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Using and Understanding Mathematics A Quantitative Reasoning Approach

ISBN-10: 0201717115
ISBN-13: 9780201717112
Edition: 2nd 2002
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Description: Most students taking this course do so to fulfill a requirement, but the true benefit of the course is learning how to use and understand mathematics in daily life. This quantitative reasoning text is written expressly for those students, providing  More...

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List price: $104.40
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Longman, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/2/2001
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 744
Size: 9.00" wide x 10.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 3.872
Language: English

Most students taking this course do so to fulfill a requirement, but the true benefit of the course is learning how to use and understand mathematics in daily life. This quantitative reasoning text is written expressly for those students, providing them with the mathematical reasoning and quantitative literacy skills they' ll need to make good decisions throughout their lives. Common-sense applications of mathematics engage students while underscoring the practical, essential uses of math.

Jeffrey BennettJeffrey Bennett holds a B.A. (1981) in biophysics from the University of California, San Diego, and an M.S. and Ph.D. (1987) in astrophysics from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has taught at every level from preschool through graduate school, including more than 50 college classes in astronomy, physics, mathematics, and education. He served two years as a visiting senior scientist at NASA headquarters, where he created NASA's "IDEAS" program, started a program to fly teachers aboard NASA's airborne observatories (including SOFIA), and worked on numerous educational programs For The Hubble Space Telescope and other space science missions. He also proposed the idea for and helped develop both the Colorado Scale Model Solar System on the CU-Boulder campus And The Voyage Scale Model Solar System on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in addition to this astronomy textbook, he has written college-level textbooks in astrobiology, mathematics, and statistics; two books For The general public: on the Cosmic Horizon (Pearson Addison-Wesley, 2001) and Beyond UFOs (Princeton University Press, 2008); and an award-winning series of children's books that includes Max Goes To The Moon, Max Goes to Mars, Max Goes to Jupiter, and Max's Ice Age Adventure. When not working, he enjoys participating in masters swimming and in the daily adventures of life with his wife, Lisa; his children, Grant and Brooke; and his dog, Cosmo. His personal Website is www.jeffreybennett.com.Seth Shostak earned his B.A. in physics from Princeton University (1965) and a Ph.D. in astronomy from the California Institute of Technology (1972). He is currently a senior astronomer at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California, where he helps press the search for intelligent cosmic company. for much of his career, Seth conducted radio astronomy research on galaxies and investigated the fact that these massive objects contain large amounts of unseen mass. He has worked at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Charlottesville, Virginia, as well as at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute in Groningen, the Netherlands (where he learned to speak bad Dutch). Seth also founded and ran a company that produced computer animation for television. He has written several hundred popular articles on various topics in astronomy, technology, film, and television. A frequent fixture on the lecture circuit, Seth gives approximately 70 talks annually at both educational and corporate institutions, and he is also a frequent commentator on astronomical matters for radio and television. His book Confessions of an Alien Hunter: A Scientist's Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (National Geographic, 2009) details the latest ideas, as well as the personal experience of his day job. When he's not trying to track down aliens, Seth can often be found behind the microphone, as host of the SETI Institute's weekly, one-hour radio show about science, Are We Alone.

Preface Prologue: Literacy for the Modern Worl
Logic and Problem Solving
Thinking Critically
Recognizing Fallacies
Propositions and Truth Values
Sets and Venn Diagrams
Analyzing Arguments 1E Critical Thinking in Everyday Life
Approaches to Problem Solving
The Problem-Solving Power of Units
Standardized Units: More Problem-Solving Power
Problem-Solving Guidelines and Hint
Quantitative Information in Everyday Life
Numbers in the Real World
Uses and Abuses of Percentages
Putting Numbers in Perspective
Dealing with Uncertainty
Index Numbers: The CPI and Beyond
How Numbers Deceive: Polygraphs, Mammograms, and More
Managing Your Money
Taking Control of Your Finances
The Power of Compounding
Savings Plans and Investments
Loan Payments, Credit Cards, and Mortgages
Income Taxes
Understanding the Federal Budge
Probability and Statistics
Statistical Reasoning
Fundamentals of Statistics
Should You Believe a Statistical Study
Statistical Tables and Graphs
Graphics in the Media
Correlation and Causality
Putting Statistics to Work
Characterizing a Data Distribution
Measures of Variation
The Normal Distribution
Statistical Inference
Probability: Living with the Odds
Fundamentals of Probability
Combining Probabilities
The Law of Large Numbers
Assessing Risk
Counting and Probabilit
Modeling
Exponential Astonishment
Growth: Linear versus Exponential
Doubling Time and Half-Life
Real Population Growth
Logarithmic Scales: Earthquakes, Sounds, and Acids
Modeling Our World
Functions: The Building Blocks of Mathematical Models
Linear Modeling
Exponential Modeling
Modeling with Geometry
Fundamentals of Geometry
Problem Solving with Geometry
Fractal Geometr
Further Applications
Mathematics and the Arts
Mathematics and Music
Perspective and Symmetry
Proportion and the Golden Ratio
Mathematics and Politics
Voting: Does the Majority Always Rule
Theory of Voting
Apportionment: The House of Representatives and Beyond
Dividing the Political Pie
Mathematics and Business
Network Analysis
The Traveling Salesman Problem
Scheduling Problem
Credits Answers
Index

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