The Handy Math Answer Book

The Handy Math Answer Book

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The Handy Math Answer Book by Patricia Barnes-Svarney, Thomas E Svarney

From modern-day challenges such as balancing a checkbook, following the stock market, buying a home, and figuring out credit card finance charges to appreciating historical developments by Pythagoras, Archimedes, Newton, and other mathematicians, this engaging resource addresses more than 1,000 questions related to mathematics. Organized into chapters that cluster similar topics in an easily accessible format, this reference provides clear and concise explanations about the fundamentals of algebra, calculus, geometry, trigonometry, and other branches of mathematics. It contains the latest mathematical discoveries, including newly uncovered historical documents and updates on how science continues to use math to make cutting-edge innovations in DNA sequencing, superstring theory, robotics, and computers. With fun math facts and illuminating figures, The Handy Math Answer Book explores the uses of math in everyday life. Math can be daunting, but a little understanding can bring the joy of understanding our world a little bit better. What are a googol and a googolplex? What are some of the basic “building blocks” of geometry? What is a percent? What are some of the mathematics behind global warming? How does the adult brain process fractions? What is a computer“app”?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781578593736
Publisher: Visible Ink Press
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Series: The Handy Answer Book Series Series
Edition description: Second Edition, Second edition
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 1,042,967
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Patricia Barnes-Svarney is the author of "The New York Public Library Science Desk Reference" and "When the Earth Moves: Rogue Earthquakes, Tremors, and Aftershocks," as well as hundreds of articles for science magazines and journals. Thomas E. Svarney is a scientist and the coauthor with Patricia Barnes-Svarney of numerous books, including "The Oryx Guide to Natural History," " Skies of Fury: Weather Weirdness Around the World," and several titles in the Handy Answer Book series. They live in Endicott, New York.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Acknowledgments xi

Appendix I Measurement Systems and Conversion Factors 479

Appendix II Common Formulas for Calculating Areas and Volumes of Shapes 485

Index 489

The History of Mathematics 1

What Is Mathematics?

Early Counting and Numbers

Mesopotamian Numbers and Mathematics

Egyptian Numbers and Mathematics

Greek and Roman Mathematics

Other Cultures and Early Mathematics

Mathematics after the Middle Ages

Into Modern Mathematics

Mathematics Throughout History 37

The Creation of Zero and Pi

Development of Weights and Measures

Time and Math in History

Math and Calendars in History

Math Basics 67

Basic Arithmetic

All about Numbers

More about Numbers

The Concept of Zero

Basic Mathematical Operations


Foundations of Mathematics 105

Foundations and Logic

Mathematical and Formal Logic

Axiomatic System

Set Theory

Algebra 137

The Basics of Algebra

Algebra Explained

Algebraic Operations

Exponents and Logarithms

Polynomial Equations

More Algebra

Abstract Algebra

Geometry and Trigonometry 169

Geometry Beginnings

Basics of Geometry

Plane Geometry

Solid Geometry

Measurements and Transformations

Analytic Geometry


Other Geometries

Mathematical Analysis 213

Analysis Basics

Sequences and Series

Calculus Basics

Differential Calculus

Integral Calculus

Differential Equations

Vector and Other Analyses

Applied Mathematics 247

Applied Mathematics Basics

Probability Theory


Modeling and Simulation

Other Areas of Applied Mathematics

Math in the Physical Sciences 279

Physics and Mathematics

Classical Physics and Mathematics

Modern Physics and Mathematics

Chemistry and Math

Astronomy and Math

Math in the Natural Sciences 305

Math in Geology

Math in Meteorology

Math in Biology

Math and the Environment

Math in Engineering 339

Basics of Engineering

Civil Engineering and Mathematics

Mathematics and Architecture

Electrical Engineering and Materials Science

Chemical Engineering

Industrial and Aeronautical Engineering

Math in Computing 363

Early Counting and Calculating Devices

Mechanical and Electronic Calculating Devices

Modem Computers and Mathematics


Everyday Math 591

Numbers and Math in Everyday Life

Math and the Outdoors

Math, Numbers, and the Body

Math and the Consumer's Money

Math and Traveling

Recreational Math 425

Math Puzzles

Mathematical Games

Card and Dice Games

Sports Numbers

Just for Fun

Mathematical Resources 453

Educational Resources

Organizations and Societies


Popular Resources

Surfing the Internet

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