ISBN-10:
0132700182
ISBN-13:
9780132700184
Pub. Date:
06/28/1997
Publisher:
Prentice Hall, Inc.
Introductory Mathematics / Edition 2

Introductory Mathematics / Edition 2

by Nigel P. Cook

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ISBN-13: 9780132700184
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
Publication date: 06/28/1997
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 257
Product dimensions: 7.94(w) x 9.91(h) x 0.67(d)

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PREFACE:

Preface

At the very heart of science and technology is mathematics, and therefore an understanding of the subject is imperative. This book presents the essentials of mathematics in an interesting and easy-to-understand manner. Your motivation to develop these skills is simple. These days the workforce has a choice for you, high skills or low wages. To advance in any career, you will need a solid foundation in mathematics. Achieving this solid foundation should not be painful or boring. It can, in fact, be interesting and fun, and if approached properly, can encourage a real interest. For example, try the following:

  • Write the number of the month you were born
  • Multiply this number by 4
  • Answer =
  • Add 13 to the last answer
  • Answer =
  • Multiply this answer by 25
  • Answer =
  • Subtract 200 from the last answer
  • Answer =
  • Add the day of the month you were born
  • Answer =
  • Double the last answer
  • Answer =
  • Subtract 40
  • Answer =
  • Multiply by 50
  • Answer =
  • Add the last two digits of your birth year
  • Answer =
  • Subtract 10,500 from the last answer
  • Answer = 00/00/00 (Month, Day & Year of your birth)

As you can see from this example, obtaining an answer that matches the month, day, and year you were born seems almost mystical. If you examine the steps involved from start to finish, however, you will see that this trick has a simple, logical explanation.

I hope that this book will take the mystery out of mathematics and encourage a real interest inits many elements. Good luck, and I don't blame you for lying about the year you were born—so did I!

New Features in the Third Edition Text

  • A StudyWizard CD-ROM packaged with this book contains additional mathematical practice problems and a point-by-point summary for each chapter.
  • A companion Website at ...

Table of Contents

(NOTE: Each chapter begins with a Vignette and a Conversational Introduction, and concludes with Multiple Choice Questions, Practice Problems, Communication Skill Questions, CD-ROM Tutorial and Questions, and Website Questions.)
1. Fractions.

Representing Fractions. Adding Fractions. Subtracting Fractions. Multiplying Fractions. Dividing Fractions. Canceling Fractions.

2. Decimal Numbers.
Counting in Decimal. The Decimal Point. Calculating in Decimal.

3. Positive and Negative Numbers.
Expressing Positive and Negative Numbers. Adding Positive and Negative Numbers. Subtracting Positive and Negative Numbers. Multiplying Positive and Negative Numbers. Dividing Positive and Negative Numbers. Dealing with Strings of Positive and Negative Numbers.

4. Exponents and the Metric System.
Raising a Base Number to a Higher Power. Powers of Ten. The Metric System.

5. Algebra, Equations, and Formulas.
The Basics of Algebra. Transposition. Substitution.

6. Trigonometry.
The 3, 4, 5 Right-Angle Triangle. Opposite, Adjacent, Hypotenuse, and Theta.

7. Logarithms and Graphs.
Common Logarithms. Graphs.

Appendix A: Mini Math Dictionary.
Appendix B: The Multiplication Table.
Appendix C: Complex Numbers.
Appendix D:The Scientific Calculator.
Appendix E: Numeration.
Appendix F: Mathematical Signs and Symbols.
Appendix G: Weights and Measures.
Appendix H: Geometry and Trigonometry Formulas.
Appendix I: Answers to Self-Test Review Questions.
Appendix J: Answers to Odd-Numbered, End-of-Chapter Multiple-Choice Questions.
Appendix K: Answers to Odd-Numbered, End-of-Chapter Practice Problems.
Index.

Preface

PREFACE:

Preface

At the very heart of science and technology is mathematics, and therefore an understanding of the subject is imperative. This book presents the essentials of mathematics in an interesting and easy-to-understand manner. Your motivation to develop these skills is simple. These days the workforce has a choice for you, high skills or low wages. To advance in any career, you will need a solid foundation in mathematics. Achieving this solid foundation should not be painful or boring. It can, in fact, be interesting and fun, and if approached properly, can encourage a real interest. For example, try the following:

  • Write the number of the month you were born
  • Multiply this number by 4
  • Answer =
  • Add 13 to the last answer
  • Answer =
  • Multiply this answer by 25
  • Answer =
  • Subtract 200 from the last answer
  • Answer =
  • Add the day of the month you were born
  • Answer =
  • Double the last answer
  • Answer =
  • Subtract 40
  • Answer =
  • Multiply by 50
  • Answer =
  • Add the last two digits of your birth year
  • Answer =
  • Subtract 10,500 from the last answer
  • Answer = 00/00/00 (Month, Day & Year of your birth)

As you can see from this example, obtaining an answer that matches the month, day, and year you were born seems almost mystical. If you examine the steps involved from start to finish, however, you will see that this trick has a simple, logical explanation.

I hope that this book will take the mystery out of mathematics and encourage a real interestinits many elements. Good luck, and I don't blame you for lying about the year you were born—so did I!

New Features in the Third Edition Text

  • A StudyWizard CD-ROM packaged with this book contains additional mathematical practice problems and a point-by-point summary for each chapter.
  • A companion Website at ...

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