Mathematics: A Practical Odyssey / Edition 7

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Users discover the many ways in which mathematics is relevant to their lives with MATHEMATICS: A PRACTICAL ODYSSEY, 7E and its accompanying online resources. They master problem-solving skills in such areas as calculating interest and understanding voting systems and come to recognize the relevance of mathematics and to appreciate its human aspect.

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Editorial Reviews

Johnson and Mowry (Diablo Valley College) introduce topics in mathematics that are usable and relevant to any educated person, but particularly to liberal arts students who have just completed a course in intermediate algebra. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"A thorough, easy reading, liberal arts text that covers the major topics in good detail; has an ample selection of exercises and examples; and includes several additional topics that can be covered if desired."

"I think that the order of the sections is very distinct. It was one of the main reasons that we initially chose the book because the first 5 chapters were our exact course. I also think that it is more cohesive than other texts. Other publishers seems to just stick in new chapters from edition to edition without making sure the notation is the same or the vocabulary is the same, one of the nicest differences about this book is that it just feels like a lot of thought was put into it."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780538495059
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 1024
  • Sales rank: 341,029
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

David B. Johnson is Professor of Mathematics at Diablo Valley College.

Thomas A. Mowry is Professor of Mathematics at Diablo Valley College.

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Table of Contents

Preface. 1. LOGIC. Deductive Logic versus Inductive Logic. Symbolic Logic. Truth Tables. More on Conditionals. Analyzing Arguments. Chapter 1 Review. 2. SETS AND COUNTING. Sets and Set Operations. Applications of Venn Diagrams. Introduction to Combinatorics. Permutations and Combinations. Infinite Sets. Chapter 2 Review. 3. PROBABILITY. History of Probability. Basic Terms of Probability. Basic Rules of Probability. Combinatorics and Probability. Expected Value. Conditional Probability. Independence; Trees in Genetics. Chapter 3 Review. 4. STATISTICS. Population, Sample, and Data. Measures of Central Tendency. Measures of Dispersion. The Normal Distribution. Polls and Margin of Error. Linear Regression. Chapter 4 Review. 5. FINANCE. Simple Interest. Compound Interest. Annuities. Amortized Loans. Annual Percentage Rate with a TI's TVM Application. Payout Annuities. Chapter 5 Review. 6. VOTING AND APPORTIONMENT. Voting Systems. Methods of Apportionment. Flaws of Apportionment. Chapter 6 Review. 7. NUMBER SYSTEMS AND NUMBER THEORY. Place Systems. Addition and Subtraction in Different Bases. Multiplication and Division in Different Bases. Prime Numbers and Perfect Numbers. Fibonacci Numbers and the Golden Ratio. Chapter 7 Review. 8. GEOMETRY Perimeter and Area. Volume and Surface Area. Egyptian Geometry. The Greeks. Right Triangle Trigonometry. Linear Perspective. Conic Sections and Analytic Geometry. Non-Euclidean Geometry. Fractal Geometry. The Perimeter and Area of a Fractal. Chapter 8 Review. 9. GRAPH THEORY. A Walk through Königsberg. Graphs and Euler Trails. Hamilton Circuits. Networks. Scheduling. Chapter 9 Review. 10. EXPONENTIAL AND LOGARITHMIC FUNCTIONS. Review of Exponentials and Logarithms. Review of Properties of Logarithms. Exponential Growth. Exponential Decay. Logarithmic Scales. Chapter 10 Review. 11. MATRICES AND MARKOV CHAINS. Review of Matrices. Introduction to Markov Chains. Systems of Linear Equations. Long-Range Predictions with Markov Chains. Solving Larger Systems of Equations. More on Markov Chains. Chapter 11 Review. 12. LINEAR PROGRAMMING. Review of Linear Inequalities. The Geometry of Linear Programming. Chapter 12 Review. 12. LINEAR PROGRAMMING (ONLINE). Introduction to the Simplex Method. The Simplex Method: Complete Problems. Chapter 12 Review. 13. THE CONCEPTS AND HISTORY OF CALCULUS (ONLINE). Review of Rations, Parabolas, and Functions. The Antecedents of Calculus. Four Problems. Newton and Tangent Lines. Newton on Falling Objects and the Derivative. The Trajectory of a Cannonball. Newton and Areas. Conclusion. Chapter 13 Review. APPENDIXES. Appendix A. Appendix B Using a Graphing Calculator. Appendix C Graphing with a Graphing Calculator. Appendix D Finding Points of Intersection with a Graphing Calculator. Appendix E Dimensional Analysis. Appendix F Body Table for the Standard Normal Distribution. Index.

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