Finite Mathematics For the Managerial, Life and Social Sciences / Edition 6

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In Finite Mathematics For the Managerial, Life, and Social Sciences, Sixth Edition, Soo Tan builds on the features that have made his texts market leaders—a real-life, problem-solving approach coupled with a concise writing style, a wealth of interesting and illustrative applications to help students understand the material, and technology coverage that is integrated, but optional, throughout the book. Tan is well known for his ability to present quantitative techniques in an intuitive and accessible yet accurate manner.

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Editorial Reviews

This textbook for a one-semester or two-quarter course covers linear equations, linear programming, probability, statistics, and Markov chains. The sixth edition adds more real-life examples and applications, such as the growth in e-mail use, strength of a reaction to a drug, and online shopping. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534369606
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 12/20/1999
  • Series: Math Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 704

Meet the Author

Soo T. Tan, Professor of Mathematics at Stonehill College, has published numerous papers in Optimal Control Theory and Numerical Analysis. He received his S.B. degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his M.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles. "One of the most important lessons I learned from my early experience teaching these courses is that many of the students come into these courses with some degree of apprehension.

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Table of Contents

1. STRAIGHT LINES AND LINEAR FUNCTIONS The Cartesian Coordinate System / Straight Lines / Linear Functions and Mathematical Models / Intersection of Straight Lines / The Method of Least Squares (Optional) / Chapter 1 Summary of Principal Terms / Chapter 1 Review Exercises 2. SYSTEMS OF LINEAR EQUATIONS AND MATRICES Systems of Linear Equations - Introduction / Solving Systems of Linear Equations I / Solving Systems of Linear Equations II / Matrices / Multiplication of Matrices / The Inverse of a Square Matrix / Leontief Input-Output Model (Optional) / Chapter 2 Summary of Principal Terms / Chapter 2 Review Exercises 3. LINEAR PROGRAMMING: A GEOMETRIC APPROACH Graphing Systems of Linear Inequalities in Two Variables / Linear Programming Problems / Graphical Solution of Linear Programming Problems / Chapter 3 Summary of Principal Terms / Chapter 3 Review Exercises 4. LINEAR PROGRAMMING: AN ALGEBRAIC APPROACH The Simplex Method: Standard Maximization Problems / The Simplex Method: Standard Minimization Problems / The Simplex Method: Nonstandard Problems (Optional) / Chapter 4 Summary of Principal Terms / Chapter 4 Review Exercises 5. MATHEMATICS OF FINANCE Compound Interest / Annuities / Amortization and Sinking Funds / Arithmetic and Geometric Progressions (Optional) / Chapter 5 Summary of Principal Formulas and Terms / Chapter 5 Review Exercises 6. SETS AND COUNTING Sets and Set Operations / The Number of Elements in a Finite Set / The Multiplication Principle / Permutations and Combinations / Chapter 6 Review Exercises 7. PROBABILITY Experiments, Sample Spaces, and Events / Definition of Probability / Rules of Probability / Use of Counting Techniques in Probability / Conditional Probability and Independent Events / Bayes'' Theorem / Chapter 7 Summary of Principal Terms / Chapter 7 Review Exercises 8. PROBABILITY DISTRIBUTIONS AND STATISTICS Distributions of Random Variables / Expected Value / Variance and Standard Deviation / The Binomial Distribution / The Normal Distribution / Applications of the Normal Distribution / Chapter 8 Review Exercises 9. MARKOV CHAINS AND THE THEORY OF GAMES Markov Chains / Regular Markov Chains / Absorbing Markov Chains / Game Theory and Strictly Determined Games / Games with Mixed Strategies / Chapter 9 Summary of Principal Formulas and Terms / Chapter 9 Review Exercises / APPENDIX A: INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC / Propositions and Connectives / Truth Tables / The Conditional and the Biconditional Connectives / Laws of Logic / Arguments / Applications of Logic to Switching Networks / APPENDIX B: THE SYSTEM OF REAL NUMBERS / APPENDIX C: TABLES / Table I: Compound Amount, Present Value, and Annuity / Table II: Binomial Probabilities / Table III: The Standard Normal Distribution / ANSWERS TO ODD-NUMBERED EXERCISES / INDEX

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