For All Practical Purposes: Mathematical Literacy in Today's World

For All Practical Purposes: Mathematical Literacy in Today's World



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From nature, to science and industry, to economics, finance, and politics, For All Practical Purposes uses both contemporary and classic examples to help students appreciate the use of math in their everyday lives. The book offers a series of independent chapters on high-interest topics, including business management, voting, and bar codes, with relevant and interesting applications central to the unfolding of each chapter’s story. This format makes it easy for instructors to cover just the material they want to present, or even craft a custom version of the text.

This edition includes new features to help liberal arts students succeed in the course. It is accompanied by an exceptional variety of instructor resources, for both experienced teachers and those new to the liberal arts math course.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781464120473
Publisher: Worth Publishers
Publication date: 12/28/2011
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 10.20(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Part I: Management Science
Chapter 1: Urban Services
Chapter 2: Business Efficiency
Chapter 3: Planning and Scheduling
Chapter 4: Linear Programming
Part II: Statistics: The Science of Data
Chapter 5: Exploring Data: Distributions
Chapter 6: Exploring Data: Relationships
Chapter 7: Data for Decisions
Chapter 8: Probability: the Mathematics of Chance
Part III: Voting and Social Choice
Chapter 9: Social Choice: The Impossible Dream
Chapter 10: The Manipulability of Voting Systems
Chapter 11: Weighted Voting Systems
Chapter 12: Electing the President
Part IV: Fairness and Game Theory
Chapter 13: Fair Division
Chapter 14: Apportionment
Chapter 15: Game Theory: The Mathematics of Competition
Part V: The Digital Revolution
Chapter 16: Identification Numbers
Chapter 17: Information Science
Part VI: On Size and Growth
Chapter 18: Growth and Form
Chapter 19: Symmetry and Patterns
Chapter 20: Tilings
Part VII: Your Money and Resources
Chapter 21: Savings Models
Chapter 22: Borrowing Models
Chapter 23: The Economics of Resources

These additional chapters are available through custom publishing, the text's Online Study Center, and MathPortal:

  • Sets
  • Problem Solving
  • Logic
  • Geometry
  • Counting and Probability
  • Numeration Systems
  • Personal Finance

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