For All Practical Purposes: Mathematical Literacy in Today's World

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Macmillan, 2006 - Mathematics - 894 pages
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For All Practical Purposes is the most effective and engaging textbook available for showing mathematics at work in areas with a direct impact on our lives (consumer products and advertising, politics, the economy, the Internet).  It was the first, and remains the best, textbook for liberal arts students and for instructors who want to bring students the excitement of contemporary mathematical thinking and help their students think logically and critically.  The new edition offers a number of changes designed to make the text more accessible than ever to a wider range of students and instructors.
 

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This book doesn't even deserve a single star. It's explanations are faulty, the answers are frequently incorrect, and it falls apart very easily.

Contents

Linear Programming 124
1
Leonhard Euler
7
Israel Electric Company
20
design
27
Business Efficiency
37
Planning and Scheduling
80
Management Science
91
Using Mathematical Tools
101
Apportionment
504
To the Instructor
513
ON SIZE AND GROWTH Chapters have been blended to create more
519
A Legal Challenge
526
PARTV
591
The Mathematics 16 4 Encoding Personal Data
608
The 1994 Nobel Prize
619
Dancing Men
639

Case Studies in Linear
127
Father of Linear Programming
147
3
167
Scatterplot Smoothers
229
Data for Decisions
254
How Accurate Is Our Poll?
280
Probability and Risk
302
Cancer Clusters
317
VOTING AND SOCIAL
337
The Historical Record
344
Kenneth J Arrow
357
The Manipulability
369
Weighted Voting Systems
391
A Mathematical Quagmire
405
The Electoral College
415
Electing the President
433
PART IV
473
PARTV THE DIGITAL Skills Check
652
Identification Numbers 593 Suggested Readings
659
PART VI
661
Strive Then to Be Perfect
721
A MileHigh Building? 675 Review Vocabulary
740
Galileo and the Writing Projects
753
Sir Roger Penrose
774
Leonardo of Pisa Skills Check
784
How the Greeks Writing Projects
791
YOUR MONEY
793
Whats the Real Rate?
840
What We Did with
846
Savings Models 795 Writing Projects
857
The Number e 807 Spotlight 23 1 12 Billion by 2050
863
Nobel Prize for a Model Resources
876
Borrowing Models 834 Answers to Skills Check Exercises SC1
1
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COMAP, the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications, is a group of mathematicians and teachers dedicated to helping students learn by showing how mathematics is put to work in their lives.

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