Mathematical View of Our World

ISBN-10: 0495110752
ISBN-13: 9780495110750
Edition: 2007
List price: $280.95
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Description: A MATHEMATICAL VIEW OF OUR WORLD helps students understand and harness the power of mathematics in their present studies and future careers. Designed for a liberal arts mathematics course that has a strong focus on applications, this  More...

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Book details

List price: $280.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Brooks/Cole
Publication date: 2/16/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 1000
Size: 8.50" wide x 11.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 4.686
Language: English

A MATHEMATICAL VIEW OF OUR WORLD helps students understand and harness the power of mathematics in their present studies and future careers. Designed for a liberal arts mathematics course that has a strong focus on applications, this student-friendly textbook helps students see the beauty and power of mathematics as it is applied to the world around them. Recognizing that quantitative literacy is essential in an increasing number of professional fields as well as in the daily decision-making and communication of informed citizens, the book develops students' mathematical self-confidence and prepares them to use mathematics in the future. In writing the book, the authors endeavored to be faithful to the recommendations of such professional mathematics associations as the MAA, AMATYC, and NCTM. Overall, students will recognize the connections, patterns, and significance of the mathematics they study, and see that mathematics has a meaningful place in their lives.

Gary Musser is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Oregon State University. Professor Musser has published 40 papers in many journals, including the PACIFIC JOURNAL OF MATHEMATICS, CANADIAN JOURNAL OF MATHEMATICS, THE MATHEMATICS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA MONTHLY, the NCTM's THE MATEMATICAL TEACHER, the NCTM's THE ARITHMETIC TEACHER, SCHOOL SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS, THE OREGON MATHEMATICS TEACHER, and THE COMPUTING TEACHER. In addition, he is a coauthor of two other college mathematics books: COLLEGE GEOMETRY: A PROBLEM-SOLVING APPROACH WITH APPLICATIONS and MATHEMATICS FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS. He also coauthored the K-8 series MATHEMATICS IN ACTION. He has given more than 65 invited lectures/workshops at a variety of conferences, including NCTM and MAA conferences, and was awarded 15 federal, state, and local grants to improve the teaching of mathematics. While Professor Musser was at OSU, he was awarded the university's prestigious College of Science Carter Award for Teaching.

Vikki Maurer is Mathematics Faculty at Linn-Benton Community College. Together with Roger Maurer and Lynn Trimpe, Vikki wrote several editions of the Student Hints and Solutions Manual to accompany the Musser/Burger/Peterson text, MATHEMATICS FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS: A CONTEMPORARY APPROACH, most recently for the 7th edition.

Roger Maurer is Mathematics Faculty at Linn-Benton Community College. Together with Vikki Maurer and Lynn Trimpe, Roger wrote several editions of the Student Hints and Solutions Manual to accompany the Musser/Burger/Peterson text, MATHEMATICS FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS: A CONTEMPORARY APPROACH," most recently for the 7th edition.

Numbers in Our Lives
Identification Numbers and Check Digits
Modular Arithmetic and Check Digit Schemes
Encoding Data
Shapes in Our Lives
Tilings
Symmetry, Rigid Motions, and Escher Patters
Fibonacci Numbers and the Golden Mean - Shapes in Nature
Voting and Elections
Voting Systems
Flaws of the Voting Systems
Weighted Voting Systems
Fair Division
Divide and Choose Methods
Discrete and Mixed Division Problems
Envy-Free Division
Apportionment
The Apportionment Problem - Quota Methods
The Apportionment Problem - Divisor Methods
Flaws of the Apportionment Methods
Routes and Networks
Routing Problems
Network Problems
The Traveling Salesperson Problem
Scheduling
Basic Concepts of Scheduling
The List-Processing Algorithm and the Decreasing-Time Algorithm
The Critical-Path Algorithm
Descriptive Statistics - Data and Patterns
Organizing and Picturing Data
Comparisons
Enhancement, Distraction, and Distortion
Collecting and Interpreting Data
Populations, Samples, and Data
Survey Sampling Methods
Measures of Central Tendency and Variability
Probability
Computing Probabilities in Simple Experiments
Computing Probabilities in Multistage Experiments
Conditional Probability, Expected Value, and Odds
Inferential Statistics
Normal Distributions
Applications of Normal Distributions
Confidence Intervals and Reliable Estimation
Growth And Decay
Malthusian Population Growth
Population Decrease, Radioactive Decay
Logistic Population Models
Consumer Mathematics--Buying and Saving
Simple and Compound Interest
Loans
Buying a House.

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