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Using and Understanding Mathematics - 4th edition

Using and Understanding Mathematics (ISBN10: 0321458206; ISBN13: 9780321458209)
ISBN13: 978-0321458209
ISBN10: 0321458206

Summary: Most students taking this course do so to fulfill a requirement, but the true benefit of the course is learning how to use and understand mathematics in daily life. This quantitative reasoning text is written expressly for those students, providing them with the mathematical reasoning and quantitative literacy skills they'll need to make good decisions throughout their lives. Common-sense applications of mathematics engage students while underscoring the practical, esse ...show morential uses of math.

Features

  • Practical Matters. Focusing on matters of high practical importance, this feature highlights common-sense applications of math such as avoiding credit card trouble and spotting a bad cell phone deal.
  • A Brief Review. This feature reviews key mathematical skills students should have learned previously, but which many students still need review and practice. They appear in the book wherever a particular skill is first needed, and exercises based on the review boxes can be found at the end of the unit.
  • Thinking About. Building upon the main narrative, this feature reaches beyond to a deeper level of mathematical understanding. Examples include boxes on the proof of the Pythagorean theorem and on Zeno's paradox.
  • Time Out to Think. Appearing throughout the book, the Time Out to Think features pose short conceptual questions designed to help students reflect on important new ideas. They also serve as excellent starting points for classroom discussions.
  • Margin Features. A wide margin leaves room for students to make notes while studying. The margin also contains material that spurs student interest in three basic forms:
    • By the Way features contain interesting notes and asides relevant to the topic at hand
    • Historical Note remarks give historical context to the ideas presented in the chapter
    • Technical Notes contain details that are important mathematically for students looking for more depth
  • Now Try Exercises. At the end of every in-text example students are directed to Now Try a specific exercise, immediately testing their comprehension of the material.
  • Does It Make Sense? These qualitative exercise questions test conceptual understanding by asking whether given statements are sensible and asking students to explain why or why not.
  • Basic Skills and Concepts. Covering concepts from the unit, these exercises can be used for homework assignments or for self-study. Answers to most odd-numbered exercises appear in the back of the book.
  • Web Projects. The Web Projects require students to search for data or other information online. They can be used for extended projects, discussions, group activities, or essays.
  • In the News. In these exercises, students are challenged to find examples of unit concepts in the news or in their daily lives. These questions may be assigned as homework or used for class discussions.
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Edition/Copyright: 4TH 08
Cover: Hardback
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Longman, Inc.
Published: 02/05/2007
International: No

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