solving skills. Over one million students have learned mathematics from Karl Smith's textbooks.

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