Summary: This best-selling textbook, offered in loose-leaf version, takes an active learning approach through a question-and-answer presentation in which students actively learn the material while reading through the text, rather than reading with the intent to learn later. For example, the authors turn the passive statement "read the author's solution" into the active "work the problem with guided methodology from the authors." As with previous editions, ...show morethis text allows professors to tailor the order of chapters to accommodate their particular needs through two flexible formats--a standard paperbound edition and loose-leaf edition. This modularity is achieved not only by carefully writing each topic so it never assumes prior knowledge, but also by including any and all necessary preview or review information needed to learn that topic. The new Third Edition integrates new features such as helpful technological resources, coached problems, and enhanced art and photography, all of which dovetail with the text's active learning approach.