Mathematics A Practical Odyssey

ISBN-10: 0495012734

ISBN-13: 9780495012733

Edition: 6th 2007

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Description: Well known for its clear writing and unique variety of topics, MATHEMATICS: A PRACTICAL ODYSSEY demonstrates how mathematics is usable and relevant to students. Throughout the book, the authors emphasize problem solving skills, practical applications, and the history of mathematics. Students encounter topics that will be useful in their daily lives, such as calculating interest and understanding voting systems. They are encouraged to recognize the relevance of mathematics and appreciate its human aspect. To offer flexibility in content, the book contains more information than could 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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List price: $210.95
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Brooks/Cole
Publication date: 9/22/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 912
Size: 0.33" wide x 0.41" long x 0.06" tall
Weight: 4.246
Language: English

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.

Deductive vs. Inductive Reasoning
Symbolic Logic
Truth Tables
More on Conditionals
Analyzing Arguments
Sets and Counting
Sets and Set Operations
Applications of Venn Diagrams
Introduction to Combinatorics
Permutations and Combinations
Infinite Sets
History of Probability
Basic Terms of Probability
Basic Rules of Probability
Combinatorics and Probability
Expected Value
Conditional Probability
Trees in Genetics
Population, Sample, and Data
Measures of Central Tendency
Measures of Dispersion
The Normal Distribution
Polls and Margin of Error
Linear Regression
Simple Interest
Compound Interest
Amortized Loans
Annual Percentage Rate on a Graphing Calculator
Payout Annuities
Voting and Apportionment
Voting Systems
Methods of Apportionment
Flaws of Apportionment
Number Systems and Number Theory
Place Systems
Arithmetic in Different Bases
Primes and Perfect Numbers
The Fibonacci Sequence and the Golden Ratio
Perimeter and Area
Volume and Surface Area
Egyptian Geometry
The Greeks
Right Triangle Trigonometry
Conic Sections and Analytic Geometry
Non-Euclidean Geometry
Fractal Geometry
The Perimeter and Area of a Fractal
Graph Theory
A Walk Through Konigsberg
Graphs and Euler Paths
Hamilton Circuits
Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
Review of Exponentials and Logarithms
Review of Properties of Logarithms
Exponential Growth
Exponential Decay
Logarithmic Scales
Matrices and Markov Chains
Review of Matrices
Introduction to Markov Chains
Systems of Linear Equations
Long-Range Predictions
Solving Larger Systems of Equations
More on Markov Chains
Linear Programming
Review of Linear Inequalities
The Geometry of Linear Programming
Appendices: Using a Scientific Calculator
Using a Graphing Calculator
Graphing with a Graphing Calculator
Finding Points of Intersection with a Graphing Calculator
Dimensional Analysis
Body Table for the Standard Normal Distribution
Answers to Selected Exercises
Available On The Web: Linear Programming
Introduction to the Simplex Method
The Simplex Method: Complete Problems
The Concepts And History Of Calculus
The Review of Ratios, Parabolas, and Functions
The Antecedents of Calculus
Four Problems
Newton and Tangent Lines
Newton on Falling Objects and the Derivative
The Trajectory of a Cannonball
Newton and Areas
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