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Topics in Contemporary Mathematics

ISBN-10: 0618347526
ISBN-13: 9780618347520
Edition: 8th 2005
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Book details

List price: $317.95
Edition: 8th
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: CENGAGE Learning
Publication date: 2/17/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 1024
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 4.774
Language: English

Topics in Contemporary Mathematics,8/e, is uniquely designed to help students see math at work in the contemporary world by presenting problem solving in purposeful and meaningful contexts. Strong technology focus encourages students to learn and apply their knowledge using the most up-to-date web links maintained by the author on a companion web site. Instructors may also use this site to access PowerPoint slides for convenient class presentations. In addition to these web resources, lecture and practice test videos have been developed to provide extra support and foster confidence outside of the classroom. For those students in Florida, a CLAST Test guide and video are available as well. A variety of pedagogical features reinforce ideas and motivate students to learn.Getting Startedoffers a motivating introduction for the techniques and ideas in each section. Through web references andWeb Itexercises, students utilize the Internet as an educational and creative tool to study mathematical concepts.Collaborative Learningencourages student interaction as they work together to solve problems. TheGraph Itfeature found in the book margins provides step-by-step directions for solving specific examples using the TI-83 graphing calculator. Problem-solving approach throughout the text helps students learn techniques and methods that will benefit them throughout their lives and careers. These special examples use George Polya's problem-solving strategy (RSTUVRead, Select, Think of a plan, Use the techniques, Verify) and a unique two-column format for describing the general problem-solving method and demonstrating specific uses. Eduspace, powered by Blackboard, for the Bello/BrittonTopics in Contemporary Mathcourse features algorithmic exercises, test bank content in question pools and video explanations.

Ignacio Bello attended the University of South Florida (USF), wherehe earned a B.A. and M.A. in Mathematics. He beganteaching at USF in 1967, and in 1971 became a memberof the Faculty at Hillsborough Community College(HCC) and Coordinator of the Math and SciencesDepartment. Professor Bello instituted the USF/HCCremedial program, a program that started with 17 students taking Intermediate Algebra and grew to more than 800students with courses covering Developmental English, Reading, and Mathematics. Aside from the present series ofbooks (Basic College Mathematics, Introductory Algebra, and Intermediate Algebra), Professor Bello is the authorof more than 40 textbooks including Topics in Contemporary Mathematics (ninth edition), College Algebra, Algebraand Trigonometry, and Business Mathematics. Many of these textbooks have been translated into Spanish. WithProfessor Fran Hopf, Bello started the Algebra Hotline, the only live, college-level television help program in Florida.Professor Bello is featured in three television programs on the award-winning Education Channel. He has helpedcreate and develop the USF Mathematics Department Website (http://mathcenter.usf.edu), which serves as supportfor the Finite Math, College Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, and Introductory Algebra, and CLAST classes at USF.You can see Professor Bello’s presentations and streaming videos at this website, as well as at http://www.ibello.com.Professor Bello is a member of the MAA and AMATYC and has given many presentations regarding the teaching ofmathematics at the local, state, and national levels.

Note: Each chapter concludes with a Summary, Research Questions, a Practice Test, and Answers to Practice Test
Problem Solving
Inductive Reasoning
Estimation: A Problem-Solving Tool
Graph Interpretation: A Problem-Solving Tool
Sets
Sets: A Problem-Solving Tool
Set Operations
Venn Diagrams
The Number of Elements in a Set: A Problem-Solving Tool
Infinite Sets
Logic
Statements
Truth Tables: A Problem-Solving Tool
The Conditional and the Biconditional
Variations of the Conditional and Implications
Euler Diagrams: A Problem-Solving Tool
Truth Tables and Validity of Arguments
Switching Networks: A Problem-Solving Tool
Numeration Systems
Egyptian, Babylonian, and Roman Numeration Systems
The Hindu-Arabic (Decimal) System
Number Systems with Bases Other Than 10
Binary Arithmetic
Octal and Hexadecimal Arithmetic
Number Theory and the Real Numbers
Number Theory: Primes and Composites
Whole Numbers, Integers, and Order of Operations
The Rational Numbers
Decimals, Scientific Notation, Significant Digits
Rationals as Decimals: Percents
Real Numbers, Square Roots, and Decimal Representation
Radicals
Number Sequences
Equations, Inequalities, and Problem Solving
Solutions of First-Degree Sentences
Graphs of Algebraic Sentences
Sentences Involving Absolute Values
Quadratic Equations
Modeling and Problem Solving
Ratio, Proportion, and Variation
Functions and Graphs
Graphing Relations and Functions
Linear Functions, Relations, and Applications
Slopes and Equations of a Line
Quadratic Functions and Their Graphs
Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
Two Linear Equations in Two Variables
Linear Inequalities
Linear Programming
Geometry
Points, Lines, Planes, and Angles
Triangles and Other Polygons
Perimeter and Circumference
Area Measure and the Pythagorean Theorem
Volume and Surface Area
Networks, Non-Euclidean Geometry, and Topology
Chaos and Fractals
Mathematical Systems and Matrices
Matrix Operations
Solving Systems of Linear Equations with Matrices
Clock and Modular Arithmetic
Abstract Mathematical Systems: Groups and Fields
Game Theory
Counting Techniques
The Sequential Counting Principle (SCP): A Problem-Solving Tool
Permutations
Combinations
Miscellaneous Counting Methods
Probability
Sample Spaces and Probability
Counting Techniques and Probability
Computation of Probabilities
Conditional Probability
Independent Events
Odds and Mathematical Expectation
Statistics
Sampling and Frequency Distributions
Measures of Central Tendency: The Mean, Median, and Mode
Measures of Dispersion: The Range and Standard Deviation
The Normal Distribution: A Problem-Solving Tool
Statistical Graphs: A Problem-Solving Tool
Making Predictions: Linear Regression
Scattergrams and Correlation
Your Money and Your Math
Interest, Taxes, and Discounts
Credit Cards and Consumer Credit
Annual Percentage Rate (APR) and the Rule of 78
Buying a House
Voting and Apportionment
Voting Systems
Voting Objections
Apportionment Methods
Apportionment Objections
Graph Theory
Introduction to Graph Theory
Euler Paths and Euler Circuits
Hamilton Paths and Hamilton Circuits
Trees Appendix: The Metric System
Answers to Odd-Numbered Problems
Research Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Photo Credits
Index

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