# Nature of Mathematics (with Cengagenow and Personal Tutor Printed Access Card)

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Description: Written for liberal arts students and based on the belief that learning to solve problems is the principal reason for studying mathematics, the major theme of this book is problem solving. In the first section, Karl Smith introduces students to More...

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List price: $323.95

Edition: 11th

Copyright year: 2007

Publisher: Brooks/Cole

Publication date: 9/29/2006

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 1088

Size: 8.25" wide x 10.25" long x 1.50" tall

Weight: 4.444

Language: English

Written for liberal arts students and based on the belief that learning to solve problems is the principal reason for studying mathematics, the major theme of this book is problem solving. In the first section, Karl Smith introduces students to Polya's problem-solving techniques and then shows students how to use these techniques throughout the book to solve unfamiliar problems. In addition to the problem solving emphasis, the book is well renowned for its clear writing, coverage of historical topics, selection of topics, level, and exercise sets that feature great applications problems. Since the first edition of Smith's text was published, thousands of students have "experienced" mathematics rather than just doing problems. Smith's writing style gives students the confidence and ability to utilize mathematics in their everyday lives. The emphasis on problem solving and estimation, along with numerous in-text study aids, encourages students to understand the concepts while mastering techniques.