Finite Mathematics, Enhanced Review Edition (with CengageNOW, Personal Tutor Printed Access Card) / Edition 4

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Overview

Capturing student interest with a wealth of relevant, real world applications, Stefan Waner and Steven Costenoble's FINITE MATHEMATICS, Fourth Edition makes the material come alive for students! Providing maximum flexibility with the use of technology, the book integrates the use of spreadsheets and graphing calculators with instructions for Microsoft Excel and the TI-83. This technology material is clearly delineated so instructors can use as much or as little as they would like for their course. The popular accompanying website also provides a wealth of interactive tutorials, exercises, and online support. Connecting with all types of teaching and learning styles, Waner/Costenoble supports a wide range of instructional paradigms: from traditional lecture to a hybrid course to distance learning.

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"I love the Question and Answer paragraphs. They pinpoint key ideas and offer clear explanations of why things are done in a particular way. Moreover, as a teaching tool, the instructor can emphasize to the students that these are the types of questions they should ask themselves whenever they are reading or listening to any mathematical presentation. If they can't come up with the answers themselves, it is an indication they need more work or need to get help from their instructor."

"I thought Finite Mathematics was innovative in many respects and I liked some of the innovations enough that I will permanently adopt them as part of my approach to teaching this course." "The greatest strength of this book is the realistic nature of examples and exercises. Obviously the authors went to a lot of effort to create these! I also think the students appreciate these books that make an earnest effort to communicate with them in a way they will find useful." "I think the idea of making Excel central to the course is the correct approach for a business oriented mathematics course."

"The Question-and-Answer segments add to the readability of the text and help bring it alive for the students. They probably don't think of questions as they read, so providing some questions further enhances the value of the book."

"I have been using Waner/Costenoble for several years now and have enjoyed their use of humor and useful application exercises…Their integration of real world problems helps answer students' questions of 'When am I ever going to use this?' Rare is such a question when using this book." "The addition of Excel is a great tool for those using computers in their courses."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495384298
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 4/30/2007
  • Series: Available 2010 Titles Enhanced Web Assign Series
  • Edition description: Enhanced
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 688
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Stefan Waner and Steven R. Costenoble both received their Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, having studied several years apart with the same advisor, J. Peter May. Their paths merged when Steven joined Stefan at Hofstra University in 1987; since then they have coauthored 15 research papers in algebraic topology. By the early 1990s they had become dissatisfied with many of the Finite Mathematics and Applied Calculus textbooks. They wanted textbooks that were more readable and relevant to students' interests, containing examples and exercises that were interesting, and reflected the interactive approaches and techniques they found worked well with their own students. It therefore seemed natural to extend their research collaboration to a joint textbook writing project that expressed these ideals. To this day they continue to work together on their textbook projects, their research in algebraic topology, and their teaching.

Stefan Waner and Steven R. Costenoble both received their Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, having studied several years apart with the same advisor, J. Peter May. Their paths merged when Steven joined Stefan at Hofstra University in 1987; since then they have coauthored 15 research papers in algebraic topology. By the early 1990s they had become dissatisfied with many of the Finite Mathematics and Applied Calculus textbooks. They wanted textbooks that were more readable and relevant to students' interests, containing examples and exercises that were interesting, and reflected the interactive approaches and techniques they found worked well with their own students. It therefore seemed natural to extend their research collaboration to a joint textbook writing project that expressed these ideals. To this day they continue to work together on their textbook projects, their research in algebraic topology, and their teaching.

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Table of Contents

0. ALGEBRA REVIEW. Real Numbers. Exponents and Radicals. Multiplying and Factoring Algebraic Equations. Rational Expressions. Solving Polynomial Equations. Solving Miscellaneous Equations. 1. FUNCTIONS AND LINEAR MODELS. Functions from the Numerical and Algebraic Viewpoints. Functions from the Graphical Viewpoint. Linear Functions. Linear Models. Linear Regression. Key Concepts. Review Exercises. Case Study: Modeling Spending on Internet Advertising. Technology Guides. Optional Internet Topic: New Functions from Old: Scaled and Shifted Functions. 2. SYSTEMS OF LINEAR EQUATIONS AND MATRICES. Systems of Two Equations in Two Unknowns. Using Matrices to Solve Systems of Equations. Applications of Systems of Linear Equations. Key Concepts. Review Exercises. Case Study: The Impact of Regulating Sulfur Emissions. Technology Guides. 3. MATRIX ALGEBRA AND APPLICATIONS. Matrix Addition and Scalar Multiplication. Matrix Multiplication. Matrix Inversion. Matrices in Practice: Game Theory. Matrices in Practice: Input-Output Models. Key Concepts. Review Exercises. Case Study: The Japanese Economy. Technology Guides. 4. LINEAR PROGRAMMING. Graphing Linear Inequalities. Solving Linear Programming Problems Graphically. The Simplex Method: Solving Standard Maximization Problems. The Simplex Method: Solving General Linear Programming Problems. The Simplex Method and Duality (Optional). Key Concepts. Review Exercises. Case Study: Airline Scheduling. Technology Guides. 5. THE MATHEMATICS OF FINANCE. Simple Interest. Compound Interest. Annuities, Loans, and Bonds. Key Concepts. Review Exercises. Case Study: Saving for College. Technology Guides. 6. SETS AND COUNTING. Sets and Set Operations. Cardinality. The Addition and Multiplication Principles. Permutations and Combinations. Key Concepts. Review Exercises. Case Study: Designing a Puzzle. Technology Guides. 7. PROBABILITY. Sample Spaces and Events. Estimated Probability. Theoretical Probability and Probability Distributions. Probability and Counting Techniques (optional). Conditional Probability and Independence. Bayes' Theorem and Applications. Probability in Practice: Markov Systems. Key Concepts. Review Exercises. Case Study: The Monty Hall Problem. Technology Guides. 8. RANDOM VARIABLES AND STATISTICS. Random Variables and Distributions. Bernoulli Trials and Binomial Random Variables. Measures of Central Tendency. Measures of Dispersion. Normal Distributions. Key Concepts. Review Exercises. Case Study: Spotting Tax Fraud with Benford's Law. Technology Guides. Optional Internet Topics: Sampling Distributions and the Central Limit Theorem. Confidence Intervals. Hypothesis Testing. APPENDIX A: LOGIC. APPENDIX B TABLE: AREA UNDER A NORMAL CURVE. ANSWERS TO SELECTED EXERCISES. INDEX. OPTIONAL INTERNET TOPIC. S. CALCULUS APPLIED TO PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS. Introduction. Continuous Random Variables and Histograms. Probability Density Functions: Uniform, Exponential, Normal, and Beta. Mean, Median, Variance and Standard Deviation. Case Study: Creating a Family Trust.

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