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Written for the Math for Liberal Arts course, TOPICS IN CONTEMPORARY MATHEMATICS helps users see math at work in the world by presenting problem solving in purposeful and meaningful contexts. Many of the problems in the book demonstrate how math relates to subjects—such as sociology, psychology, business, and technology—that generally interest users. This Enhanced Edition includes instant access to WebAssign®, the most widely-used and reliable homework system. WebAssign® presents over 500 problems, as well as links to relevant book sections, that help users grasp the concepts needed to succeed in this course. As an added bonus, the Start Smart Guide has been bound into this book. This guide… More contains instructions to help users learn the basics of WebAssign quickly.Less

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List price: $339.95 Edition: 9th Copyright year: 2010 Publisher: Brooks/Cole Publication date: 7/16/2009 Binding: Mixed Media Pages: 1056 Size: 8.25" wide x 10.25" long x 1.50" tall Weight: 4.4 Language: English

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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… More 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.Less

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 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

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, and 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

Right Triangle Trigonometry

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 Probability

Conditional Probability

Independent Events

Odds and Mathematical Expectation

Statistics

Sampling and Frequency Distribution

Measures of Central Tendency: The Mean, Median, and Mode

Measures of Depression: 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 Rules of

Buying a House

Investing in Stocks, Bonds, and Mutual Funds

Voting And Apportionment. (Online Only) Voting Systems

Voting Objections

Apportionment Methods

Apportionment Objections

Graph Theory. (Online Only) Introduction to Graph Theory

Euler Paths and Euler Circuits

Hamilton Paths and Hamilton Circuits

Trees

Appendix: The Metric System. (Online Only)

Metric Units of Measurement

Convert If You Must

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